Two Grilled-Cheese Alternatives for People Who Can't Eat Bread or Cheese


Photos by Claire Lower

If you are a person who avoids either bread or cheese, you may think that your days of experiencing melty, stretchy, grilled cheeses are behind you—but don’t be so sure. We have two options—one for people who can’t eat bread, and one for people who can’t each cheese—and each are delicious.

For Those Who Can’t Eat Cheese: Vegan Chao Slices by Field Roast

That’s not cheese.

The problem with most non-dairy cheese substitutes is that they melt weirdly. Luckily, these Chao Slices from Field Roast melt like a freaking dream—almost as well as their Kraft-y counterparts, and they don’t taste too far off from American.

I’m fully capable of eating cheese without any trouble (I know, check my cheese privilege) but I’ve begun buying these to make grilled not-cheese sandwiches for myself and my lactose-intolerant man friend. Served with a bowl of tomato soup, these dairy-free delights are practically indistinguishable from a sandwich made with American slices.

For Those Who Can’t Eat Bread: Bread Cheese

I don’t remember which genius commenter suggested bread cheese in this very extensive sandwich thread, but those of you who don’t eat bread should thank them. If anything, bread cheese lets you make the purest iteration of a grilled cheese that ever was. Designed to be fried directly in the pan, free from carby accouterments, this salty cheese develops a crispy crust all on its own.

Once cooked, you can dip the melted slab of dairy in soup, drizzle it with honey (and top with pistachios!), or just eat it all by itself.

It’s not bad cold either. It’s a little squeaky, but I don’t mind a squeaky cheese. You can also microwave it for a quick snack if you can’t be bothered to pan fry. There are a lot of bread cheese options, and all are very good.



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