Move over PB&J, step aside Mac & Cheese, there's a new kiddie cuisine taking over dinner plates: Spaghetti Tacos! The trend began when a character on the Nickelodean series iCarly served up some sauce-coated strings of spaghetti in a hard taco shell... and now it's made it all the way to the New York Times. Kids who caught the episode have been requesting the dish for months, and moms are giving in nationwide.
Robert Thompson, a professor at Syracuse University, told the paper that “Spaghetti tacos has made it possible to eat spaghetti in your car. It’s a very important technological development. You don’t even need a plate.” (Uh oh, will we be spotting them in the subway soon?) Thompson also likened the pop culture phenomenon to the Festivus episode of Seinfeld.
As for the recipe, some moms are riffing off the original—there's a dessert version, one with guacamole, one with Italian sausage and peppers. But for the purists, here's how it was done on the show; from iCarly's website:
- Get taco shells.
- Get spaghetti (with meat sauce).
- Get a BIG spoon.
- Use the BIG spoon to put spaghetti into taco shells.
If you make your own version of the spaghetti taco, send us your recipes and photos! It's only a matter of time before this dish is being served up in restaurants around town.