27 September, 2017
Chasing: Cheese (GoVeggie cheesy bliss edition)
I confess, I was skeptical from the get-go. GoVeggie is a rice-based cheese substitute, and I couldn’t imagine how one would turn rice into the cheesy bliss promised by the packaging. I’ve been pleasantly surprised before, though, so I thought I’d give it a try.
Ignorance is bliss
I think you’d have to be ignorant of what cheese should be to call this product cheesy bliss.
What would cheesy bliss be like? Creamy without feeling fatty, even when cold. Bursting with sweetly umami flavors. Melty and gooey when grilled.
Unfortunately, there was more ignorance than bliss.
When cold, GoVeggie cheesy bliss is starchy and lacking in flavor, while somehow coating the mouth like a spoonful of peanut butter. I tried it in sandwiches and in tortilla rolls and on salad, and all were better without the the GoVeggie cheesy bliss than with it.
When toasted, GoVeggie cheesy bliss forms a skin and melts unevenly when it melts at all. It cools quickly, and, once cooled, it is no better than it was before toasting. I tried melting it into sandwiches and melting it onto chili and the results were no better.
Cheese Chaser Score: zero
It’s not cheesy. It’s definitely not cheesy bliss.
Thanks to my skepticism, I wasn’t disappointed, but I’m definitely still chasing cheese!