Pepper Jack is a derivative of Monterey Jack, the original “American” cheese invented by Mexican Franciscan friars of Monterey, California. As the name suggests, the cheese is flavored with spicy jalape?os for an extra kick.
This semi-soft, open-textured cheese is spicy to taste yet leaves a delicate and buttery taste in your mouth. It is often eaten with quesadillas, crackers, or on hamburgers. Pepper jack can also go well with jalapeno peppers, melons, grapes, pickled vegetables, and olives.