A dinner with the Prez

January 27, 2010 at 10:56 am 3 comments

Emerald has asked me to blog about what I would cook if Mr. Obama was coming to my house for dinner and that is a very fun thing to think about so I had to respond and here is my answer!

First of all I would want things to be casual because he gets a lot of state dinners and balls and stuff.  So I’m thinking A meal consisting of classic tuna melts, a simple salad and New Orleans style carrot soufflee for that little bit of NOLa/love.  For dessert I would just do ice cream sundaes because everyone loves them.  To drink I would serve beer because I know the president likes it and it would go well with meal, but I would have wine as well, just in case.

Classic Tuna Melt (serves 7)

14 slices marble rye bread

softened butter

2 cans solid albacore tuna, in water

mayonaise, enough to bind salad, less than a cup

one whole Clausen dill pickle, fine dice

fresh dill, (for the prez. I could splurge 🙂


1 Tbs. capers, chopped

2 Tbs. grated onion

1 stalk celery, finely diced after chopping off both ends

gruyere cheese, (again, I can splurge for the prez. and fam.)

To make:  Butter one side of each slice of bread and heat up a griddle or cast iron skillet to med. heat.  You don’t want it to hot or then you will burn the bread and the cheese won’t be melted!

Combine in a med. size bowl the tuna, mayo, grated onion, celery, pickle, dill, salt and pepper to taste and chopped capers.

To assemble sandwiches spread a substantial but not TOO big scoop of the salad on one side of the bread(not the buttered side!) and then top with cheese and put another piece of bread on the cheese, again butter side OUT.

Cook each sandwich on both sides making sure the pan stays consistently cool enough not to burn the bread, but so that everything inside is getting hot and melty.  The sandwiches are done when the outside is realy golden and crunchy and the inside is really melty.  Feel free to serve the kids first and then the Prez and wife, this is casual, after all!

Simple Salad with Honey Mustard dressing (serves 7)

2 bags mixed greens, (make sure they are nice and fresh, this is the President after all!)

1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in half, (again the nicest you can find 🙂

2 green onions, sliced

1 cup chopped pecans

Layer all of the above in the above order and set aside in the fridge to make dressing.


1 cup Mayo

2 Tbs yellow mustard

2 Tbs brown mustard

4 Tbs honey

2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar

Whisk top three ingredients together and then slowly add vinegar, tasting between tablespoons until you get the flavor you like.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

The Piccadilly Cafeteria Carrot Soufflee Recipe





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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Emerald  |  January 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    That you would confidently serve the First Family tuna melts is one reason that I love you. That Michelle would beg for for the recipe and the kids would say, “Daddy, this is better than the food at home!” is another.

    • 2. Ruby  |  January 27, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      Awwww, that is so sweet! I guess I just think if I were the Prez. I would want people to treat me normally. And I remember the things he said he liked eating on the campaign trail and it was things like pie and hot dogs. And with kids it’s nice to keep things informal, and more natural. And that way maybe we could become friends IRL!!!!

  • 3. Bellyhoo  |  February 13, 2010 at 9:58 am

    That’s funny you posted the Picadilly carrot souffle. My bf has been talking about it and I was planning on making it for his birthday dinner. Instead we had a high-calorie feast on Thursday to kick of Mardi Gras. Chicken Fried Steak with Cane’s dippin sauce, baked macaroni, and the famous carrot souffle. And coconut ice cream for dessert. Everyone had to unbutton the top of their jeans. But it was worth it;)


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