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Vegan Mozzarella Sticks

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One of the many foods off the table for vegans is the good ol' mozzarella stick. Deep fried with breadcrumbs and cheese, this food should not be considered healthy.

But who says we can't make it vegan? Using a good vegan cheese, teese, by the chicago soy dairy, we will create the abomination that is, Vegan Mozzarella Sticks.
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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For this recipe you will need:

Wet Mix of:
1/2c Flour
1/2c water
1 tbsp Cornstarch

1c Italian Breadcrumbs
1 pk Teese Cheese

Step 2: Cut The Cheese

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First remove the teese vegan cheese from the wrapping and cut into square strips.

Step 3: Mix wet ingredients

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Next mix together flour, water and cornstarch into a slurry. It should be the consistency of pancake batter.

Step 4: Coat the sticks

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Next, take the sticks, dip them into the flour-water mix. The dip them into the breadcrumbs,

Step 5: Deep fry

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Once you have a batch of sticks coated, deep fry them to a crisp.

Step 6: Serve with Marinara Sauce

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Once you have a batch cooked, serve with marinara sauce and enjoy!

Everyone at instructables seemed to enjoy these little morsels, as you can see they are all gone. They give a pretty convincing alternative to the real thing.
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jsharpe32 years ago
How is the Teese Cheese? I've tried Galaxy Nutritional (which was gross) and I've tried Daiya(which is also not so pleasant for me.) Which "cheese" has the best flavor and taste?

Also, how come we cant use the flavoring for the cheddar or mozzarella in vegan? Is it just seasoning, or is it how the cheese is prepared? What is added to the milk to make the cheese different from each other?

I love the idea of this.
If it's true vegan cheese there should be no milk in the mixture.
I've tried Teese and it's pretty good. It melt's OK, but you do need some structure to make vegan mozzarella sticks, so I think Teese is a good choice for something like this. Daiya Mozzarella is very rich-the shreds wouldn't work for this, but they have a new Daiya Wedge that would probably work (only place I've seen it is at Whole Foods, but you might be able to get it elsewhere). Of the three though, I like the taste of Follow Your Heart's Vegan Gourmet Mozzarella style best and it melts too. It takes really high temperatures to melt FYH-VG - it is firmer than Teese,
so it would hold up structurally too I think.
The Daiya wedge is very soft, in my experience.  It probably wouldn't hold up well.
cornboy34 years ago
I want those soo bad but vegan cheese is expensive :(
Not any more expensive than dairy cheese...about $4 per package...
zascecs4 years ago
I can't believe that there's a vegan cheese... I thought being vegan was a commitment...
It still is a commitment, but the advancements in the food industries has created a vast array of products that help accommodate an easier lifestyle change. And it is a lifestyle, not a diet.
But eating vegan cheese is practically cheating on yourself. If you're gonna eat it, just quit vegan... I dont how youre saying that its a lifestyle is gonna change anything...
I suppose soy millk is cheating too?
No, it's not. But you're still eating cheese.
It's not cheese, just like soy milk is not milk. What it's called is unimportant. What you eat IS important!
Soy milk is considered like a milk... just that it's not from animals...
Hi, I understand your confusiong...You appear to have mistaken 'milk' as any milk either from a plant or animal source. When vegans discuss 'milk' it is usually always assumed, especially in recipes, that they are in fact referring to a plant milk, in this case Soya milk. Vegan cheese isn't cheating on your diet. Not are vegan donuts, profiteroles, eclairs, mock meat, chocolate or anything else. If you're interested in seeing what vegans can eat, there is a small company in the UK, london, www.accidentallyvegan.co.uk They're pretty awesome and you can see what they have created without having to use animal 'milks' or anything animal derrived. GREAT recipe, btw. Cheers!
I never said eating soy cheese is cheating on your diet, its cheating on yourself.
How though? I guess if you were to say that over-indulgence, so eating lods of cheese, is greedy and sort of not what vegans stand for, then you'd be right. I kind of agree with you, but sometimes it's nice to have a little treat.
But if you're going to make a commitment to something, you might as well stick with that...
But not all vegans are doing it for environmental reasons, or even for health reasons... But I do understand you, for me, personally I don't have excess soya milk, cheese and overly processed products
I wasn't talking about any of that...
What ARE you talking about, then?

