What to make and match with Monterey Jack
Monterey jack's excellent melting properties make it a natural for Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines, as well as soups, pasta casseroles, cheesy dips, and, of course, mac and cheese. We like this mild-flavored cheese for a quick and simple cheese and crackers snack in the afternoon or melted over baked chicken with barbecue sauce. And the jalapeno and garlic Monterey Jack versions can help really spice up a cheeseboard.
With wine, Monterey Jack likes to keep it light and breezy – a sauvignon blanc, Riesling, chardonnay or sparkling wine are all just fine, or a Beaujolais, merlot or pinot noir if you're drinking red.
For beer, try lighter fare – a lager, pilsner, IPA or brown ale. For something heavier, Monterey Jack would never turn down a Kentucky bourbon.