Provel is an American cheese, produced through a combination of many different cheeses, mainly cheddar, swiss and provolone. This pasteurized processed cheese has a low melting point and therefore appears gooey and buttery at room temperature. It is a mainstay in many dishes such as St. Louis-style pizza and cheese soup.
Provel was first made by Costa Grocery in collaboration with the Hoffman Dairy Company of Wisconsin, specifically as a topping for St. Louis-style pizza. People wanted a melting cheese that could easily break with the crust and melt in the mouth. Provel has retained its popularity in St. Louis and is often manufactured and sold in and around this area.
Today, Hoffman Dairy Company is owned Churny Company, a subsidiary of Kraft Foods.
Other American cheeses:
Beemster Very Old, Crowley, Dry Jack, Duroblando, Grafton Village Cheddar, Havilah, Idaho Goatster, Plymouth Cheese, Shelburne Cheddar, Sonoma Jack, Swiss, Tillamook Cheddar, Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar
Beemster Old, Brick, Colby, Longhorn, Maytag Blue, Monterey Jack, Pinconning, Sonoma Jack, String
American Cheese, Baby Swiss, Beemster 2% Milk, Bergere Bleue, Colby-Jack, Cougar Gold, Crowley, Fresh Jack, Humboldt Fog, Mun-chee, Pepper Jack
Acapella, Brie au poivre (Brie with pepper), Capriole Banon, Cold Pack, Cottage Cheese, Hubbardston Blue Cow, Muenster, Nettle Meadow Kunik, Peekskill Pyramid, Texas Goat Cheese
fresh firm cheeses:
Breakfast Cheese, Galbani
fresh soft cheeses:
Cream Cheese, Galbani