Follow Your Heart Mozzarella Cheese Alternative
reviewed by Laura Dean
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If you are used to eating the "real thing", this vegan substitute may not wow you. In fact, it took this carnivore a bit of getting used to. However, after the first surprising bite, I found it pleasant to taste, though not as satisfying as the real thing. Then I poled my vegan counterparts, who's experience went as follows:
The flavor was good, I just wished it was a little stronger. Regardless, I went for the gold on testing. I was determined to make this cheese alternative melt atop pizza. I followed their high heat instructions, but alas, my shreds merely softened, and began to brown at the tips, without achieving the full melt. Not ready to give up, I slid the pizza into the broiler for one minute. This did it … at least a bit. The crust was a touch overdone after this escapade, but luckily not burnt.
It really was a wonderful treat to have a pizza with “cheese,” but next time I would try a cheddar / mozzarella blend. The mozzarella seemed to be overpowered by the bread and sauce. Perhaps it might fair better with a mild pesto?
While I cannot yet proclaim that the perfect cheese alternative has been developed, Vegan Gourmet is pretty tasty … and I am still in love with its shredability. I do plan on trying it again, especially to give their other two flavors, Nacho and Monterey Jack, a test run.
From reading around, I have found that each person seems to have their own “favorite” when it comes to cheese alternatives, as the few brands on the market are each so different. That being said … if you haven’t trialed Vegan Gourmet as of yet, then it is definitely worth a taste.
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