To all of my lovely American followers, please help me out. What the heck is American cheese? We were watching Drive Ins, Diners, and Dives tonight and some cook said, "I insist on American cheese." Is American cheese the same thing as cheddar? My husband is English and in England, cheddar is just that cheese that originated in Cheddar. In Canada, cheddar cheese is the basic type of cheese you get if you ask for cheese on something.
Would an American reader please respond?