Savor President Trump, Obama and Bush’s Comfort Foods

Outdoor Cooking for President's Day

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We think it’d be pretty great if White House cooks used Dutch ovens. Though it’d probably never happen, it’s President’s Day and we like imagining just how fun the meals would be cooked outdoors on the South Lawn.

From squirrel soup to mac and cheese, presidents enjoyed a variety of different foods throughout history. Here are a few of our favorite recent president’s favorite recipes:

Dinner With The Trumps

President Trump, Obama and Bush's Comfort Foods
Mary MacLeod Trump’s Meatloaf makes Donald Trump smile!

President Trump likes meatloaf, especially his mom’s recipe. He likes it so much he suggests it to his Mar–a-Lago Club guests and at any other resort he owns. Perhaps last year you will recall the brouhaha with Chris Christie when he forced Christie to order the meatloaf. Trump said ‘‘I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous,’’ according to Christie.

That got me curious to find the recipe and I did at One For The Table, Along with the recipe, Nancy Ellison shared these insights: “…at Trump’s exclusive Mar–a-Lago Club, Mary MacLeod Trump’s Meatloaf rules, and it is truly a man’s meal;

President Trump, Obama and Bush's Comfort Foods
The Trumps Make Meatloaf Sandwiches with Martha Stewart

it has all the warmth of a cozy aromatic kitchen and the familiar comfortable masculinity of a favorite armchair – but tastier. And, it makes Donald Trump smile!”

You might also enjoy watching Martha Stewart help the Trump’s make Donald’s favorite sandwich. (Just click the image to the left.)

My house has its meatloaf skeptics, but now that I have made this recipe they all like it alot—good thing too, meatloaf is this man’s comfort food. And, baked in a cast iron makes all the more manly. So here it is:

Mr. Trump’s Mother’s Meatloaf:
Serves 8
This is an easy make ahead meal that you freeze and take to camp thawing. You will be surprised how much the guys like this one! (Add 45 more minutes if the meat is still frozen when you get to camp)
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 lbs fresh ground beef (you may exchange 1 lb with 1/2 lb each ground pork and turkey)
  2. 1 Spanish onion (fine dice)
  3. 1 Red bell pepper (fine dice)
  4. 1 Green bell pepper (fine dice)
  5. 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  6. 1 large beefsteak tomato diced fine (remove seeds)
  7. 2 extra large fresh eggs
  8. 2/3 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs
  9. ¼ cup chopped parsley
  10. 2/3 cup of tomato puree
  11. 1/2 tablespoon of salt and pepper
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Instructions
  1. 1). Finely dice the vegetables, the smaller the better. You are after their flavor and don't want large chunks.
  2. 2) In a large saucepan slowly sauté peppers, onion, garlic and tomato until the onions turn translucent. Set aside to cool.
  3. 3). In a large mixing bowl add ground meat, cooked cool vegetables, eggs, breadcrumbs, parsley, salt and pepper and mix well.
  4. 4). Remove the mixture from bowl and place into two loaves for baking or if you have a smaller 8"dutch oven like we did pack it in like we did in the video
  5. 5) Top loaf with tomato puree and bake in a 350 degree Dutch-oven (15 briquettes on top and 9 underneath[see note below]), Bake for 45-55 minutes or until brown and firm. We use a meat thermometer to make sure it is 165° inside
  6. 6). Let the loaf rest for 10 minutes or more before slicing while you mash the potatoes and make the gravy, both are a must when you serve this meatloaf.
Notes
  1. The Dutch Oven Dude says, "This is a real simple estimate of briquettes. Take the dutch oven diameter and add 3 briquettes on top. Subtract 3 briquettes underneath. So, a 12 inch oven would have 12+3=15 on top and 12-3=9 underneath. This works for any size dutch oven. Then you need to adjust briquette placement depending on the type of cooking."
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Adapted from Nancy Ellison
Adapted from Nancy Ellison
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Quick and Easy Mushroom Gravy
Serves 8
Simple and yummy, Scouts anywhere can make this easy recipe and we all know its better with gravy
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cans any brand Cream of Mushroom Soup
  2. 1 can beef broth (about 1½ cups)
  3. 1 can mushrooms with packing juice
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Instructions
  1. 1) In a separate bowl whisk the the above ingredients together.
  2. 2) In a Barebone Dutch oven or skillet add these ingredients, heating until bubbly.
  3. 3) Drain off all the meatloaf juices, pour over the gravy and return to low heat while mashing potatoes
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Steam Baked Garlic Dutch Oven Mashed Potatoes
Serves 8
The best way to make mashed potatoes, is by steam-baking them in a Dutch Oven once you try you will never go back
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 large russet, red or Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  2. 8 ounces light or regular cream cheese
  3. 3-4 green onions, chopped
  4. 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 1 minced garlic clove
  5. 1 teaspoon salt
  6. ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 4 tablespoons butter
  8. 1 cup whipping cream
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Instructions
  1. 1) Put about ¼ – ½ inch of water in the bottom of the Dutch Oven. Insert a round cake cooking rack or BSA’s new Camp­Maid Flip Grill. The idea is to keep the 'taters up out of the water*
  2. 2) Place the cut potatoes in a Barebones Dutch-oven and cover
  3. 3) Bake at 350° (15 briquettes on top and 9 underneath[see note below]) or 20-25 minutes or until fork soft.
  4. 4) Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Mash them with a fork a few times
  5. 5) Add the rest of the ingredients. Mash and mix well to desired consistency
  6. 6) If you finish these before the meatloaf is done just place them back on the heat after dotting with 1-2 tablespoons butter. Bake up to another 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are lightly browned on top and heated through.
Notes
  1. *Steam baking potatoes in a Dutch-oven will give you the creamiest potatoes ever. Of course, you can boil them, but why when this makes them so much better
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Adapted from Darryl Alder
Adapted from Darryl Alder
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Lunch with the Obamas


