Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving at the White House, 1887

Just in case you were wondering what presidents of old ate for Thanksgiving, the White House Cookbook, first published in 1887, lays it out very clearly. Including instructions for removing the guts and feathers from a turkey.

Thanks to the good people at Gourmet, we have the full menu from Grover Cleveland's Thanksgiving in 1887

Oysters on Half Shell
Cream of Chicken Soup
Fried Smelts, Sauce Tartare
Roast Turkey, Cranberry Sauce
Mashed Potatoes, Baked Squash
Boiled Onions, Parsnip Fritters
Olives, Chicken Salad
Venison Pastry
Pumpkin Pie, Mince Pie
Charlotte Russe, Almond Ice-cream
Lemon Jelly, Hickory Nut Cake
Cheese, Fruits

Gourmet was kind enough to reprint some of the recipes on their site. I particularly like the addition of molasses to the pumpkin pie recipe.

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