But, thanks to the Nickelodeon hit show iCarly, this peculiar culinary concoction is sweeping the nation’s kitchens by storm, one weird taco at a time.
It all started when, on iCarly, the lead character’s goofy older brother, Spencer, makes dinner one night, and the marina coated pasta stuffed into hard taco shells masterpiece was born.
Now, because every kid on the planet watches that show (yet no adult I know has ever heard of it), moms are being forced to humor their kids with this grotesque meal.
When Julian Stuart-Burns, 8, asked his mother to make the tacos one night, she simply laughed. ‘I thought he was joking,’ said Jennifer Burns, a Brooklyn mother of three. ‘But then he kept asking.’ Burns finally gave in — like thousands of other moms — and cooked up the punch line for Julian’s birthday party (via Seattle Times).
Nickelodeon’s penchant for airing reruns plus Internet traffic (plus stories like these) keep spurring on this dining phenomenon. It already has a Facebook page has sprung up with more than 1,200 fans.
Is a food truck far behind? What about an entire episode of Iron Chef America dedicated to odd combos of ethnic cuisine. I’m sure someone is working on a reality show based on nasty kid fare as I type this.
There’s a dessert version, made with brownie mix, white frosting and strawberry preserves; a guacamole-covered version, with Mexican-flavored tomato sauce, at Barefoot Kitchen Witch (www.barefootkitchenwitch.com), the website of the Rhode Island blogger Jayne Maker; and a recipe available at spaghettitacos.com that uses Italian sausage and peppers.
That sounds so gross yet so awesome at the same time.