Another comfort food has its own day. July 14 is National Mac and Cheese Day!
Made with macaroni noodles, cheese, and cream or milk, mac and cheese is a dish loved by all ages. At Smokey Mo’s, this golden, gooey concoction has been a favorite since we introduced it. It can blend with any meal and shines as a side – but can also stand on its own as a main course. It can be standard or it can be barbequed up by adding a quarter pound of your favorite smoked meat, like Smokey Mo’s chop.
A Dish With a Long History
Mac and cheese got its start in Italy. The oldest known recipe dates to the 14thcentury. A cheese and pasta casserole known as makerouns – the first edition of mac and cheese was made with fresh-hand-cut pasta tucked between a blend of melted butter and cheese. Here are a few more fascinating facts:
- Thomas Jefferson is thought to have sampled the dish in Italy and brought back the recipe to Virginia. In 1802, he served “a pie called macaroni” at a state dinner.
- In 1937, during the Great Depression, the Kraft Company introduced its boxed Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. The slogan? “Make a meal for four in nine minutes.” The company sold nine million boxes in the first year alone.
- Today, Kraft sells more than one million boxes of its mac and cheese every day.
- Mac and cheese is the leading cheese recipe in the U.S. Cheddar is the cheese used most often, followed by Gruyère, Gouda, Havarti, and Parmesan.
- In 1993, Crayola named one of its crayon colors “macaroni-n-cheese.” The color? Bright orange.
Get Your Mac and Cheese Fix at Smokey Mo’s
What’s not to like? Mac and cheese is simply fabulous – flavorful, filling, and fun!
Hip Hip Hooray for National Macaroni and Cheese Day!