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Presidential Palates, Part 7


Okay, so the final debate of this painful presidential campaign is behind us!  Finally!  Now more than ever, we need something positive in the political arena to distract us from all the negative noise.  So let’s continue with our look back at Presidential food preferences and taste quirks.


Today we’re taking a look at the food preferences of President George W. Bush (2001 -2009). Considering his love of all things Texan, it isn’t too surprising that he’s a fan of Tex-Mex fare.  According to his White House Chef, George W. Bush was fond of a Sunday meal of huevos rancheros, a Tex-Mex classic.  “On most Sundays, if the Bushes weren’t at Camp David…the President wanted the same thing for lunch:  A post-church meal of huevos rancheros.”  This dish is flavorful and simple to prepare.  Give it a try!

Huevos Rancheros

2 (10-inch) flour tortillas

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

4 eggs

1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup salsa

1/2 tomato, thickly sliced

2 tablespoons sour cream

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.  Heat tortillas, one at a time, flipping until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a separate skillet over medium heat.  Crack eggs gently into skillet in a single layer, being careful not to break the yolks.
  3. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese over the eggs, avoiding putting too much cheese on the egg yolks.
  4. Cook until eggs are set and cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Place tortillas on serving plates; spoon 1/4 cup salsa onto the center or each.  Top each tortilla with tomato slices, a dollop of sour cream, and 2 cooked eggs.  Season with salt and pepper.

Yield:  2 servings

President G.W. Bush had a second unusual favorite food that would be interesting and fun to prepare with students.  In July 2007, the 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.  Here’s a recipe for this very unique dish!

Cheeseburger Pizza

1 can refrigerated Pillsbury™ pizza crust

1/2 pound extra-lean (at least 90%) ground beef

1 cup tomato pasta sauce

1/4 cup chopped red onion, if desired

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz.)

1/4 cup dill pickle slices


  1. Preheat oven to 425° F.  Spray or grease 12-inch pizza pan.
  2. Unroll dough on pan.  Starting at center, press out dough to edge of pan.
  3. Meanwhile, in 8-inch skillet, cook beef over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain.
  4. Spread pasta sauce evenly over dough.  Top with beef, onion and cheese.
  5. Baked 12 to 18 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and cheese is bubbly.
  6. Top pizza with pickle slices.

Yield:  4 servings

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little culinary glimpse into the Bush White House.  More to follow tomorrow!