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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Spaghetti Tacos by Rook







If you have a son or daughter between the ages of seven and thirteen, you're probably familiar of with Nickelodeon's hit show iCarly. If you've experienced your share of Random Dancing, know that Sam loves ribs more than life itself, and have developed a maternal affection for Gibby, read on... If you enjoy spaghetti and garlic bread, and are always up for tyring something new (even if it's a little unorthodox) stick around for the ride...





Being huge iCarly fans, it was only a matter of time before my girls made their plea for "Spaghetti Tacos" ~ one of the wacky culinary creations of Carly's older brother, Spencer -- an artist and loveable goofball. The gauntlet was thrown down, the challenge raised: To create a Spaghetti Taco that would be enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike, would have ease of preparation, but great flavor, and that you wouldn't be entirely embarassed to tell other people that you made and actually enjoyed them!





With our wrap-everything-in-a-tortilla, "Wrap" crazed culture giving me a comfort zone from which to begin, I approached this recipe as a "Spaghetti & Garlic Bread Wrap". My goal was to create an amalgam of the best features of both the iconic Mexican taco and the classic Italian spaghetti Marinara.







I started out with a flour tortilla, rather than corn, to synthesize a garlic bread-like foundation. I fried (yeah, sorry, I never said this was going to be HEALTHY) the tortillas in a combination of oil and butter infused with fresh garlic and coarse salt.







The "taco meat" was bulk Italian sausage, browned, crumbled and drained of as much fat as possible. I used a standard dry spaghetti (Barilla), and a jarred sauce (Safeway Signature Artichoke & Pesto Marinara). I considered adding a little Caesar salad for the something "green", but opted to serve this on the side instead. The toppings stayed simple: some freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese and a few sliced black olives for contrast.







The results? Fantastic! Four out of four "tasters" approved. No, I won't be serving Spaghetti Tacos every night. Yes, I will continue to make my homemade sauces and breads, strive for organic and buy "locally grown", and never give up on trying to find new healthy and interesting foods that my kids will eat. But, like the tater tot, every food has it's time and place (see my Fourth of July post). "Everything in Moderation" and "All in good Fun"!










Want to make your own Spaghetti Tacos? Why not throw an iCarly party this summer? You can always burn off the extra calories with some "RANDOM DANCING"!



Spaghetti Tacos







2 comments:

Crafty Batches said...

Oh my gosh, I've ALWAYS wanted to try this!! When I hear them talk about Spaghetti Tacos on the show - I always get hungry! These look yummy, you did a great job! ~Sam

Jenn Erickson said...

Bobbie, thank you so much for sharing my quirky cuisine with your readers! I hope it brings all the iCarly fans out there some joy! I recently had a small dinner party for my daughters' friends, planned around the season premier of iCarly. The kids came over on a Friday night at 6:00 p.m., enjoyed building their own "Spaghetti Tacos", then watched the premier at 8:00. It was a fun night, and easy party, and a huge hit! Cheers! Jenn

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