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Violife Vegan Cheese: Casual Comfort Food in Spain

We’ve been living in Buenos Aires for few weeks since mid-September and making our own meals with local ingredients such as spices, grains, beans and fresh produces, primarily onions, potatoes and green plantains. We hardly have junk or processed foods around in the kitchen, e.g., Oreo cookies or chips, and besides most of them aren’t even vegan. It is fun to prepare meals and eat better whilst traveling. We have a month left here, we will manage and ah, expect tons of recipe posts later this month…



about violife vegan cheese

Before our arrival in Buenos Aires, we made several casual comfort foods in Spain, with Violife Vegan Cheese. They were all easy and quick to make without using many ingredients.

We contacted a Greek vegan cheese company, “Violife” that summer to sample their cheese products after learning about it through few friends and that they weren’t available in Spain. Violife Vegan Cheese is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, palm oil-free and GMO-free, and comes in bricks (2.5 kg), blocks (200g) shreds (200g), slices (200g) and creamy spreads (200g).

The vegan cheese blocks and bricks can be shredded using a cheese grater or sliced or randomly cut. They melt better when shredded, but the slices are perfect for burgers and sandwiches or on its own. They are available in the UK and throughtout Europe (check their Facebook page for more updates).

Violife Vegan Cheese

There are different flavors available: Original, Tomato & Basil, Herbs, Peppers, Hot Peppers, Cheddar, Mushrooms, Olives, Olive Oil, Pizza Flavor, and Cucumber & Dill. We didn’t try the Peppers, Cheddar, Olives, Olive Oil or the Pizza Flavor, although I’m not a huge fan of olives.

For the cheese slices, we’ve tried Original, Tomato & Basil, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Mushrooms including the one for Pizza.

For the creamy spreads, we’ve tried Original, Tomato & Basil, Herbs, Hot Peppers, and Cucumber & Dill.


Here are some casual comfort foods we’ve made in Spain in alphabetical order:

Cheesy & Broiled Quesadilla with Onions & Bell Peppers

This was a crappy photo because we were too eager to finish them. These quesadillas are our favorite daily snack, and easy and quick to make. We shredded and melted the Violife Hot Pepper Cheese slices (view product) using a cheese grater. The melting shreds are perfect for fajitas, quesadillas, empanadas, calzones or burritos, or even on lasagna or cheesy pasta dishes. The Hot Peppers cheese reminds me of pepperjack with a bit of red and green peppers, but not very spicy though. It’s Doni’s favorite.

Cheesy Quesadilla with Onions & Bell Peppers

For the quesadilla, we sauteed some onions (until slightly caramelized) & bell peppers with a bit of light soy sauce in the end. Heat the broiler with the oven rack about 4 inches from the top, place the tortillas on a pan, add some cheese shreds and the sauteed vegetables. Add the tortilla on the top like a tortilla sandwich. Broil until the tops of the tortillas are golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Use a metal spatula to flip them over and broil the second side 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown.

Let the quesadilla sit for a minute, then slice each tortilla “sandwich” into 4-6 wedges and serve with guacamole or pico de gallo (view the recipes here).


Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms

We used Violife Mushroom Cheese slices & Original Creamy Spread in this dish. Thanks to Violife cheese and creamy spread, this Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle dish was one of our favorite main courses – so creamy and rich just like a Fettuccine Alfredo dish.

Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms

The recipe is similiar to my other cheesy pasta dish Vegan Tiburón & Cheese (or Mac n Cheese). The Violife Mushroom Cheese has dried mushrooms and truffle oil flavor, which was pretty tasty. The Violife Original Creamy Spread is a bit different than “cream cheese”, but a cheesy spread.

Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms

Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms

Yield: 3

Ingredients

180g spinach tagliatelle (or three nests)
2 Tbsp. vegan margarine or butter
3 garlic cloves minced
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 cup dairy-free creamer
1 cup grated vegan cheese (Violife mushroom cheese)
1/4 cup green peas
4-6 fresh basil leaves, cut in slivers or chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Optional: Freshly ground dried cayenne peppers or dried chili flakes to taste

Preparation

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions or until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the mushrooms, add 1 tsp. minced garlic, cook and stir until softened, for about 5 minutes and set aside.
  3. Melt margarine in a medium, non-stick saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly and not let it burn. Turn to the lowest heat, add cream cheese, stirring with wire whisk until smooth. it is normal to see them curdle in the beginning, but just whisk them until smooth, it will be more smooth.
  4. Add creamer gradually, whisking quickly and constantly until each addition is incorporated fully into the sauce. Add the cheese, let them soften up for about 2-3 minutes without touching, then mix it in with the sauce completely (whisking). Add 1-2 pinches of pepper/salt until the cheeze is melted and the sauce is the desired consistency.
  5. Add peas and sautéed mushrooms in the end. Add the creamy sauce to the drained pasta in a pot, mix it in. Garnish with basil leaves and dried chili flakes or ground cayenne peppers and serve immediately before the sauce thickens up.

Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms


Toasted Spelt Croissant with Mushroom Cheese

My personal favorite savory snack – a vegan spelt croissant from a Spanish artisan bakery (El Horno de Leña), with a Violife Vegan Mushroom Cheese slice or would you rather call it a croissant grilled cheese sandwich?

I’m not a huge fan of these vegan spelt croissants (a bit dry for me), but they pair with the Violife cheese really well. We found them at El Corte Inglés in Valencia, Spain at €4.20 (four pieces). If you really want some nearly authentic vegan sweet croissants & pastries, I highly recommend this awesome Austrian bakery: Bernds’ Welt.

Toasted Croissant with Mushroom Cheese

I briefly baked the whole thing in the oven until lightly toasted. The cheese doesn’t melt completely unless it is shredded. Instead it retained its shape, changed into a slightly darker color and softened as a “cheesy spread.” The flavor is undeniably mouthwatering – imagine having mushrooms & truffle oil in the croissant sandwich, and the Mushrooms is my favorite Violife cheese flavor.

Toasted Croissant with Mushroom Cheese


Tomato & Courgette Puff Pastry Pizza

Vegan puff pastry is sold in a number of grocery stores in Spain and is usually available in a round shape and found in the refrigerator section. To make our “pizza” we created a crust by folding over the edges of the puff pastry before crimping it with a fork (see first photo).

Tomato & Courgette Puffy Pastry Pizza

We used Violife Tomato & Basil cheese (shredded using a cheese grater), halved raw grape tomatoes and sauteed courgettes on the puff pastry “pizza.” The color of the Tomato & Basil cheese is a beautiful “cheddar”, and it has a slightly sweet, but a robust, savory tomato flavor with a mild basil aftertaste.

Tomato & Courgette Puff Pastry Pizza

Tomato & Courgette Puffy Pastry Pizza

Tomato & Courgette Puffy Pastry Pizza

Tomato & Courgette Puffy Pastry Pizza

The Violife Tomato & Basil cheese melts perfectly on the puff pastry.


Vegan Monster Burger

Have you seen our other burger using Violife cheese – the Vegan Provençal Cheeseburger? For this Vegan Monster Burger, we used Violife Herb Cheese slices and for the patty, we used veggie soy burgers by Sojasun, a French company. We found the vegan burger patties at Carrefour and El Corte Inglés in Valencia, Spain (view our review and addresses for the groceries here). We could taste the basil than other dried herbs in the Violife Herb Cheese slices however they are a great way to add flavor to your dishes or snacks that use “cheese.”

Vegan Monster Burger with Violife Vegan Herb Cheese

Vegan Monster Burger with Violife Vegan Herb Cheese

Veggie soy burgers by Sojasun, a French company. It takes 5 minutes to cook in a pan. You can view their ingredients here, in addition they use non-GMO soybeans.

Vegan Monster Burger with Violife Vegan Herb Cheese

Our Vegan Monster burger has Violife Herb cheese slices, veggie soy patty, arugula, roasted grape tomatoes, Italian sweet peppers, gluten-free garlic mayo by Granovita, and wholegrain mustard (from Carrefour).

Vegan Monster Burger with Violife Vegan Herb Cheese

Vegan Monster Burger with Violife Vegan Herb Cheese


Violife Creamy Spreads on Toasts

Aren’t these mini vegan toasts cute? We found them at El Corte Inglés in Valencia, Spain (view our post here) and they were pretty cheap, about €1.50 a loaf and vegan. We tried the Violife’s Original, Tomato & Basil, Herbs, Hot Peppers, and Cucumber & Dill creamy spreads. Our favorites are Cucumber & Dill and Hot Peppers. I hope one day Violife will include Mushrooms (Truffle Oil) flavor in the creamy spreads, which is my favorite.

Violife Creamy Spreads & Toast

Violife Creamy Spreads on Toast: (from the left to the right) Cucumber & Dill, Herbs, Hot Peppers, Original and Tomato & Basil.

