Well, I finally picked up a tube of the newly released Teese® cheddar cheese. My first goal was to see how easy and quick it would be to make something akin to the old Kraft mac ‘n cheese box crap we had as kids. Yeah, nostalgia has me hankering for crap once again.
The Teese was insanely easy to use and melted beautifully but the taste wasn’t quite there yet. I think I’m going to have to keep experimenting but here’s what I did during round 1:
- 1 log of Teese® cheddar, shredded in a processor for easier melting
- 1 shallot quartered and sliced thinly on a mandolin
- Earth Balance margarine, a glop
- about 1/2 to 3/4 c. rice milk
- 1 pound of whole wheat pasta shells
- Boil pasta shells and drain in sink. Transfer to large bowl.
- In same pot, melt butter and saute shallots until translucent.
- Add Teese® cheese and a dribble of soy or rice milk, start stirring to melt. Keep stirring until melted. Only add more milk if you’re certain it needs to be thinner.
- When all cheese is melted, pour over pasta and toss.
Verdict: Looked like old-fashioned mac ‘n cheese. Easy, no brainer, but doesn’t taste exactly like the Kraft stuff. That may be ok with some folks but I want to perfect crap first and then perhaps the Holy Grail. I’m going to buy another log of Teese and try a few more things, like adding some of the ingredients from a non-Teese recipe. Maybe a little dijon and touch of garlic. Maybe a tad more salt. Paprika. Or nutmeg. But no nutritional yeast, that stuff is rank.
Sorry, no photo, wasn’t worth it. Looked exactly like yellow Kraft mac ‘n cheese, just didn’t taste quite there yet. Still yummy though.
December 10, 2008 at 6:31 am
I’ve heard mixed reviews about Teese – some people love and some aren’t impressed. I think the secret to Vegan Cheez is to realise that it ain’t gonna taste like it’s dairy counterpart and to enjoy it for exactly what it is – flavoured Soy. having said that though – I’m looking forward to trying some Sheese and Toffuti when I’m home in the UK for Christmas!
I just hope it doesn’t disappoint.
December 10, 2008 at 9:24 am
You know… I wanted to like Teese cheese. I really did. I tried the mozzarella and the smell is what first got me. I thought it had a rather odd smell. I shredded it and put it on top of a homemade pizza and it didn’t really melt. But when I sliced it into thin rounds it melted perfectly. The taste was so/so. I might give the cheddar a try next time.
I wish you luck next time around. What if you try adding some Nutritional Yeast? I made some mac and cheese using it and it wasn’t bad at all.
December 10, 2008 at 10:51 am
The only “Teese” I’ve tried is Soy Station… err… FAIL… and I haven’t been able to make myself go back to it yet (plus it’s so damn expensive!)… but you’re right sometimes thickening up soy creamer on the stove with some nooch just doesn’t do it… BAH… now I want Mac & Cheese Snarky! Great! -_-
Has anyone tried that uncheese cookbook?? I keep thinking about it but even the used copies on amazon are still kind of a lot?
December 10, 2008 at 10:52 am
ooh… Treehugger… TOFUTTI is my favorite! I actually like it better than regular cream cheese!
December 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm
I still haven’t tried Teese. I haven’t seen it at whole foods, so I’ll try to track it down.
The uncheese cookbook is great, btw.
December 10, 2008 at 3:21 pm
Yeah, Tofutti rocks buy my husband calls it Totootie because of the, ahem, digestive issues. They make a nice sour cream too.
I do like the Mozzarella Teese. There were two other ‘blue’ cheeses on the market but I can’t remember their names. I can’t be buying them anyway because they’re so expensive.
Teese does come in 1 pound logs at about the same price as all the 4 ouncers.
I’m not giving up on Teese Cheddar, I just gotta find that right mix of spices to goo.
And it’s sooo much better than that wet cardboard they call Follow Your Heart.
December 10, 2008 at 3:25 pm
I have tried nutritional yeast for mac ‘n cheese but it just stinks weirdly for me. It makes me think of pet stores for some reason, sea monkeys to be specific. I have no idea why its smell makes me think of sea monkeys but I just can’t get past that.
I have heard wonderful things about the uncheese cookbook and keep vowing to try it but alas, the economy is taking a toll on my book budget. UGH!
December 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm
OMG! Sea Monkeys… nutritional yeast will never be the same for me again! hahah… maybe we should go in on a book share snarky… pretty practical to be shipping it back and forth across the country right? hhehee… Sea Monkey Macaroni is on my To-Make List!
December 12, 2008 at 10:46 am
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December 16, 2008 at 11:18 pm
Wow!!! Thanks soo much for awarding me with the Proximidade Award! I am completely thrilled to be in contact with such cool vegans and to be honored like this. I’ll do my duty and forward it on just after I’m done with my Xmas shopping. THANX!!
December 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm
So.. semi-related… I just got some Veggie Shreds in parm, mozzarella, and romano for some spinach artichoke dip I was making…impressive!
December 16, 2008 at 11:21 pm
ok, I give, what are Veggie Shreds? Is this something in a bag? In a box? With a hag? Or with a fox? I cannot find it here nor there, I cannot find it anywhere.
December 18, 2008 at 8:57 am
I too have heard nothing but rave reviews about The Uncheese Cook Book.
It is on my ever growing wish list.
December 22, 2008 at 2:01 pm
Sorry Julia… I realized (after consumption) that the Veggie Shreds (teese) actually aren’t vegan… just vegetarian… boo… what’s the point of that?? I had some “America” tofutti slices that weren’t so bad though.