Monterey Jack earns the rightful position as a true “American” cheese since it originated in the Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California. Around the 1700s, these monasteries around the Monterey region were making a semi-firm, creamy, mild flavored cheese from cow’s milk which they aged for a little period. An American entrepreneur named David Jack realized its commercial value and started selling it all over California. The cheese came to be known as “Monterey Jack's” or “Jack's Monterey,” eventually acquiring the name Monterey Jack.
The cheese is commonly used in Mexican and Spanish cuisine as its mild in flavor and melts really well. It's akin in taste and texture to Colby and Cheddar. Variants of Monterey Jack known as Dry Jack (aged version) and Pepper Jack (pepper spiced) are also quite popular. Monterey Jack is available across all grocery stores and supermarkets in the United States. Consider Pinot Noir and Riesling with Jack cheese.
Other cheeses from Mexico:
Other American cheeses:
Amish Frolic, Beemster Very Old, Bleu Mont Dairy Bandaged Cheddar, Cabot Clothbound, Crowley, Dry Jack, Dunbarton Blue, Duroblando, Estero Gold Reserve, Grafton Village Cheddar, Havilah, Idaho Goatster, Plymouth Cheese, Shelburne Cheddar, Sonoma Jack, Swiss, Tillamook Cheddar, Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar
Alpha Tolman, Bear Hill, Beecher’s Flagship, Beemster Old, Brick, Colby, Landaff, Longhorn, Maytag Blue, Pinconning, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Sonoma Jack, String, Txiki
Ameribella, American Cheese, Appalachian, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Colby-Jack, Cougar Gold, Crema de Blue, Crowley, Fresh Jack, Fuzzy Wheel, Humboldt Fog, Mun-chee, Onion & Chives Cheddar, Pepper Jack
Acapella, Aged Chelsea, Bay Blue, Bonne Bouche, Brie au poivre (Brie with pepper), Capriole Banon, Cold Pack, Cottage Cheese, Hooligan, Hoop Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, Muenster, Nettle Meadow Kunik, Peekskill Pyramid, Provel, Texas Goat Cheese, Winnimere
fresh firm cheeses:
Breakfast Cheese, Galbani
fresh soft cheeses:
Cream Cheese, Galbani, Quark, Westfield Farm Smoked Capri