(WASHINGTON) — As for many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time of tradition at the White House. But the Obama family has taken it a little more literally, eating basically the same thing each year since 2009.
An organic, brine-soaked roast turkey and honey-baked ham make the main courses. There are two kinds of stuffing: cornbread and oyster. Macaroni and cheese, greens, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and green-bean casserole round out the sides.
The Obamas don’t skimp on dessert. Six pies make a roulette of sweets for diners. Apple, cherry, banana cream, sweet potato and huckleberry are joined by what is reportedly the president’s favorite: pumpkin.
Foodies who want to replicate the feast on their own are in luck. The White House’s top chef, Cristeta Comerford, shared some of the recipes in an interview with the Washington Post. Having cooked for each president since Clinton, the former Iron Chef America guest star warns would-be cooks to have plenty of free time; the turkey alone requires 12 hours of marinating.
The Obamas’ dinner guests consist of a closely guarded list of family and friends, some going back to their days in Chicago.
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