What started as a gag on the hit TV show is now what your kids will be begging you to make for dinner! But will you serve this dish to your family?
Spaghetti tacos don’t sound very appetizing, but kids love to eat them! After an episode of the Nickelodeon series iCarly featured Carly’s (Miranda Cosgrove) eccentric older brother, Spencer (Jerry Trainor), stuffing spaghetti and tomato sauce into hard taco shells, the unappealing dish has become a hit at the kitchen table! “Clearly, it’s spread like a virus,” Karen Petersen, a mother of two from Rye, N.H., told the New York Times.
After seeing the mixture on TV and eating some at a slumber party, Karen’s daughter Amelia, 11, begged her mom to recreate the dish for dinner! “The mixture of spaghetti and tacos is odd,” Amelia admits. “But it’s actually pretty good. They’re one of my favorite foods. I guess kids like making them because they think it’s cool to be like the people from iCarly.”
And Amelia isn’t the only kid infatuated with the delicious new dish! Reruns of the episode on TV, web searches, slumber parties and simple word of mouth among children have thrown spaghetti tacos into the dining room spotlight. Mom blogs and cooking websites are filled with recipes from dozens of parents who are trying, attempting, or have become skilled pros at preparing the plate. And there’s even a Facebook page with more than 1,200 fans!
Dan Schneider, the creator of iCarly invented the dinner option three years ago. “It was just a little joke I came up with for one episode,” Dan tells the New York Times. “Then it turned into a running joke. And now it’s this thing people actually do.”
“This combination seems to be an inevitability, sort of like chocolate and peanut butter running into each other on that Reese’s commercial,” Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University, says. “The amazement should be only that it took iCarly to bring it into our melting pot of a culture.”
Kids can’t seem to get enough of the odd pairing! Cammie Ward Moise, a Houston mom who featured the tacos on her parenting site, Moms Material, says not only do her kids enjoy them, but she likes to eat the tacos as well! “It’s a great thing to make, especially when you’re having the food battles at home. It’s a fun way to get them excited about eating.” Her children, Taylor, 11, and Myles, 9, love the dish, she says. “It’s something their idol is doing. They love iCarly and would probably eat anything the cast of the show ate.” “Now,” Cammie states, “we just have to get her [Carly] to put broccoli in a taco.”
Broccoli spaghetti tacos? YUMMY!