I'm completely confused, honestly.
Are you thinking Teese has animal products in it? That's the only thing that makes any sense at all to me with the context of your posts.

Eating non-animal based vegan "cheese" means we should just not be vegan? What? I'm in this for the animals - eating non-dairy, cruelty free cheese-like foods that are tasty isn't hurting animals.

The only thing one must do to be vegan is to abstain, as much as practical and possible, from eating/using/purchasing products that kill, exploit or otherwise infringe upon animals and their bodily autonomy. Eating Teese, made by a couple vegans who own an independent little company, make their products out of vegan ingredients in a dedicated dairy-free plant does not harm animals or go against any parts of veganism.

I do not understand your comments. At all.
Honestly, saying "if you eat vegan cheese you should just not be vegan" makes as much sense as saying "if you eat tofu you should just not be vegan."
That is, it makes no sense at all in any way. Please explain more clearly what you're talking about?
This is a fantastically worded and restrained reply. In fact I got frustrated just reading this thread. Just because you are a vegetarian/vegan who consumes animal free meat/cheese substitutions does not mean you compromise your values.
Being vegan is a lifestyle-I disagree that eating vegan versions of traditionally nonvegan foods is cheating...as long as it is plant-based, how is that cheating?
And did you seriously make an account today just to make a comment?
Zascecs= troll.
What of it? I'm guessing just about everyone originally signs up to make a comment, right? Wanting to ask you "huzzah what?" happened to be my catalyst ...

Also, this site has wicked awesome things like vegan cheese sticks. That seemed a good reason to sign up, too.
You're correct, you are confused, did you read anything I said at all? I don't really think you get my point...
I did read it. Multiple times.

I also read it to my SO and HE didn't get it either.
No one else who commented to you seems to get what you're talking about either ... I don't think this is an issue with our reading comprehension.

Seriously, how does eating vegan cheese = not being committed to veganism and/or oneself? MY point was that I didn't get your point. ;)
well, we all have our own opinions, so let's just put it that way :)
I'm completely confused to.
Here, I think this might help. Let's re-define the vegetarian cheese. The new definition could be "a cheese like product made from vegan ingredients". Being vegan is NOT about making a commitment not to eat specific foods. It's about not buying or eating anything that harms animals. If there is an animal friendly, vegan alternative, than great! Vegans get to enjoy some delicious dishes that they wouldn't have gotten to eat if this hadn't existed.
i'm confused as to the point also.

but i love this instructable and i'm vegan!! what WHAT??
I give up.
=P
Vegans don't commit to not eating "cheese", they commit to not eating products derived from animal sources. If the cheese comes from soy or rice it is vegan.
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The point of being vegan for many is not simply a practice in self control, or even an attempt to be healthier. It's about not comnsuming products that promote animal cruelty and destruction of the environment. Soy and rice cheese are neither harmful to animals or (more than other vegetable products) the environment. It could also be argued that it is healthier.
iris108 zascecs2 years ago
Im a vegitarian and for me vegetarianism is more than not consuming animal products......its like an emotional commitment Iv made never 2 eat animal products because i feel 4 d cause of animals.....and I would NEVER eat mock meat or any product of that sort because then theres no point in being a vegitarian and also partly because Iv never eaten meat so I obviously have no sort of attraction to it.......but 4 people out there who have consumd milk products all their lives,its hard 2 just stop eating it and as long as they can fulfill their temptation while not breaking their commitment and not hurting animals, I think theres nothing wrong in it and products like Teese are a boon 2 d vegan people and who knows,it might encourage non-vegan people 2 bcome vegan and stop consuming animal products?
P.S.-I made an account right now just 2 reply:-)
I am not vegan but I am lactose intolerant. I feel like that's a great reason to eat something like this!

Before my lactose intolerance got out of control, I was still able to eat small amounts of cheese, have a little bit of ice cream, things like that. Cheese is my absolute favorite food and it's very upsetting that I can't eat it anymore without horrible pain. I bet that could said for some vegans too - you might make the choice, but you can still crave it. Nothing wrong with that.
Algag zascecs3 years ago
vegan cheese by definition is an oxymoron so there isn't truly a vegan cheese but there is a tastes-like-cheese-made-from-something-that-is-barely-able-to-be-called-"milk"-product
theres so many vegan cheeses its insane. i've yet to try teese, but i'm a big fan of daiya (the mozzarella not the cheddar)
-_-
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