Muenster is an American imitation of the French Munster cheese, named after an Alsatian abbey of Munster in the Vosgian Mountains of France. It is made from pasteurized whole cow's milk. Muenster is smooth, pale yellow in color with an orange rind, a result of the vegetable coloring added during cheese making. The taste varies from mild & bland like a classic white American cheese to sharp like a Jack cheese. Smooth, moist and soft in texture, the cheese can develop a strong, pungent aroma if properly aged. Though, its mild flavor goes well with dishes where you do not want the cheese to overpower other ingredients. Compared to the European version, the taste and aroma of American Muenster is milder. Also, it is sold younger than its counterpart.
Because Muenster boasts of excellent melting properties, it is used in grilled dishes such as sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, pizza and cheeseburgers. In addition, the cheese is served as an appetizer for snacking. This nibbling cheese is normally served with beer.
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 , Woodside Alpine
Alpha Tolman, Bear Hill, Beecher’s Flagship, Beemster Old, Brick, Broncha, Colby, Kennebec Highlands Caerphilly, Landaff, Longhorn, Maytag Blue, Monterey Jack, Pinconning, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Sonoma Jack, String, Txiki
Ameribella, American Cheese, Appalachian, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Bermuda Triangle, 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, Cup Cheese, Hooligan, Hoop Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, 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