Thomas Jefferson’s Jambalaya
President Jefferson requested this dish frequently.
1 tablespoon shortening
1 pound ham or pork sausage
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
3 cups shrimp, peeled, cleaned and cooked
1 large onion, sliced
3 cups tomatoes, skinned, seeded and diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons parsley
2 cups long grained rice
4 cups water
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
Melt shortening in a large fry pan. Cut ham or pork into 1/2 inch cubes and add to shortening, stir for 1 minute and add green pepper ; cook for 5 minutes, stirring often.
Stir in flour until smooth and cook 1 to 2 minutes.
Add shrimp, onion, tomatoes, garlic and parsley. Cook until it starts to boil, stir in rice and 4 cups water, salt, thyme, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper; cover tightly and cook for 30 minutes or until rice is tender and all liquid is absorbed.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Patti La Belle’s Over-the-Rainbow Macaroni and Cheese
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound elbow macaroni
8 tablespoons (1 stick) plus 1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup (2 ounce) shredded Muenster cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounce) shredded mild Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounce) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup (2 ounce) shredded Monterey jack cheese
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup (8 ounces) Velveeta, cut into small cubes
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2-quart casserole.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the oil, then the elbow macaroni. Cook until the macaroni is just tender, about 7 minutes. Do not overcook. Drain well. Return to the cooking pot.
In a small saucepan, melt 8 tablespoons of the butter. Stir into the macaroni.
In a large bowl, mix the Muenster, mild and sharp Cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses. To the macaroni, add the half-and-half, 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese, the cubed Velveeta and the eggs. Season with the salt and pepper. Transfer to the buttered casserole. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Bake until it’s bubbling around the edges, about 35 minutes.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
President Reagan’s Favorite Macaroni and Cheese
8 ounces macaroni
1 teaspoon butter
1 egg, beaten
3 cups grated sharp cheese
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon hot water
1 cup milk
Cook macaroni in boiling water until tender; drain thoroughly. Stir in butter and egg. Add cheese reserving enough to sprinkle on top. Pour into buttered casserole.
Mix mustard and salt with hot water and add to milk. Pour over macaroni; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until custard is set and top is crusty.
Pearl Bailey’s Macaroni and Cheese
4 cups cooked macaroni
1/2 cup butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 pound longhorn cheese
1 small can evaporated milk
Milk (to cover)
Salt and pepper to taste
Run cold water over cooked macaroni. Put in casserole with butter. Cut half of cheese and put on top of macaroni. Pour on condensed milk. Cover with regular milk till it "swims." Add seasonings. Cut remaining cheese into large slices and place on top. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 1 hour.
Yields 6 to 8 servings.
Rock Hudson’s Chicken Casserole
1/4 cup butter, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Salt, to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
1 cup mushroom caps, sliced
2 1/2 cups cooked diced chicken
1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen petite peas, lightly cooked
1 cup cooked noodles
1 tablespoon sherry wine
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 teaspoon sweet butter, softened
Melt half the butter in skillet; gradually stir in flour. Cook over low heat, stirring. Gradually stir in chicken broth, milk, paprika, salt and pepper; cook over low heat about 10 minutes until thickened.
Frank Sinatra’s Sausage and Green Peppers
3 green bell peppers
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 pound hot Italian sausage
1/3 cup red wine
Remove stems and seeds from green peppers and cut into large chunks.
In ovenproof baking dish that can also be used on top of stove, saut
Merle Haggard’s Rainbow Stew
1 pound kielbasa or chorizo or andouille sausages,
cut into 1/2-inch cubes
5 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 cups chicken broth or water
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped yellow bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped purple onion
1 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cubed jicama
2 tablespoons chopped parsley or cilantro , if you like the taste
1 (16 ounce) can dark red kidney beans
1 bay leaf, crumbled
1 teaspoon summer savory, crumbled
5 teaspoons ground red chile pepper, if available (or substitute chili
powder, salt, black pepper, and red pepper sauce to taste)
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Brown sausage in 2 tablespoons of oil over medium heat in Dutch oven. Remove and set aside.
Add chicken to pan and cook until golden; remove and drain pan; return meat to pan and add liquid. Cook until tender.
Meanwhile, put remaining oil and flour in a skillet over medium heat; cook briefly, stirring constantly; add vegetables and parsley and cook 10 minutes.
Combine vegetable mixture with kidney beans and spices with the meat in the Dutch oven; bring to a boil; simmer, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, stirring constantly.
Season to taste with salt, black pepper and red pepper sauce.
Add green onions and let stand for about 10 minutes.
Serve over cooked rice.
Mrs. Hubert Humphrey’s Dinner-in-a-Dish
4 tablespoons shortening
2 green bell peppers, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 pound hamburger
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 cups whole kernel corn
4 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
Put shortening in skillet; lightly fry green peppers, onion and hamburger for 3 minutes or until partially done. Salt and pepper. Remove from heat; stir in eggs and mix well. Place 1 cup corn in casserole. Top with layer of meat mixture and layer of sliced tomatoes. Repeat until corn, meat mixture and tomatoes are used. Cover casserole with crumbs. Dot with bits of butter. Bake at 375 degrees F for 1 hour or until heated thoroughly.
Debbie Reynolds’ Eggplant Casserole
1 (1 1/4 pound) eggplant
4 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 medium tomatoes, sliced
1/4 cup butter
1 cup (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
Peel eggplant and slice in 1/4-inch thick rounds. Place in a bowl with about 2 tablespoons salt and enough water to cover. Let stand 20 minutes, then drain.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
Mix cheeses in a bowl. Remove and reserve 1/3 the cheese mixture. Layer 1/3 the eggplant and 1/2 the tomato slices in prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with 1/2 the remaining cheese mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining eggplant and dot with butter. Pour tomato sauce over top, sprinkle with bread crumbs, then the reserved cheese mixture. Cover with foil. Bake for 1 hour.
Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until eggplant is tender.
Dolly Parton’s Five Layer Dinner
2 cups sliced potatoes
2 cups extra lean ground beef
1 cup onions, sliced
2 cups cooked tomatoes
Salt and pepper
1 green bell pepper, sliced
Layer potatoes, beef, onions and tomatoes in a 2-quart casserole. Season each layer with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sliced green peppers. Cover and bake for 2 hours at 350 degrees F.