Violife Creamy Spreads

1. Cucumber & Dill (view ingredients here)

This is our favorite flavor for the creamy spread. They don’t have cheese slices or block in that flavor, only the creamy spread. The creamy spread has a fresh smell from the cucumbers, but the dill flavor is there. Very fresh and tasty! Great as a spread on bread or sandwiches. Pair with something salty. An omnivore (my best friend) claimed that it reminded her of a Greek tzatizki spread, and it is her top favorite among the others she’ve tried. We used the Cucumber & Dill creamy spread in our Vegan Chickpea Mash recipe.

2. Herbs (view ingredients here)

The aroma and taste of the basil is obvious. Spread it on some warm toast to make it even creamier. There are visible dried herbs. What’s interesting about this flavor is the inclusion of mashed potato in the ingredients.

3. Hot Peppers (view ingredients here)

Our second favorite flavor for the creamy spread. Mildly spicy. Looks like a “cream cheese” cheddar block, but the smell is distinctively red peppers. Visible green & red peppers.

4. Original (view ingredients here)

It has a mild, tangy flavor and smooth texture (when warmed up), but serve as a base for most creamy dishes, e.g., Mac & Cheese or even a vegan cheesecake (sadly we didn’t make one). We used the Original creamy spread in both dishes: Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms and Vegan Tiburón & Cheese (view recipe).

5. Tomato & Basil (view ingredients here)

The fragrance of the basil is more noticeable than its taste. The creamy spread itself is mildly sweet due to the tomatoes. It is not one of our favorites, but we enjoy using the Tomato & Basil creamy spread in sandwiches and pasta dishes – with something savory or spicy otherwise it can be too sweet on its own.

Violife Creamy Spreads & Toast

Violife Creamy Spreads on Toast: (from the top to bottom) Tomato & Basil, Original, Hot Peppers, Herbs, and Cucumber & Dill



more casual meals with violife vegan cheese

• Pizza Vegana De Vegetales y Queso Violife (view recipe)
• Vegan Provençal Cheeseburger with Violife Tomato & Basil Cheese Slices (view post)
• Vegan Tiburón & Cheese (view recipe)
• Creamy Chickpea Mash (view recipe)


disclaimer

This item(s) was kindly sent to me to review. All reviews are my own personal opinions, I have not been compensated to provide any feedback positive or otherwise. If I receive a product complimentary of the company, it will be stated so in the post, otherwise, all products are purchased myself for my own personal use.


Which ones would you like to eat in order – favorite to the least favorite? Which Violife cheese flavors will you like to try?


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56 Comments on “Violife Vegan Cheese: Casual Comfort Food in Spain”

  1. 1 RG of AstigVegan said at 5:37 pm on October 8th, 2013:

    Yum!!! I have to try the pasta dish, I love creamy pastas. Thanks for the recipe and the review :)

  2. 2 vegan miam said at 5:46 pm on October 8th, 2013:

    Thanks RG! Creamy and cheesy pastas are the best! xxx

  3. 3 Abbie E said at 6:38 pm on October 8th, 2013:

    Wow, this cheese looks awesome. As does all these beautiful dishes! Especially that spinach tagliatelle – oh my gosh. amazing!!

  4. 4 TheHealthyMaven said at 6:52 pm on October 8th, 2013:

    WOW! Is it normal that I want to jump through the screen and eat everything? That pasta in particular looks insanely delicious. I would also love to get my hands on some of that mushroom cheese. That is so up my alley!

  5. 5 Helen4Morrissey said at 1:16 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Wow! That tagliatelle! THAT MONSTER BURGER! The cheese really does look great!

  6. 6 Alessandra Zecchini said at 1:54 am on October 9th, 2013:

    It looks interesting, I would like to try that Vegan cheese, never seen it here in NZ!

    Ciao
    Alessandra

  7. 7 vegan miam said at 2:23 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Are there vegan cheeses in NZ? :)

  8. 8 vegan miam said at 2:23 am on October 9th, 2013:

    :) :) I wish I’ve them all here!

  9. 9 vegan miam said at 2:23 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Haha you’re too funny!

  10. 10 vegan miam said at 2:23 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Thank you Sweet Abbie xx

  11. 11 vegeTARAian said at 4:49 am on October 9th, 2013:

    This post is so full of yums! The pasta looks fantastic and that burger is enormous!

  12. 12 Katrin said at 5:33 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Rika, your posts always make me hungry. :) Yummy! I found an online store which seels Violife so I have to order some of it. And I think I might have to cook Tagliatelle with mushrooms tonight. Looks so delicious and I still have lots of Wilmersburger cheese. I recently tried the chili one and it is so good! Have a great day!

