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Presidential Palates, Part 10

I’ll be wrapping up this blog series this week since mercifully the presidential election will finally be history next week.  I still have several former presidents’ food foibles and recipes to share with you, so each of the upcoming posts will feature information about more than one.  Next Monday I plan to share a multiple choice quiz based on information from each of the Presidential Palates blog posts.  Sometime next week, you will be able to download the entire series with quiz in PDF format for free from our website www.freshfacs.com.


For many years, Bill Clinton (1993 – 2001) was a regular at Doe’s Eat Place in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he’d indulge in greasy cheeseburgers with generous amounts of mayonnaise, lettuce, pickles and onions.  The President’s passion for McDonald’s fast food was so well known, that it was once spoofed on Saturday Night Live.  After heart-related surgeries in 2004 and 2010, President Clinton went vegan.  Unfortunately, his passion for rich foods are still a part of his food reputation.  This is a recipe that President Clinton would have enjoyed during his less health-conscious days.

The Classic Burger

1 pound ground lean (7% fat) beef

1 large egg

1/2 cup minced onion

1/4 cup fine dried bread crumbs

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 or 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

4 hamburger buns

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup ketchup

4 iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed and crisped

1 firm-ripe tomato, cored and thinly sliced

4 thin slices red onion


  1. In a bowl, mix ground beef, egg, onion, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper until well blended.
  2. Divide mixture into four equal portions and shape each into a patty about 4 inches wide.
  3. Lay burgers on an oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill.  Cook burgers, turning once, until browned on both sides and no longer pink inside, 7 to 9 minutes total.  Remove from grill.
  4. Lay buns, cut side down, on grill and cook until lightly toasted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Spread mayonnaise and ketchup on bun bottoms.  Add lettuce, tomato, burger, onion, and salt and pepper to taste.  Set bun tops in place.

Yield:  4 burgers


Bill Clinton and George W. Bush share a passion for Mexican cuisine.  A special favorite of both of these former presidents is Chicken Enchiladas.  This recipe should please both of these fine southern gentlemen.


Easy Chicken Enchiladas

3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted

1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies

2 tablespoons finely chopped onion

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/8 teaspoon salt

10 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed

Pico de Gallo, optional


  1. In a large bowl, combine 2 cups Cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, chicken, sour cream, soup, chilies, onion, pepper and salt.  Spoon about 1/2 cup off center on each tortilla; roll up.  Place seam side down in a greased 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  2. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes.  Uncover; sprinkle with remaining Cheddar cheese.  Bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.  Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.  Garnish with Pico de Gallo, if desired.

Yield:  10 servings