In its earliest form, Monterey Jack was made by the Mexican Franciscan friars of
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An aged version of this cheese, known as Dry Monterey Jack, can be grated and used much like Parmesan cheese. Dry Jack was originally created by accident in 1915 when a
Another version called pepper jack mixes hot peppers with Monterey Jack. Pepper jack is often used as an alternative cheese in dishes such as quesadillas, but can be eaten with bread or crackers as a snack. Other versions are flavored with garlic or pesto, though they are less common than pepper jack.