Unwrap the Mystery of American Cheese

Mike Sula

Processed American cheese is the key ingredient for a whole history’s worth of dishes.

There are so many iconic images associated with classic American cheese that it’s hard to pick one that elicits the most Pavlovian salivary action. Imagine it oozing like lava between slices of toasted bread. Or enrobing steaming spoonfuls of elbow macaroni. What about molten gold dripping lazily over the edges of a griddled burger crust? And then there’s Homer...