There's nothing like a fun snack in a holiday shape! These Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches can be made into any shape you like. In my house, we love to do a Star of David as part of our Hanukkah celebration! Gluten-free bread is toasted until golden brown with melty vegan Mozzarella cheese in between. Delicious and festive!
I absolutely love making holiday-themed snacks! My kids are at the perfect age to get excited about it, which makes it all the more fun. With Hanukkah around the corner, I'm pulling out all of my favorite snacks while also making up some new ones. These Vegan Grilled Cheese Star of David Hanukkah Sandwiches are as cute as can be, and I included options to make it no-waste as well. Whip up a batch of easy homemade vegan Mozzarella cheese and start grilling! For more Hanukkah-themed snacks, be sure to check out my Fun with Food: Hanukkah Snacks post!
Ingredients in Gluten-Free, Vegan Grilled Cheese Star of David Hanukkah Sandwiches
This is a pretty classic grilled cheese ingredient list, except that it's made with all dairy-free and gluten-free ingredients!
- Bread - You'll need two sliced of whole wheat or gluten-free bread. Canyon Bakehouse is a popular gluten-free sliced bread option. Check out my full post of Gluten-Free Resources and Product Recommendations for my favorites!
- Butter - Vegan butter keeps this recipe dairy-free. I love Miyoko brand vegan butter with a hint of salt. You can find it at most grocery stores (such as Whole Foods and Sprouts)!
- Homemade Instant Vegan Mozzarella Cheese - If you don't want to make your own cheese you can buy a vegan brand, but I think you'll be surprised by how easy it is to make dairy-free Mozzarella at home!
How to Make a Gluten-Free Star of David Grilled Cheese
Making your grilled cheese sandwich into a fun shape takes only a couple extra steps!
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
- Use a large Star of David-shaped cookie cutter to cut stars out of the centers of two slices of bread. Use one slightly smaller cookie cutter to cut another star out of the center of one of the stars. Spread vegan butter on one side of the solid star. Spread vegan mozzarella cheese on the other side of the solid star.
- Place the buttered side of the bread down on the skillet. Add butter to one side of the Star of David with the hollowed-out center. Allow it to sear on the skillet for a couple minutes, until golden brown. Place the non-buttered side over the open-faced mozzarella cheese star that is currently cooking.
- Allow everything to cook for another 2-3 minutes so the cheese can melt and hold the sandwich together. Serve it right away and enjoy! I like to put blueberries or other fresh fruit on the side for a balanced (and festive) snack.
Dairy-Free Grilled Cheese
I recently shared my dairy-free, plant-based Easy Vegan Mozzarella Cheese recipe! This is a surprisingly simple process that results in creamy, melty cheese that tastes like the real thing. I use it on so many cheesy recipes, from Cast Iron Skillet Pizza to Baked Taquitos! It's made with cashews, tapioca starch, and a little splash of maple syrup. You can make this mozzarella ahead of time and store it up to a week, but I prefer to make it right before using. It's so quick and simple that I don't mind! I use Miyoko brand butter with a hint of salt. This is a plant-based product that melts and tastes like real butter! It's perfect for toast.
No-Waste Grilled Cheese in Fun Shapes
Making grilled cheese (and toast!) into clever shapes is so much fun, but a lot of people worry about the waste from cutting out large portions of the bread. I usually take the piece I cut out of the bread, butter it, and cook it in the skillet alongside the grilled cheese! You can do this with or without cheese on top. For the two bread slices with the Star of David cut out in the center, you can place each on top of a full slice of bread that has been buttered, toasted, and covered with melted cheese.
More Vegan & Gluten-Free Snacks
- Freezer-Friendly Easy Vegan Oat Bars
- Healthy Halloween Toast - No-Waste + Vegan
- Easy Instant Pot Homemade Apple Sauce
- Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
- Actually Crispy BBQ Roasted Chickpeas
- Best Vegan Whipped Feta Dip
- Easy Vegan Zucchini Bites
- Healthy Maple Candied Pecans
- Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce
- Sweet Potato Rounds with Vegan Ricotta and Toasted Walnuts
- Easy Almond Flour Crackers
There's nothing like a fun snack in a holiday shape! These Vegan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches can be made into any shape you like. In my house, we love to do a Star of David as part of our Hanukkah celebration! Gluten-free bread is toasted to golden brown with melty vegan Mozzarella cheese in between. Delicious and festive!
- 2 slices whole wheat or gluten-free bread if desired*
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter, divided (I love Miyoko with a hint of salt vegan butter best)
- Homemade Instant Vegan Mozzarella Cheese (easy recipe!)
- optional: blueberries for serving alongside
- Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
- Use a large Star of David shaped cookie cutter to cut a star out of two slices of bread (to create two stars that are the same size). Use one slightly smaller cookie cutter to cut another star out of one of the stars.
- Spread vegan butter on one side of the solid star. Spread vegan mozzarella cheese on the other side of the solid star. Place the buttered side of the bread down on the skillet.
- Add butter to one side of the Star of David with the hollowed out center. Allow it to sear on the skillet for a couple minutes until golden brown. Place the non-buttered side overtop the open faced mozzarella cheese star that is currently cooking. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes to allow the cheese to melt and help hold the sandwich together. Serve immediately alongside fresh blueberries.
- If you do not want to waste the remaining star shaped bread you can butter and cook in the skillet with or without cheese on top and serve alongside the sandwich.
- For the two bread slices with the crust leftover (with the Star of David cut out in the center) you can place each overtop a full slice of bread that has been buttered, toasted and has melted cheese overtop to make another Star of David sandwich (not pictured). If you do this follow the same method above to sear the top slice (butter one side, cook on the skillet then flip and place overtop the side with the open-faced melting cheese).
* See my gluten-free product recommendations post for GF brand's I recommend
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 5