CREAMY ORIGINAL – PRODUCT OF GREECE
There really aren’t that many companies that make vegan cheese singles. I’ve tried most of them – some I can work with, others I can’t. Not yet anyway – some companies still need to evolve their recipes/formulas. After all, people are fairly new to the concept of dairy-free cheeses, but if they stay in long enough they’ll figure it out.
Field Roast has figured it out. They’re known for their grain meats, not dairy-free cheeses, so to get it right the first time, or maybe they didn’t market the product till they did get it right, is indeed rare. But what a coup. The Creamy Original is the only one of their three Chao cheeses that I’ve tried.
Years ago, when I bought cheese singles I liked the Kraft singles that were not individually wrapped at the time. My mother used to buy the white cheese in a two pound block every two weeks when she went shopping. I’d take a sharp knife and cut the cheese from the block in shavings, then put the shavings on Ritz crackers with bread & butter pickles. I loved it.
When I left home to be on my own, I’d buy the singles – any brand – that were individually wrapped, because they were in vogue back then – still are, and they were convenient. Too many times to count, I would be hungry, walk by the fridge, open the door, take out a single and eat it plain. I was satisfied.
Since being animal-free, I pretty much never thought that would happen again – not based on the singles I had used in recipes. In recipes they were fine, eating them right out of the fridge plain, no. Until now.
Both Steve and I were shocked at how good this Chao cheese was. It was creamy like real mozzarella, but buttery like Havarti. Steve thought provolone without the salty.
I’ve only tried it on sandwiches: cold, room temperature and heated on top of fried peppers and onions till melted. They were all great.
The cheese doesn’t melt like an American style single, that oozes in a fluid way. It just gets super soft, so it’s not going to drip a lot. Instead it will roll off the bread – if you let it.
Lilly Belle, our dog, won’t eat any other vegan cheese straight up. This one she loves. And so do we.
What an accomplishment in the world of animal-free cheeses! I’m looking forward to trying the other two soon.
It’s expensive, but one would expect expensive for a fine cheese. This cheese is fine. And I love that I can eat it right out of the package!
Thank you Field Roast for making what I thought would never happen, happen. Steve and I are happy Chao cheese campers!
CHECK OUT THESE SANDWICHES I MADE WITH CHAO CHEESE:
Large roasted beets, cut into 1/2 inch steaks and served on a pumpernickel bun with veggie mayo, mustard, lettuce, Creamy Original Chao Cheese by Field Roast and Manicini Fried Peppers with Onion. A great way to enjoy a burger if you don’t eat animals and can’t find veggie replacement meats where you live. Made especially for you by me!
Making 1 burger at a time, from previously roasted beets
People usually use the word decadent when describing chocolate desserts. Melted Chao cheese now falls into the decadent category!
I spread some veggie mayo on a broiled, till a little charred, sub roll. Then heated Mancini Fried Peppers with Onion in a skillet till hot. Placed 2 slices of Chao cheese over the peppers, covered with a lid till melted, then lifted onto the sub roll and sprinkled with fresh cracked pepper. It was a little goopy, but manageable. The cheese just flowed so beautifully! It was quick and easy!
Try these equally spectacular CHAO cheeses: