Cheddar and nacho teese

I was very excited to come home to a box of teese's new cheddar and nacho vegan cheeses. I thought I would take a day or two to decide how best to use them, but the moment shane saw that nacho log, it was decided that we would have nachos for dinner.

We went to the store to get some chips and salsa. I sauteed minced garlic in olive oil, then added a can of black beans, cumin, lime juice, 1/2 a chipotle pepper in adobo, and a pinch of salt. Cilantro and sliced green onions finished things off.

For the teese, I recommend whisking it in a small saucepan over medium heat until smooth and melty. This worked better than some quick nachos I made a few days later in the microwave, where the oil separated from the solids, much like I remember conventional cheese doing. Whisking and stove heat is the way to go!

shane went down to visit family in Arizona for a couple days, so I decided to wait until he returned to make a meal out of the cheddar. I did sample some in a grilled cheese sandwich in the meantime, which was delicious. I even tried a bit of teese straight off the log; it tasted exactly like those individually wrapped cheese slices of my youth. Not quite my thing, but if you like cold cheese, the resemblance is uncanny!

The afternoon of shane's return, I tried to think of the best way to use the cheddar teese. The great melting quality of teese made pizza seem like a good solution, but tomato sauce and cheddar didn't quite sit right. I saw the last of a bag of soy curls on the counter and it struck me. BBQ pizza!

My laziness turned into much more work than I had originally planned, following a bike ride to Trader Joe's for premade dough and BBQ sauce, where I discovered I had left my wallet at home. Not wanting to ride home and back again, I figured I should just make my own. I used the pizza dough recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance with whole wheat pastry flour, and made sauce from tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard, sriracha, water, and liquid smoke. After soaking, I precooked the soy curls in canola oil, with a bit of soy sauce and pepper. Sliced red onions were added before the pizza went into the oven, and cilantro and green onions topped it off when it came out.

It was one of the best pizzas I've had in a long time!

If you want to pick up some teese of your own, check out locations on their website. Rainbow Grocery also carries teese, for those of you in the Bay Area.


Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

This has to be one of my favorite posts ever.

I can't wait to try the nacho teese!

jessy said...

oh my goodness! those nachos, your pizza....mmmmmmmmmmm! they're both absolutely amazing! i need to order me some cheddar & nacho teese pronto! wow!

Paulina said...

Hooray for vegan cheese! Too bad I can't get Teese here where I live.

VeganCowGirl said...

Both the nachos and the pizza are well worth the trip from Brussels to your house! Get ready I am coming for dinner. Your pizza looks amazing.

Veggie Wedgie said...

I also tried the cheddar and nacho teese!Both amazing, and on nachos mmmmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

I am so sad that there is no place local that carries Teese. I'm too frugal to order it online and pay for the crazy high shipping costs (although I may be able to get away with it now that the weather is turning colder). Hmmmm.....

Your nachos and pizza look delightful.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I think I need to acquire some cheddar or nacho Teese for Ryan. He loves nachos & pizza!

Stella said...

Holy nacho.

I HAVE to get some of this stuff.

And look at that pile of cilantro! Nom nom nom (chewing on arm).