Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Roasted Rack of Lamb with a Pumpkin Thyme Crust
2 Frenched racks of lamb
1 cup pumpkin purée
2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup bread crumbs from good bread
3 teaspoon olive oil
Remove excess fat from lamb. Salt and pepper the meat and sear on all sides in a saucepan with a little vegetable oil. Place in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes depending on the size of the rack. Cook three-quarters of the way from your desired doneness. Let the rack sit on your counter and rest 20-30 minutes. When slightly chilled, spread pumpkin puree on the back and top of the lamb. Mix bread crumbs with salt, pepper, thyme and olive oil. Roll the rack of lamb in the bread crumbs. Put back in the oven to brown and finish. When done, cut chops and serve.
This recipe was shared by the Clinton Presidential Library and can be found in the National Archives cookbook “Eating with Uncle Sam.”
Photo: Clinton family pets, Socks the cat, and Buddy the dog, in the Oval Office. 12/08/99.
Holidays with the First Families — The Carter Family’s Plains Cheese Ring
The cheese ring is purported to be one of Rosalynn Carter’s favorite recipes. The “Plains” in the recipe title refers to Plains, Georgia, birthplace of the Carters. When the Carter Presidential Library receive reference requests for Carter Family recipes, this is the most requested recipe.
- 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- 6 ounces (approx. 1 – 1 ½ cups) finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup mayonnaise (can vary depending on taste — use enough to “bind” the ingredients together)
- 1/2 cup onions, finely diced
- Dash cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Jar of strawberry preserves (optional, recommended 12 oz.)
Combine cheese, pecans, onions, and mayonnaise in a mixing bowl. Add in the cayenne and black pepper. Mix thoroughly until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Transfer mixture to a plate and shape by patting the mixture flat and forming a rim around the edge. (If you have a mold, you may use that instead to form the ring, if desired.) Refrigerate until chilled, approximately 2 hours.
Fill the center of the ring with the preserves when you are ready to serve. Serve with crackers. Serves approximately 6-8 people.
-from the Carter Library
George Washington’s Family Tree
Pedigree of the Most Illustrious General George Washington, first President of the United States of America, 08/01/1873
This illustrated lineage chart was presented by genealogist James Phillippe of London, England to President Ulysses S. Grant in 1873.
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