I have published this roundup for the past few years now. With the dialogue and debates about our current political storm going on I had second thoughts about running it again this year. But these presidents still had their favorite foods and that is the subject of this post. I updated this post again this year adding President Trump. I wanted to do something special in honor of the American Holiday of Presidents Day. For all my readers that are not American, this is a holiday that combines President George Washington and President Abe Lincoln’s birthdays and celebrates them both on the third Monday in February in an effort to allow workers to celebrate with a day of
shopping rest. Trying to make this roundup relate to food, I researched and found an article by Food and Wine describing the last 14 presidents and explaining their favorite food. It was a humorous read, to say the least. I put this collection together from info in that article as well as another article from The Cheat Sheet for President Trump and paired each president with a recipe for his favorite food. It was quite an undertaking to say the least. President Trump required 6 dishes to complete his favorite meals from the campaign Trail! Hope you enjoy!
Donald Trump (2017-Present) Image: ISTOCK
Corned Beef and Hash Egg Bake When it comes to his morning meal, Trump told People.com he likes bacon and eggs.
Fried Mac and Cheese Bites While visiting New Hampshire in January, Trump enjoyed quite the spread at a local diner. While a burger and fries are pretty standard, the fried macaroni and cheese bites definitely aren’t!
Italian Meat Loaf While meatloaf makes for a great meal, the resulting sandwiches made with leftovers are the real reason we like to make a batch. It turns out Trump is also a big fan of this sandwich, so Martha Stewart invited him to learn how to make one on her show.
Tuscan Porterhouse Steak It’s probably no surprise to hear the President enjoys a good steak. What is a bit surprising, though, is that he prefers his rib eye cooked all the way through. President Truman also favored a well done steak!
Fish Sandwiches Hitting the campaign trail means every future president comes face-to-face with fast food at some point. For Trump, McDonald’s is the on-the-road restaurant of choice. While he likes the burgers, he also mentioned he’s a fan of the fish sandwiches. A fun note: President Clinton also had a fondness for McDonalds.
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream He might eschew coffee and alcohol, but even Trump can’t say no to a creamy, frozen treat. According to Us Weekly, he particularly likes cherry-vanilla ice cream.
Barack H. Obama (2009-2017) Image: RON SACHS/CNP/CORBIS
Chocolate Caramels A salty-sweet-dessert lover, one of President Obama’s favorite indulgences is Fran’s Smoked Salt Caramels — buttery caramels coated in milk chocolate and sprinkled with smoked sea salt. The President was introduced to the caramels by Democratic fund-raiser Cynthia Stroum: “He had it backstage before he came out to make his speech,” she told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2008. “As he was entering the stage, he saw me and whispered in my ear, ‘Oh my, what were those? Those are phenomenal. I want more.’ So that became my little treat for him.”
George W. Bush (2001-2009) Image: ROGER L. WOLLENBERG / POOL / CNP / CORBIS
Grilled Cheeseburger Pizza In July 2007, then White House chef Cristeta Comerford revealed that, “for dinner, the President loves what we call home-made ‘cheeseburger pizzas’ because every ingredient of a cheeseburger is on top of a margherita pizza.”
William J. Clinton (1993-2001) Image: JOSEPH SOHM / VISIONS OF AMERICA / CORBIS
Jalapeño Popper Burgers As the governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton frequented Doe’s Eat Place in Little Rock where he often ate greasy jalapeño cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, pickles, and onions. Later, while in the White House, the President’s penchant for McDonald’s fast food was spoofed on Saturday Night Live. After two heart-related surgeries in 2004 and 2010, Clinton became a vegan in 2011.
George H.W. Bush (1989-1993) Image: RAMIN TALAIE / CORBIS
Homemade Pork Rinds The elder Bush’s fondness for fried pork rinds with Tabasco sauce came to light in March 1988 during a profile of his presidential campaign in Time Magazine. According to a New York Times article in 1989, “when Mr. Bush expressed a taste for pork rinds, sales jumped 11 percent and he was ordained ‘Skin Man of the Year’
Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) Image: BETTMANN / CORBIS
Homemade Jelly Beans President Reagan kept a jar of jelly beans on his desk in the Oval Office and on Air Force One during his two terms. “You can tell a lot about a fella’s character by whether he picks out all of one color or just grabs a handful,” he said.
Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974) Image: BETTMANN / CORBIS
Cottage Cheese and Ketchup Cottage cheese and ketchup is a famously favorite dish of the only U.S. President to resign from office. Perhaps the odd combination should have triggered concern that something wasn’t quite right in his office.
Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) Image: BETTMANN / CORBIS
Grilled Burgers “Johnson’s dinners were usually the heavy Southern staples he preferred, and he insisted that the portions be big — huge heaps of black-eyed peas and tapioca pudding — and he shoveled the food into his mouth, head bent low over his plate,” writes historian Robert Caro in Master of the Senate, the third volume in his series The Years of Lyndon Johnson. As a senator, Johnson was known to have a hamburger for lunch every day, and was the first president to host a cookout, on the West Terrace of the White House.
John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) Image: CECIL STOUGHTON / JFK LIBRARY
Ice Cream Cone With Hot Fudge Boston-native JFK loved creamy New England fish chowder, according to René Verdon, the chef at the White House during his presidency. The President was also fond of ice cream cones with hot fudge.
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)Image: BETTMANN / CORBIS
Beef Stew In 1955, the Associated Press printed the recipe for Ike’s favorite beef stew, which his wife, Mamie, originally shared with the North Dakota Cow-Belles, an auxiliary of the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association. “The Cow-Belles were a bit taken aback at first because the recipe was for 60 portions,” the AP reported.
Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) Image: BETTMANN / CORBIS
Chocolate Cake “I like well-done steaks,” the President wrote on a food questionnaire that’s now in the archives of the Harry S. Truman Library. “Mrs. Truman’s chocolate cake and chicken and dumplings. [My] mother’s custard pie and fried chicken.” When asked how he preferred fried chicken, he wrote, “Ask mamma — she’ll know how. Haven’t seen many who do.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945) Image: BETTMANN / CORBIS
Grilled Cheese Sandwich One of FDR’s preferred foods was a gooey grilled cheese sandwich, according to Henrietta Nesbitt, the White House housekeeper during his administration. Other all-American favorites included scrambled eggs, fish chowder, hot dogs, and fruitcake. Nesbitt said that the president liked foods that “he could dig into.”
Warren G. Harding (1921-1923) Image: CORBIS
Sauerkraut & Knockwurst During his two years in office, President Harding developed a reputation for hosting men-only dinners. The guests ate sauerkraut and knockwurst before playing bridge or poker under a cloud of smoke, according to The President’s Table: Two Hundred Years of Dining and Diplomacy, by Barry H. Landau.
Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) Image: CORBIS
Broasted Chicken Fried chicken covered with white gravy was a favorite White House meal of Teddy Roosevelt’s. “The President said that his mother had always said it was the only way to serve fried chicken; that it gave the gravy time to soak into the meat, and that if the gravy was served separately he never took it,” writes historian Edmund Morris in Theodore Rex, the second book of a three-volume chronicle of Roosevelt’s life.
Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) Image: CORBIS
Gingerbread Cookies “Once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum and some ginger and mix us up a batch of gingerbread,” said Lincoln, who grew up in a modest household in rural Kentucky. “It wasn’t often, and it was our biggest treat. One day I smelled it and came into the house to get my share while it was hot. I found she had baked me three gingerbread men, and I took them out under a hickory tree to eat them.
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