 

Pot-o-chiliFor lunch try the Obama Family Chili Recipe. Even while in the White House, according to PBSParents, the President “would make a huge batch of chili and serve it to friends when he and First Lady Michelle would have company over.”  wrote in Kitchen Explorers, “I imagined him in the kitchen stirring the pot, serving it to friends as they discussed world events, sports, future hopes and ambitions for their children, then going back for second and third helpings with bursts of eruptive laughter in-between.”
 
It really does conjure an image that reflects what we feel around the campfire with a Dutch oven filled with chili. You can try his recipe as shown on Good Morning America, Nov 06, 2012, by following this easy recipe:
President Obama’s Chili Recipe
Serves 8
This is the easiest chili recipe ever. Get the whole patrol in the act around the fire opening cans, frying meat and discussing world events just as the President in the the White House Kitchen
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 30 oz can Western Style Chili Beans (do not drain)
  2. 1 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
  3. 1 15 oz can pinto or red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  4. 1 1/2 pounds ground meat (turkey and/or beef)
  5. 1 large onion, chopped fine
  6. 1 green pepper, diced
  7. Several tomatoes, depending on size, chopped
  8. 1 15 oz can pureed or petite diced tomatoes
  9. 1 clove of garlic, minced
  10. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  14. 1/4 teaspoon ground basil
  15. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  16. 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  17. 3 Jalapeno peppers
  18. Salt and pepper
Optional garnishes
  1. 2 cups rice
  2. 2 cups cheddar cheese
  3. 1 cup sour cream
  4. 1 cup chopped green onion
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Instructions
  1. 1- Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in olive oil until soft in Barebones cast iron frying pan
  2. 2- Add ground meat and brown.
  3. 3- Combine spices together into a mixture, then add to ground meat. Add red wine vinegar.
  4. 4- In a Barebones Dutch oven, add above with all beans with tomatoes
  5. 5- Let simmer 35 minutes.
  6. Serve over white or brown rice. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese, green onions and sour cream.
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Adapted from For Outdoor Cooking by your #VoiceOfScouting Team
Adapted from For Outdoor Cooking by your #VoiceOfScouting Team
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Sunday Brunch with the Bush’s

If you are looking for a Presidential breakfast or brunch, try Huevos Rancheros. According to White House Chef, Walter Schieb, “On most Sundays, if the Bushes weren’t at Camp David…the President wanted the same thing for lunch: A post-church meal of huevos rancheros. Maria Galvin, a domestic helper the Bushes brought with them from Texas to the White House, tipped me off to this fact, and told me just how the Bushes liked them prepared.”

Check out Galvin’s recipe at the White House Chef (just scroll down to huevos rancheros with fresh tortillas and red beans). However, this recipe is an adaptation for the Fire Disc Grill. We wrote about the grill in November and have used it in the field with our Scout Troop, so just it seems like time to show you how it works with this recipe which comes to us by way of the Dutch Oven Dude; it is his recipe and appears here with his permission:

President Bush's Huevos Rancheros.
Serves 8
The FireDisc is the perfect patrol cooking device. This great morning recipe will go over great if you call these breakfast burritos, (most boys don't know what Huevos Rancheros are, but Ranch Eggs works for me too)
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices bacon
  2. 8 small flour tortillas
  3. 1/2 lb sausage
  4. 1 onion
  5. 1 lime
  6. 3 jalapeno peppers
  7. 1 roma tomato
  8. 1 10-ounce can of diced tomatoes and chilies
  9. 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
  10. 8 eggs
  11. salt and pepper
Garnishes
  1. 1 1/2 crated cheese
  2. I bunch cliantro
  3. 1 avocado sliced
  4. 1 container salsa
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Instructions
  1. 1- Set up FireDisc and light to heat grill
  2. 2- Cut bacon into small pieces and fry with sausage until well done.
  3. 2- Dice onion, remove stem and seeds from jalapenos and dice them into small pieces and add to meat mixture on medium heat and stir-fry for 5 minutes, then pull meat mixture to outer edge of grill.
  4. 3- Add undrained can of tomatoes and chopped tomato to grill center, and stir until bubbling. Add lime juice. Season with salt and pepper
  5. 4- Reduce heat. Carefully crack eggs into liquid. Poach eggs, gently turning on each side.
  6. 5- Push meat mixture to center and warm tortillas around the perimeter
  7. 6- add garnishes, then scoop one egg and other mixture onto a tortilla, roll and return to grill to keep warm until serving.
  8. 7- Serve hot, adding more cheese and salsa
Notes
  1. This only makes 8 burritos. If you need more double recipe or add hash browns to the meat while frying, which will also double the volume
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Adapted from Dutch Oven Dude
Adapted from Dutch Oven Dude
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Let us know if you tried these presidents’ recipes in a Dutch Oven. Then, tell us what you think! Should White House cooks start using Dutch ovens?

 

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