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Obamas’ Thanksgiving Menu a Tour de Pie ["Organic Brine-SoakedTurkey" & Six Pies?]
ABC News ^ | November 22, 2012 | Matthew Larotonda

Posted on 11/22/2012 2:54:54 PM PST by Steelfish

Nov 22, 2012 Obamas’ Thanksgiving Menu a Tour de Pie

As for many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of tradition at the White House. But the Obama family has taken it a little more literally, eating basically the same thing each year since 2009.

An organic, brine-soaked roast turkey and honey-baked ham make the main courses. There are two kinds of stuffing: cornbread and oyster. Macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and green-bean casserole round out the sides. The Obamas don’t skimp on dessert. Six pies make a roulette of sweets for diners. Apple, cherry, banana cream, sweet potato and huckleberry are joined by what is reportedly the president’s favorite: pumpkin.

Foodies who want to replicate the feast on their own are in luck. The White House’s top chef, Cristeta Comerford, shared some of the recipes in an interview with the Washington Post. Having cooked for each president since Clinton, the former “Iron Chef America” guest star warns would-be cooks to have plenty of free time; the turkey alone requires 12 hours of marinating. The Obamas’ dinner guests consist of a closely guarded list of family and friends, some going back to their days in Chicago.

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1 posted on 11/22/2012 2:55:03 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Sounds similar to what we enjoyed at a big pot luck we just got back from. Yum. Add my killer salad and a few gluten free menu items and subtract the greens. And the turkey was smoked.


2 posted on 11/22/2012 2:58:34 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Steelfish

pies at our feast: pumpkin, cherry, apple/cranberry, Reese’s peanut butter cup, blueberry, pumpkin pecan. There were two others that I never identified.


3 posted on 11/22/2012 3:01:04 PM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Beats left over pizza I guess.......


4 posted on 11/22/2012 3:02:57 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Mercat
"Add my killer salad and a few gluten free menu items and subtract the greens. And the turkey was smoked."

Gluten free feast today here, too. Smoked turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, baked butternut squash, steamed broccoli/cauliflower, with Greek yogurt with fresh berries, grated extra dark chocolate for dessert. Plus the usual glass of Cabernet. I can't believe I ate the whole thing...

5 posted on 11/22/2012 3:15:58 PM PST by redhead (Brought to you by the letter "O" and the number $16,000,000,000,000)
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To: Steelfish

I want to see Barack Hussein gnawing on a chunk of that
honey baked ham. Show me.


6 posted on 11/22/2012 3:17:04 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: Steelfish
Don't forget the sativa group, Eruca and, er ... the other one.


7 posted on 11/22/2012 3:19:41 PM PST by caveat emptor (Zippity Do Dah)
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To: Steelfish

Has anyone here ever brined a turkey? I would like to try it, but I have never spoken to anyone who has ever done it. The chefs all over FoodNetwork all swear by it, but I would like a real life opinion.


8 posted on 11/22/2012 3:47:15 PM PST by USMCWife6869
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To: USMCWife6869; CougarGA7

brined turkey ping, coug...


9 posted on 11/22/2012 3:49:14 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: USMCWife6869

I brined mine for the first time this year. It was moist and delicious. I will brine every year now.


10 posted on 11/22/2012 3:55:32 PM PST by morans14
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To: Steelfish
The Obamas’ dinner guests consist of a closely guarded list of family and friends, some going back to their days in Chicago.

Sort of a "Family Meeting"

11 posted on 11/22/2012 3:58:37 PM PST by Kakaze (I want The Republic back !)
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12 posted on 11/22/2012 3:58:56 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: USMCWife6869
We brined one last year and it was tasty although it did make the drippings salty so you don't want to add any salt when you make the gravy.
13 posted on 11/22/2012 4:08:40 PM PST by Aquamarine ( We all live in Benghazi now. ~ bray)
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To: USMCWife6869

I just did one...turned out very moist.


14 posted on 11/22/2012 4:19:18 PM PST by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Steelfish
The Soetoro pie stories are SO 2008....
15 posted on 11/22/2012 4:45:15 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: Steelfish

And how, exactly, does this fit into Moochelle’s healthy eating directive??

Oh, wait, I forgot!! “Directives for thee, but NOT for me!”

- Moochelle Obama


16 posted on 11/22/2012 4:58:34 PM PST by DustyMoment (Congress - another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: USMCWife6869

I’ve been brining turkey for about ten years. I’ll never go back to roasting it the old fashioned way. It’s always moist and tender. The trick is to remember that a brined turkey will cook faster than a regular one.

I use a brine recipe on allrecipes dot com.


17 posted on 11/22/2012 5:16:19 PM PST by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: USMCWife6869
Has anyone here ever brined a turkey? I would like to try it, but I have never spoken to anyone who has ever done it. The chefs all over FoodNetwork all swear by it, but I would like a real life opinion

I did it this year and everyone loved it .
18 posted on 11/22/2012 5:27:03 PM PST by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Lera

Never needed to brine. I buy a fresh turkey that has never been frozen. Moist and delicious every time. :)


19 posted on 11/22/2012 5:40:16 PM PST by HangingTuff
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To: USMCWife6869

Brine is basically salt and water with seasonings. Look on your turkey package and what does it list - water and salt. I’ve never brined a turkey and have never had a dry turkey. I’ve never added any extra seasonings because we want to taste turkey.

The last few years I’ve been cooking mine breast side down because it gives a much more moist breast. There are several downsides to cooking it this way because the breast skin doesn’t crisp up and he comes out of the oven ugly as sin and he’s difficult to turn back right side up unless you’ve got some serious arm muscle. However, if you’re into taste over presentation then that’s the way to go.


20 posted on 11/22/2012 5:55:27 PM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: USMCWife6869
I always brine mine.

I suggest you not do it unless you want to be stuck bringing the turkey every stinking year.

"Oh please HTB, won't you do the turkey again? Yours is always so moist, tender and tasty."

I had to get up at 6:30am to put that monster in the oven.

Oh well... it was good. And I got told that I need to do the Christmas one too. And a leg of lamb.

:sigh:

21 posted on 11/22/2012 6:03:33 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: bgill
Turn the turkey right side up for about the last 1/2 hour or so and baste with butter.

The breast is still moist and the skin is now brown and pretty.

22 posted on 11/22/2012 6:05:42 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Fate plays chess and you don't find out until too late that he's been using two queens all along)
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To: USMCWife6869

We had it today for the 2nd Thanksgiving.My son is the cook at the Firehouse and made it for everyone today.Now I crave it.Really good.


23 posted on 11/22/2012 6:08:40 PM PST by fatima (Free Hugs Today :))
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To: USMCWife6869

Once you brine a turkey, you will never go back. Moist, and delicious.


24 posted on 11/22/2012 6:52:20 PM PST by laxcoach (Government is greedy. Taxpayers who want their own money are not greedy.)
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To: Steelfish

Is the ham for his mother-in-law who lives with him?


25 posted on 11/22/2012 7:25:31 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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