  13. 13 Cailee Joy said at 5:35 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Wow! Everything looks delicious! I’m so glad you were able to find things to eat as you travel… being gluten intolerant and dairy sensitive I know how hard it is to eat out!

  14. 14 Allysia K said at 6:19 am on October 9th, 2013:

    I am super jealous of all of that cheesy goodness! Especially the croissant grilled cheese…that’s a whole new level, ha ha. Also the vegan monster burger, burgers are something I don’t think I’ll ever tire of.

  15. 15 vegan miam said at 6:49 am on October 9th, 2013:

    So yum!

  16. 16 vegan miam said at 6:49 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Thanks Cailee! It’s not that hard to eat as a vegan whilst traveling…its fun ;)

  17. 17 vegan miam said at 6:49 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Yay! I hope you like the Violife cheese!

    I want some Tagliatelle now! :)

  18. 18 vegan miam said at 6:49 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Thanks! I really want some now ;(

  19. 19 Amy @ Elephant Eats said at 7:30 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Wow, those look like great vegan cheese options! It seems to melt/perform just like real cheese. Everything sounds delicious :)

  20. 20 vegan miam said at 7:33 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Violife cheese is so good!

  21. 21 Juliana said at 7:46 am on October 9th, 2013:

    I love the post, so many ideas…I must admit that I yet have to try vegan cheese…they all look great Rika.
    Thanks for the ideas and hope you are having a wonderful week my dear :D

  22. 22 vegan miam said at 8:04 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Thank you Juliana! You, too!

  23. 23 Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty said at 8:44 am on October 9th, 2013:

    I’ve never prepared a meal while on vacation before. Must be real fun to use local ingredients in your cooking. Thanks for sharing the recipe, it looks simply mouthwatering!

  24. 24 kitchenriffs said at 9:43 am on October 9th, 2013:

    A lot of lovely food here! One of the best things about travel is being able to shop locally – even many things that are the “same” are different. So it’s fun cooking new stuff in a new place (plus it’s the only way to see how people really eat day-to-day). Good post – thanks.

  25. 25 Katie @ Produce on Parade said at 10:44 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Holy Moly, that pasta looks to die for, Rika!

  26. 26 Ella said at 11:40 am on October 9th, 2013:

    Oh my… I am getting hungry now ! ;) The pasta looks amazing!!!
    I love these cheesy recipes – I don’t eat a lot of vegan cheese but that tomato and basil one is calling my name ;)

  27. 27 coconutandberries said at 1:28 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    Wow! You’ve been cooking up a storm! These look similar to the Vegusto products I’m reviewing at the moment, and although they’re more processed then what I usually eat, they’re fun to have from time to time. Love the look of your pasta dish especially, and cheesy croissants sound divine!
    I love tzatziki so I bet I’d enjoy that creamy cucumber/dill spread :)

  28. 28 vegan miam said at 2:01 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    You’ll love the Cucumber & Dill spread… I hope you can find them in the UK! So good ;)

    I saw your burger with the Vegusto :) Looks good, too! :)

  29. 29 vegan miam said at 2:02 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    Thanks Ella ;) Tomato & Basil is a perfect choice!

  30. 30 vegan miam said at 2:02 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    Thanks Katie ;) <3 creamy pastas!

  31. 31 vegan miam said at 2:03 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    Thanks John ;) It is fun to shop and make foods locally ;)

  32. 32 vegan miam said at 2:07 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    Thanks Shawn! We travel several times a year – everywhere feels like home, a different home actually. Some countries aren’t super vegan-friendly or expensive, so we usually make and prepare our own meals (only if we have a kitchen or staying more than 2 weeks).

  33. 33 Vicky Rockcliffe said at 3:28 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    You know how to make a girl hungry – those creamy spreads looks fantastic!

  34. 34 vegan miam said at 5:43 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    Hehe! I’m too hungry already now – this was taken few weeks ago! Here in Buenos Aires, there aren’t such vegan cheeses like that!

  35. 35 Kristen Kelley said at 10:16 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    My goodness that all looks so great. I read about that cheese a few months ago and am so sad that I can’t get it here (or at least not that I know of). I read it is one of the few vegan cheeses that matches up to dairy cheese when eaten alone. I may have to look into finding a way to get it shipped here to the states.

  36. 36 TamiNutmegNotebook said at 10:17 pm on October 9th, 2013:

    The food looks amazing! I would enjoy every bite.

