Adventures with Daiya: Tofurkey Pizza

The new Tofurkey Pepperoni Pizza, Sampled at Food Fight!

Tofurkey Pizza Samples

My past exerperiences with Daiya have ranged from a tasty, gooey grilled cheese with tomato at Savor Soup House, to uncooked samples at VegFest, to so so home experiments, to the oozing pizza I thought was going to coat my mouth forever and lead to the world’s first drowning by vegan cheese at zpizza in California.  After the first couple tries, it was clear that I was in the minority opinion (but not alone) on this non-dairy cheese, it was taking over the vegan world, and making commercial strides into the ‘real’ world.

I came to accept that progress has been made, vegan cheese that looks and tastes like plastic will one day be behind us, and that goo is here to stay.  That being said, please don’t think all I do is complain about Daiya.  I think it’s fantastic that people are so ridiculously jubilant over a vegan product.

I remain open-minded and my appreciation has developed, which brings me to the latest of my Adventures with Daiya:

In the ever-flowing wave of vegan excitement over the novelty of vegan convience foods, and progress, in the name of nondairy cheese, comes the Tofurkey Pizzas.

I sampled the pizza above, Pepperoni, and the Tofurkey Cheese on Earth Day last weekend at the vegan mini mall.  I liked the Pepperoni, with the thin layer of dispersed Daiya  cheese (both Mozzarella and Cheddar?), mild sauce, and smokey bits (which truly tasted like Tofurkey jerky, but who’s complaining?)

I thought the sole Cheese slice had too much of the greasy cheese, but the Pepperoni distracted me from that with the chewy bits and I can see myself reaching for a slice in the future, if it comes my way.  It’s a little sad that they don’t use traditional rounds, but it’s a freaking vegan frozen pizza, so who cares?

Pros:

  • Vegan, soy-free, and non-hydrogenated!
  • Two popular brands & the possibility of being widely available.
  • Nostalgic, convenience food, with a vegan twist.
  • Thin crust and thin layer of Daiya.
  • pizza!

Cons & Questions:

  • Brand new – have you seen it in stores yet?
  • Over-priced, convenience food – you make the call.
  • The recommended serving size is 1/3 a pizza, is that practical?
  • Daiya is now found at Whole Foods and all over the place – try your hand at a homemade pizza!
  • The Daiya effect aftertaste.  I was telling my friends about this pizza days after trying it, and my mouth was still weirded out.

More convenient Daiya options:

Buy it online, or in Portland at Food Fight!, Whole Foods, and Lamb’s Market.

In other recent vegan cheese adventures:

I really, really like Bacun Cheezly.

cheezly

So much so that I made this pizza with Hot Lips dough, sliced creminis drizzled with olive oil, roasted raab, sliced Granny Smith apples tossed in liquid smoke and balsamic vinegar, Bacun Cheezly, and Mozzarella Teese.

Pre-baked

pre-baked pizza

7 thoughts on “Adventures with Daiya: Tofurkey Pizza

  1. i saw the Daiya shreds yesterday at Albert co-op, i was pysched!! i actually don’t care for the cheese, one way or the other. i tried the pepperoni pizza with it and there was no glaring bad aftertaste so it doesn’t have the same affect on me that it has on you.

    p.s. really, you need to invite me over for dinner. <3
    me

  2. The only vegan cheese we get here is tofutti and it’s good, especially the cream cheese! But…Daiya it is not. I’ve been seeing everyone talk about all the new vegan cheeses on the market and I have to say I’m hugely jealous. I think they all look delicious!

  3. I like the Bacon Cheezly too, but I find it tastes too much like bacon. Otherwise, the taste and texture is absolutely fine. I should try a version without bacon.

  4. I’ve never tried the bacon cheezly. I didn’t really like the white cheddar because it tasted grainy, but I’m totally gonna get my hands on that bacon stuff and see if they can’t make a believer out of me! That pizza looks good!

  5. finally, someone that agrees with my taste buds about daiya! i’m glad a vegan cheese has become popular, my non vegan mom scarfs it down at zpiazza so that’s great….but i just want to gag when i try to eat this stuff. the consistency, the taste…maybe it’s been too long (over 15 years) since i ate cheese so i’m not getting it but i much prefer other vegan cheeses of lesser popularity.

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