Skip to comments.Obamas’ Thanksgiving Menu a Tour de Pie ["Organic Brine-SoakedTurkey" & Six Pies?]
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 dont 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 presidents favorite: pumpkin.
Foodies who want to replicate the feast on their own are in luck. The White Houses 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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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.
pies at our feast: pumpkin, cherry, apple/cranberry, Reese’s peanut butter cup, blueberry, pumpkin pecan. There were two others that I never identified.
Beats left over pizza I guess.......
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...
I want to see Barack Hussein gnawing on a chunk of that
honey baked ham. Show me.
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.
brined turkey ping, coug...
I brined mine for the first time this year. It was moist and delicious. I will brine every year now.
Sort of a "Family Meeting"
I just did one...turned out very moist.
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
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.
Never needed to brine. I buy a fresh turkey that has never been frozen. Moist and delicious every time. :)
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.
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.
The breast is still moist and the skin is now brown and pretty.
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.
Once you brine a turkey, you will never go back. Moist, and delicious.
Is the ham for his mother-in-law who lives with him?
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