The Mount Rushmore of Mount Rubsmore Recipes for Presidents Day

Food & Drink

Monday is Presidents Day. How are you going to celebrate the births of George and Abe? You could go the patriotic route and visit a historical site or national park or write a speech about liberty or dump some tea in a harbor. All very fine ideas, minus the tea bit. But the best way to honor the presidents is with something they all could get behind: eating. This Presidents Day, invite the gang over for a food- and fun-filled celebration of our founding fathers, et al. No recipes? No problem. We’ve got that covered thanks to our Mount Rubsmore seasonings. Read on for some tasty inspiration and get ready to eat like a king. Or president.

All the presidents’ meals

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You don’t have to be president if you want to eat, but you do have to eat if you want to be president. Also to just stay alive. Now some presidents had more aggressive appetites (looking your way, Taft) and some preferred to follow a more austere diet. And while there’s no right or wrong, we all know that adding a little adventure to the diet is never wrong. And these four presidents knew just that. That’s how they got onto Mount Rushmore to begin with, their adventurous diets. No, really.

George Srirachington

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George Washington: founding father, war hero, diplomat, lover of sriracha. Ok, maybe that last part hasn’t exactly been proven, but it’s probably a safe bet that Georgie would’ve 100% enjoyed this rub and its revolutionary flavor profile.

George Wing-intons

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The chicken wing. Once the underdog of the chicken world—it used to be considered a throwaway part—the wing now reigns supreme among the easy-sharing, good-tasting foods. Washington may not have eaten wings, but you can bet he would’ve appreciated their scrappy, never-give-up attitude.  

What to use

  • 2 tsp. George Srirachington Rub
  • 12 large chicken wings—6 oz. each and wing tips removed
  • 3 tbsp. lime juice
  • 3 tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter

How to use it

Pat wings dry and spread out on a sheet pan. Work rub in on both sides. Refrigerate 4 hours uncovered to air dry. Combine butter, honey, lime juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire in small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until butter melts, then remove from heat. To cook on grill, set grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat. Grill wings over direct medium heat in a pan with lid closed 10-15 mins., turning, until browned on both sides. Move wings over indirect medium heat and cook with lid closed about 15-20 mins., turning and basting, until skin is crispy and meat is no longer pink. Remove from grill and cover with any remaining sauce. For oven baking, preheat oven to 400°F. Set wire racks inside two baking sheets and spread wings out in a single layer on racks. Bake about 45-50 mins., until cooked through and crispy.

The founding fish (taco)

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Everyone likes to think that George Washington preferred to eat cherries above everything else. And while the guy did like them, that tooth issue of his kind of prevented him from eating too many. Lucky for him, his dining interests were broad. One of Washington’s favorite things to eat was fish. In fact, he loved fish so much he could eat it morning or night. There’s no doubt he would’ve enjoyed having this beer- and sriracha-battered fish taco dish as a part of his presidential menu.

What to use

Fish

  • ½ pound white fish of your choosing
  • 1 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beer of your choice
  • 1 tbsp. George Srichington Rub
  • 3 tbsp. oil

Pico de Gallo

  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 diced tomato
  • 1 diced jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp. diced cilantro
  • 3 limes
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 4 6-inch tortillas

How to use it

Fish

Slice fish so it fits in tortillas. Heat oil over high heat in medium sized pan. Mix the flour and George Srirachington together, then add the beer and whisk in until there are no clumps. Dip fish into batter until coated and then quickly place into the oil (make sure oil is sizzling before putting fish in). Fry on each side for 3-ish mins. until the batter is brown. Place on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Pico

Mix together all of the ingredients except the lime and cilantro. Squeeze limes over the mixture and let soak for about 15 mins. then cilantro and mix.

Heat tortillas either over open flame or in a pan over medium heat—dealer’s choice! Place fish in the taco, toss in some pico and squeeze limes over the top. Add any other topics of your choice and enjoy.

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Aburgerham Lincoln

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It would seem that a guy like Abraham Lincoln, who had to run a country, hold a nation together through war and get a lot of presidential stuff done in general, wouldn’t have time to whip something up in the kitchen. But even Honest Abe couldn’t resist the joys of cooking. Safe bet he also wouldn’t have been able to resist the wonders of this super spice rub.  

Sloppy Abes

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Even a well-kempt fellow like Old Abe needs to cut loose and get messy now and again. This sandwich hits all the messy marks—saucy, loose meat! Which tastes better than it sounds—while also hitting your flavor center hard.

What to use

  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. Aburgerham Lincoln Rub
  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • ½ chopped pepper
  • 1 finely chopped celery rib
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

How to use it

Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Add pepper, onion, celery, and season with salt and pepper. Cook about 5-7 mins., stirring, until veggies are soft. Add ground beef and cook 7-8 mins. until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Stir tomato sauce and paste, Aburgerham Lincoln and Worcestershire and simmer about 6-8 mins., stirring occasionally, until thickened. Season with more salt and pepper to taste and fill into buns.

