White House Superbowl Lunch: LBJ Chili, Reagan Guac, Obama Cobbler & More: From the Archives

President Obama grabs himself some Superbowl Sunday lunch before settling in to watch the game on a big screen with guests in the White House theater.

President Obama grabs himself some Superbowl Sunday lunch before settling in to watch the game on a big screen with guests in the White House theater.

“Old Dogs” and “Jackie Kennedy” are the story topics, according to this website statistics, which draw the most readers but one which rises dramatically at this time of year is a previous article with ten favorite recipes of Presidents and First Ladies for the perfect Superbowl Sunday feast.

The Superbowl has been part of the national popular culture since the LBJ Administration, and by the 1980s had grown to such a popular day for friends and family to gather around on the hinge of the game – and eat a lot.

So click there for the following recipes:

Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson's Pedernales SRiver Chili

Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson’s Pedernales River Chili

Dick and Pat Nixon's Hot Potato Chip Chicken Salad.

Dick and Pat Nixon’s Hot Potato Chip Chicken Salad.

Jerry and Betty Ford's Braised Red Cabbage.

Jerry and Betty Ford’s Braised Red Cabbage.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter's Plains Cheese Ring.

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s Plains Cheese Ring.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan's Guacamole.

Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s Guacamole.

George H. and Barbara Bush's Corn Pudding.

George H. and Barbara Bush’s Corn Pudding.

Bill and Hillary Clinton's Chicken Enchilada.

Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chicken Enchilada.

George W. and Laura Bush's Olive Tuna Salad.

George W. and Laura Bush’s Olive Tuna Salad.

Barack and Michele Obama's Apple Cobbler.

Barack and Michele Obama’s Apple Cobbler.


Categories: First Ladies, Presidents, The Bushes, The Carters, The Clintons, The Fords, The LBJs, The Nixons, The Obamas

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4 replies »

  1. Carl–

    I love when you collide presidential history with culinary history. It’s like that old Reese’s commercial–“Two great tastes that taste great together.” The Nixon’s and the Carter’s recipes epitomize the 1970’s processed, fatty, make-it-with-whatever-you-have-in-the-pantry culinary thinking. (Although I must admit, I might try the cheese ring—who could say no to cheese and mayonnaise?

    Thanks for these tasty tidbits! As always, a terrific post!

    • Haha…..hoorah indeed for cheese and mayonnaise, and the Seventies – it was a hideous period, but it had a certain dash. Probably the W. Bush and Ford recipes are the healthiest. LBJ Chili, second runner up. They are actually all delicious and the tongue of this Independent recalls the best two as being Ford and yes, Nixon.

  2. Carl, your blogs are always insightful, but this was was especially tasteful!

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