Other variations include peanut butter and bacon, fried peanut butter and banana (Elvis Presley's favorite), and (occasionally, horrifyingly) peanut butter, butter, mayonnaise, and banana on toast (my grandfather's favorite).
'Slightly' bitter plus two steps I'd say. If you are going to to lose your vegemite virginity, I suggest starting with a very thin spread with rather a lot of butter. If you start with too much, you end up hating it for life, which would be quite a shame.
(The Penguin (last time I checked anyway) is in the sandpit in the backyard)
Smooth. Not gooey like nutella, and not the sort or texture of peanut butter either. It almost blends in with the bread in a way that you don't even notice that you're eating it, except you feel that one side of the bread is rough and the other side is smooth.
And never, under any circumstances, refrigerate vegemite.
So I called my local cooperative grocery store and asked whether they had "that Australian stuff called Vegemite." The person on the other end asked whether it was a "supplement." I said, "Um, I think it's more of a sandwich spread." Then I was transferred to someone who told me that the store had never had Vegemite and that lately they can't even get shipments of Marmite.
So now that I can't get it, I really want to try it.
I second Possible's recommendation to try just a tiny scraping of Vegemite with a lot of butter. Also, it helps if you are hung over at the time, because 30 minutes later you will feel like a new person.
I used to love it on toast with butter and topped with sliced (melted) cheese.
Reesetee. *shakes head* How can I get you to try Vegemite? It is an acquired taste, true, but lots of people acquire it!
I was able to get my hands on some Vegemite! I'm really excited to try it, but I'm still a bit nervous. I was hoping that some of my Wordnik friends could answer just a few more questions for me. What's the best vehicle for it? Crackers? Sliced bread? How much margarine or butter should I use? And... and... you know, what's it like?
'zuzu, be a maverick and eat it with cilantro and let us know how it goes. By the way, Kraft company created a vegemite and cream cheese mix after learning that many vegemite lovers were adding cream cheese or butter to their daily vegemite experience.
If you're feeling very brave, try spreading some on cheese. Make sure you don't put too much! Otherwise, I'd go for nice white bread or toast. Use a lot of butter/ margarine but down drown it out either. And don't get too worried because it's really not as bad as everyone makes it out to be.
I toasted the English muffins, added butter, then started squeezing the tube. It was so thick... and... brown. The first bites were slightly bitter and slightly salty. It reminded me of vegan sausage links, or the brown malty stuff that I feed to cats when they're having problems with hairballs. It was pleasant enough, so I thought I'd try a thicker layer of it... that was a mistake - too salty! Slower is better. But I'll definitely try it again. And again.