The month of July brings us yet another holiday to celebrate one of our favorite foods – National Mac & Cheese Day on Saturday, July 14, 2018. This delicious food is most often served as a savory side dish at our Des Moines BBQ restaurant, but the version we make is scrumptious enough to be a meal all on its own! (And it is on the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse kids menu!) If you are a big fan of mac & cheese (and we know you all are) then you should enjoy these interesting facts we uncovered about this tasty treat, so keep reading.
It’s a Classic
Macaroni & cheese is on just about everyone’s top ten list of favorite foods in the world in some form or another. There is just something warm, filling, and delicious about this incredible comfort food. It originated as a dish of cooked macaroni pasta and cheese sauce, most commonly cheddar, and was traditionally baked in the oven as a casserole.
Although many assume that since it is pasta, it must be an Italian dish, it is actually of English origin. The story that brought it to the United States, however, did begin in Italy. There is evidence of casseroles made from pasta and cheese as early as the 14th century. Two different recipes were found in medieval cookbooks, one made with parmesan and pasta and the other containing fresh, hand-cut pasta sandwiched between a mix of melted butter and cheese.
Fit For a King President
American president Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing the deliciousness of macaroni and cheese to the United States. He discovered the food while in Paris. Jefferson described it by sketching the pasta and writing detailed notes about the way it was prepared. In 1793, he commissioned the American ambassador to Paris, William Short, to purchase the machine used for making it. Apparently, that machine didn’t recreate the taste Jefferson was searching for, so he later had macaroni and Parmesan cheese imported to Monticello, his primary plantation. In 1802, Jefferson served this favorite food of his at a state dinner where it was referred to as “a pie called macaroni.” That’s when America’s fascination with mac & cheese began.
Mac & Cheese at the Boot
The Mac & Cheese at Wobbly Boots BBQ is primarily served as one of our many homestyle side dishes, either in a cup or, for those that simply can’t get enough of it, in a bigger boat. It is one of the most popular meals on our kids’ menu, too.
For the adventurous burger lover, we also serve the savory and sizable Mac & Cheese Burger. This extremely popular “burger of the week” is now a staple on our regular menu. We take a Black Angus burger cooked to your liking, cover it with our homemade mac & cheese, top that with cheddar jack cheese, and serve it open-faced on Texas toast. Since what is normally a side dish is actually a part of the meal in this case, you still get another side dish along with it! (More mac & cheese, maybe?)
So whether you decide to come in on Saturday for National Mac & Cheese Day or stop by on any other day of the week, we’ll have the best Mac & Cheese in Des Moines hot and ready for you! Wobbly Boots Roadhouse takes pride in creating the most mouthwatering meals possible for our wonderful customers, so come in hungry, and expect to leave fully satisfied!