American Original Cheeses: Whether by accident or design—or a little of both—these domestics are very much their own thing.
Meadow Creek Dairy (Virginia)
Compared with its sister cheese, the washed-rind Grayson, Appalachian is brighter and less beefy and has evolved from its Monterey Jack–style roots to a pressed-curd tomme that defies categorization. Its only ambition: showcasing the nuanced flavors of the pastured herd’s prized milk. $23 a pound at Saxelby Cheesemongers.