Saturday, November 03, 2012

The Ultimate Obama Election Night Watch Party Menu: A Special Collection Of White House Recipes

A special collection to commemorate the end of Campaign 2012...
President Obama will spend Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in his hometown of Chicago with the First Family before attending what will ostensibly be a victory party in the evening.  The event will be held indoors at McCormick Place, with a crowd of about 10,000.  Whether it's victory or defeat for President Obama, Election Night parties will take place all over the nation.  Herewith, a collection of White House recipes to enjoy while watching the President finish his last campaign EVER.  Above, the President and Mrs. Obama in Iowa, where their journey began in 2008, and where they will end the campaign before heading to Chicago.

At 'Dinner with Barack'
The Election Night menu includes foods President Obama has eaten most frequently on the campaign trail, as well as his favorites from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House chefs have released some very challenging recipes, included here, but most are very easy.  There's steak, fish pizza, vegetarian entrees, a Biden family favorite, salads and vegetable sides. The perfect finish is pie, the President's favorite dessert.  Cookies are included too; First Lady Michelle Obama won the Family Circle Presidential Cookie Bake-Off.

Toasting POTUS: An Obama Election Night Party would ideally include White House hombrewed beer, and anyone who brewed the recipes as soon as they were released on Sept. 1 will be enjoying their replicales. Bud Light, the President's favorite beer during sudsy campaign stops is the alternate choice.  Mrs. Obama, for the record, enjoys a nice Vodka Gimlet when dining out.  For teetotalers, Iced Sweet Tea is the President's beverage of choice when he dines out. The White House recipe for Sparkling Merry Berry, made with seasonal fruit, is a swell non-alcoholic party drink.

The Ultimate Obama Election Night Party Menu

Pan Roasted Rockfish with Artichoke Barigoule
Presidential Entrees

From Executive Chef Cris Comerford, this challenging recipe can be made with any kind of firm-fleshed white fish.  It is very special, and the recipe also includes instructions for White House Winter Salad with Honey Vinaigrette.  The fish recipe serves 4; the salad recipe serves 6. 

*Grilled Skirt Steak with Poblano Sauce
From Sam Kass, the President and Mrs. Obama's Senior Policy Advisor  for Healthy Food Initiatives.  Kass cooks for the First Family whenever they're home, and says this fast and easy recipe is a Presidential favorite. The sauce is spicy, and the steak is served over a bed of sauteed spinach, included in the recipe.  Serves 4-6 depending on portion size.

*The Obama Family Chili recipe 
President Obama has had hot sauces created in his honor, and that's how the Eater in Chief likes his chili, which can be served over noodles or rice.  "I make a very good chili," President Obama bragged in August.  Serves a crowd, and can easily be doubled or tripled.

*White House Spinach Pie
Created by Comerford for Mrs. Obama's book American Grown, this easy recipe is vegetarian with cheese.  It can be served hot or cold, and tastes delicious either way.  Comerford suggests a dollop of zesty Greek yogurt. Serves 6-10, depending on portion size, and can also be thinly sliced as a side dish.

*Biden Family Chicken Parmesan
Dr. Jill Biden says her recipe is one of Vice President Joe Biden's favorite family meals. As the Veep himself might say, the recipe is really &%$#*!! good.  Perfectly sized for a party, the recipe makes 12 servings.  

*Kitchen Garden Baked Chicken With Brown Rice & Peas
One of the first recipes released to celebrate Mrs. Obama's Kitchen Garden, this creation from Kass is essentially baked "chicken fingers." Sounds like kid food, but adults truly love 'em too.  The easy recipe includes instructions for salad.  Uses a whole chicken, and serves a crowd.

The President has pizza in Iowa with precinct captains
Presidential Pizza

President Obama's re-election campaign put a big spotlight on pizza.  Florida Pizzaman Scott Van Duzer became a symbol for the campaign, and the President also made a habit of delivering pizzas to his hardworking field office volunteers.   President Obama also enjoyed plenty of pizza while on the trail, most recently at a lunch in Iowa. The White House pizza recipes are vegetarian, but pepperoni and sausage can be added to make them accurately Obama:  The President loves meaty pizza. 