  37. 37 Rosa said at 6:20 am on October 10th, 2013:

    Interesting products. The tagliatelle and pizza looks particularly mouthwatering.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  38. 38 Christine @24 Carrot Kitchen said at 2:09 pm on October 10th, 2013:

    The corguette and tomato puff pastry pizza looks so good!! I have never found vegan puff pastry in the US. I would love the herb violife cheese.

  39. 39 vegan miam said at 2:11 pm on October 10th, 2013:

    Thank you so much, Christine! :) Have you tried the Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry in the U.S.?

  40. 40 vegan miam said at 2:11 pm on October 10th, 2013:

    Aw thanks Rosa!

  41. 41 vegan miam said at 2:11 pm on October 10th, 2013:

    Thanks Tami! I will miss these cheese dearly! Back to the U.S. soon next month!

  42. 42 vegan miam said at 2:13 pm on October 10th, 2013:

    Thank you Kristen! I hope one day Violife will expand internationally! :) The Violife cheese slices taste like these deli slices ;) but not as strong as the real ones!

  43. 43 Aimee wallflowergirl.co.uk said at 3:01 pm on October 10th, 2013:

    Oooh I wanna get some spinach pasta! What a great colour, and I bet it’s amazing with mushrooms too. The herb flavour cheese would probably be my choice, one of my favourite snacks is herby soft cheese on a warm bagel. Heaven!

  44. 44 vegan tomato & courgette puff pastry pizza on Naturoll said at 2:12 am on October 11th, 2013:

    […] We used vegan Violife Tomato & Basil cheese (shredded using a cheese grater), halved raw grape tomatoes and sauteed courgettes on the puff pastry “pizza.” The color of the Tomato & Basil cheese is a beautiful “cheddar”, and it has a slightly sweet, but a robust, savory tomato flavor with a mild basil aftertaste. Read more here. […]

  45. 45 vegan monster burger on Naturoll said at 2:19 am on October 11th, 2013:

    […] Read the post here. […]

  46. 46 The Peace Patch said at 3:19 pm on October 12th, 2013:

    “monster burger”…that’s one of my favorite phrases. ;)
    I’d love to give that stack a try, maybe with a tex-mex veggie burger too for some extra zing. I think I’d be happy with something simple too, like a Mushroom slice and tomato on an everything bagel.
    Your Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle & Mushrooms is breathtaking…thanks for sharing it!

  47. 47 Celeste DiMilla said at 3:38 pm on October 12th, 2013:

    Everything looks so yummy, but I’m really drooling over the Creamy Spinach Tagliatelle and Mushrooms. I wish I could find Violife in the states, but I’ve never seen it. My sister told me that a vegan cheese shop just opened up in San Diego, however; so I’ll check there. Even if they don’t have it, they might have something similar. Wonderful post as usual!! Celeste :)

  48. 48 vegan miam said at 3:53 pm on October 12th, 2013:

    The Violife cheese are only available at some stores in the UK and some of Europe. I would love if they can expand internationally…b/c these taste as nearly as the real deli slices.

    Thanks Celeste, have a great weekend.

  49. 49 vegan miam said at 3:54 pm on October 12th, 2013:

    Thanks :)

  50. 50 vegan miam said at 3:54 pm on October 12th, 2013:

    I love colorful pasta… definitely give a spinach pasta a try…or make them ;) as I love all of your vegan recipes! xx

  51. 51 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said at 11:43 am on October 14th, 2013:

    That pasta has my name all over it! YUM!

  52. 52 vegan miam said at 4:37 pm on October 14th, 2013:

    Hehe, thanks Kiran :)

  53. 53 Celeste DiMilla said at 4:41 pm on October 14th, 2013:

    I do hope they expand internationally – that would be great!!

  54. 54 Koko said at 5:44 pm on October 15th, 2013:

    The tomato basil spread looks awesome! But that pasta looks soo frickin’ good. Actually, between that and the pizza, I can’t even pick what I would try with Violife first.

  55. 55 vegan creamy spinach tagliatelle & mushrooms on Naturoll said at 9:26 pm on November 9th, 2013:

    […] Get the recipe here. […]

  56. 56 Violife Vegan Cheese Giveaway (EU Residents Only) | vegan miam said at 8:33 am on March 17th, 2014:

    […] Last summer, we spent some time in Spain and tried Violife vegan cheese slices (Original, Tomato & Basil, Herbs, Hot Peppers, and Mushrooms) and one cheese block (200g) for Pizza. We also tried their creamy spreads (Original, Tomato & Basil, Herbs, Hot Pepper and Cucumber & Dill). We made all sorts of meals such as quesadillas, creamy pasta, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers, and used creamy spreads on toasts. View recipes + details for the following meals here. […]


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