From kids’ birthday parties to gourmet restaurants, there’s one dish that transcends occasions and cuisines – Mac & Cheese. A simple yet heartwarming mix of macaroni pasta and creamy cheese, Mac & Cheese is a culinary staple in households across the United States. Every year on July 14th, this delightful dish gets the recognition it deserves on National Mac & Cheese Day.
The Origins of Mac & Cheese
While it may seem quintessentially American today, Mac & Cheese has its roots in Europe. Pasta and cheese casseroles have been recorded as far back as the 14th century in Italian cookbooks. However, the Mac & Cheese we are familiar with today came into popularity in the U.S. after being introduced by Thomas Jefferson in the early 1800s. It has since grown into one of America’s favorite comfort foods.
Why We Celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day
National Mac & Cheese Day serves as a tribute to this classic dish’s cultural significance and enduring popularity. It’s a day for fans of this cheesy delight to revel in its creamy goodness and share their love for the dish with others.
|July 14 each year
|Place of Origin
|Year of Inception
|Unofficial, exact year unknown
|Consumption of macaroni and cheese, sharing recipes, foodie get-togethers
|Various forms of macaroni and cheese
|A fun food holiday that celebrates a popular comfort food in America
|Social Media Hashtag
|National Cheese Day (June 4), National Pasta Day (October 17)
Ways to Celebrate National Mac & Cheese Day
1. Cook Your Own Mac & Cheese
One of the best ways to celebrate this day is to cook your own version of Mac & Cheese. You can stick with a classic recipe featuring cheddar cheese or experiment with different types of cheese for a gourmet twist. Add-ins like bacon, lobster, or truffle can elevate your dish to a whole new level.
2. Visit a Local Restaurant
Many restaurants, particularly those specializing in American cuisine, may have special Mac & Cheese dishes or promotions to mark the day. Why not take this opportunity to try a new twist on this old favorite?
3. Share Your Mac & Cheese Love on Social Media
Take to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to share your Mac & Cheese creations or restaurant finds. Use the hashtag #NationalMacAndCheeseDay to connect with other Mac & Cheese lovers and find new recipes to try.
4. Host a Mac & Cheese Party
If you’re a social butterfly, consider hosting a Mac & Cheese party. Invite friends or family to bring their favorite version of Mac & Cheese for a deliciously cheesy gathering.
National Mac & Cheese Day is a fantastic opportunity to indulge in one of America’s favorite comfort foods. Whether you’re whipping up a homemade dish, dining out, or hosting a cheesy feast, remember to savor every bite of this classic dish. After all, in the words of author Marlena Spieler, “Life is too short for imitation cheese.” Happy National Mac & Cheese Day!