*White House Garden Vegetable Pizza, was inspired by the First Lady's Kitchen Garden, of course.  The recipe from Comerford makes three whole pies, loaded with vegetables.  Mrs. Obama fed this pizza to the veggie-hating Jay Leno during a campaign visit to his talk show, and he ate it.  Serves a very big crowd, or the recipe can be cut in half.

*White House Grilled Garden Pizza, also inspired, of course, by the First Lady's Kitchen Garden, uses all kinds of grilled vegetables.  It's super easy, with Comerford's recipe calling for store-bought dough and canned sauce.  Serves 4.

White House White Bean Salad
Presidential Salads and Sides

*White House White Bean Salad, from American Grown, is by Kass. It's spicy: Shallots, chives and radishes are mixed with peas and Cannellini or Great Northern beans.  Serves 6-8.

White House Winter Garden Salad, created by Comerford, features winter lettuces with a spicy mix of herbs, grilled sweet onions, and a honey vinaigrette. Serves 6.

*Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Apples and Chiles
Sweet potatoes are a First Family favorite, and this recipe by Kass for American Grown is sweet and spicy.  Serves 4, and can be easily doubled or quadrupled.

*White House Green Beans With Almonds
Created by Comerford for American Grown, this recipe adds shallots and parsley to a traditional side dish.  Serves 6-8.

*White House Roasted Potatoes are loaded with garlic, and served at the President and Mrs. Obama's holiday parties.  Comerford's easy recipe serves 12-16.

*White House No Cream Creamed Spinach
This recipe by Comerford is the very first recipe released by the Obama White House waaaay back in 2009.  It really does taste like traditional creamed spinach, but without using heavy cream.  Serves 6.

The President and a pal share pie on the campaign trail

Presidential Pies and Cookies

Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses, nicknamed the 'Crust Master' by his boss, has created all the recipes listed here for President Obama's favorite dessert. Pie is served at all important Obama celebrations, including birthdays.

*White House Apple Pie 
President Obama has promised to take America forward, so this quintessentially American pie should have pride of place among the desserts.  It is so good it was served at President Obama's State Dinner honoring China's President Hu Jintao.  Election watchers might find that hilarious, since outsourcing to China was a big topic in the campaign. Serves 6-10, depending on portion size.

*White House Huckleberry Pie
The electoral college map must have key states going blue for President Obama to win.  Huckleberries are blue, plus this recipe uses blueberries, too.  It's been served at every Obama Thanksgiving at the White House, according to Yosses.  Serves 6-10, depending on portion size.

*White House Key Lime Pie
In honor of that very contested battleground state, Florida, this pie can be served as an edible good luck charm. Key Limes are currently hard to find, so use regular limes.  Serves 6-10, depending on portion size.

Yes, We Cookie!

*White House Sweet Dough Butter Cookies
This favorite cookie recipe by Yosses is served at most White House receptions; it's cut into all kinds of fancy shapes--including cookies shaped like First Dog Bo--when served to guests at during holiday party receptions.  Stamped into a round shape, the cookies can easily be decorated with the Obama 2012 logo. Servings depend on size of cookies cut.

*White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe offered by the First Lady won Family Circle's Presidential Cookie Bake-Off, which has predicted the winner of the General Election four out of five times since 1992.  Close to 10,000 readers voted this year, and the cookie race reflected the duel going on in real polling.  Mrs. Obama got just 287 more votes than her challenger, "our smallest margin ever," noted Family Circle.  Makes 5 dozen cookies.

Happy Election night...and Forward! 

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*Top 2 Presidential photos by Obama for America; fish photo by Chuck Kennedy/White House; pie photo by Pete Souza/White House; salad photo by Quentin Bacon,
courtesy of Crown Publishing, reprinted from American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America by Michelle Obama, copyright 2012 National park Service Foundation