Gettysburg Grilled Oysters

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Abe Lincoln was a fan of the oyster. He loved them so much that he served them at his second inaugural celebration. Unfortunately, thanks to a late start (dinner was served at midnight) and maybe not enough food, there was a bit of a chaotic feeding frenzy that resulted in most of the food ending up on the floor. This deterred no one from having a great time—seems it was an awesome party—and perhaps even a few guests were able to enjoy some oysters. Point is, avoid riots, make enough oysters, everyone’s happy.

What to use

  • 2 dozen oysters, shucked on half shell
  • 1 ½ cups grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • 2 lemons, juiced and zested
  • 1 bunch chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Aburgerham Lincoln Rub
  • ½ cup. Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemon wedges
  • 1 loaf French bread

How to use it

Heat grill to high, about 450°. Mix cheese, lemon juice, zest and parsley in a bowl. Mix butter, lemon juice, rub, Worcestershire, garlic and ½ cup water in small pot on stove and whisk and melt until incorporated. Top oysters with cheese mixture, then place oysters on grill and close. Cook about 10 mins., until cheese is melted and oysters get some color. Remove from heat and place on baking sheet. Pour about 1 tbsp. of butter sauce onto each oyster. Garnish with a few drops of hot sauce and/or a lemon wedge and serve with bread.

Thomas Jeffersalmon

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Our man TJ was the country’s first gourmand. He was a huge fan of the carb—he introduced French fries and mac and cheese to the country—but he was also a supporter of food in general and was eager to try it and like it. Suffice to say he’d be digging on this spice rub and all the delicious possibilities it represented.

A Sandwich Just for the Halibut

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Jefferson was a huge seafood eater, enjoying fish in all its forms. He would’ve been happy to eat this sandwich, you know, just for the halibut. Rim shot!

What to Use

  • 4 4-oz. halibut filets, fully cleaned and boned
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Thomas Jeffersalmon Rub
  • 1 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons minced tarragon
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cornichon or pickles
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hot sauce
  • 4 buns

How to use it

Heat a grill to medium. Brush filets with olive oil and sprinkle with Thomas Jeffersalmon. When grill is hot, place filets on grill and cook about 5 mins. Each side, until just cooked through. At the same time, mix mayo, tarragon, pickles, garlic, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Start adding hot sauce to taste, then set aside. Spread sauce on bun then place fish on bun.

Crabby Toms

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It is widely accepted* that when Thomas Jefferson said, “The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money,” that he really meant to say “crab cake” instead of “thought.” These crab cakes will make you feel the same way.
*Maybe not widely accepted.

What to use

Crab Cakes

  • 1 ½ pounds lump crabmeat picked free of shells
  • ½ cup onion, minced
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh chives
  • ½ cup pepper, minced
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 tbsp. mayo
  • 3 tbsp. Thomas Jeffersalmon Rub
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • Salt

Spicy Mayo (optional)

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. cider or red wine vinegar
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Pepper

How to use it

Combine minced onion, chives and pepper in a bowl then add crab meat, egg, mayo, Thomas Jeffersalmon and salt. Mix in lemon juice until evenly blended and then mix in one cup of bread crumbs until well blended. Form into evenly sized firm balls and then make burger shapes. Take any remaining bread crumbs and rub on outside of cakes. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully slide cakes into pan. Lower heat to medium and cook about 10 mins. total, making sure each side is golden brown. If you’re feeling saucy, use a food processor to beat egg with the Dijon and vinegar. Slowly pour in canola oil until mixture becomes creamy. Add water if you need to thin it out. Add hot sauce and process for 1 min. more. Season with salt and pepper.

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Theodore Roastevelt

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Stories of our 26th president’s bravery and tough-as-nails-ery are well known—he gave a speech with a bullet lodged in his chest, he had a bear as a pet, he laughed in the face of death, haha! He was not a man who was afraid of things. Food included. No doubt he would have grabbed this spice by the horns and ridden it into flavor heaven. Or at least try it.

Good Gravy! (And Fried Chicken)

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Teddy Roosevelt was a ranchman, a hunter, a Nobel prizewinner, a conservationist, a patron of the arts, a historian and, of course, president, to name a few. It seems like there wasn’t anything Teddy didn’t do. But you know one thing he never did? Pass up a plate of fried chicken. Know why? Because he was no dummy. Don’t be a dummy. Make this fried chicken and gravy. Teddy loved the stuff and would surely approve.

What to use

Chicken

  • 10  bone-in skinless chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • ¾ cup Theodore Roastevelt Rub
  • ½ cup or more buttermilk
  • All-purpose flour
  • Canola oil for frying

Gravy

  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3-4 cups milk
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • Pepper

How to use it

Chicken

Coat each piece of chicken liberally with Theodore Roastevelt. Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours (up to 24 hours). Heat a pot of canola oil to 350°F. Put buttermilk in one bowl and flour in another. Dip chicken pieces into flour, then buttermilk and then flour again, ensuring all chicken is coated thoroughly. Working in batches, put chicken into oil and fry until golden brown and crisp, about 10-12 mins. (chicken should read 180°F with meat thermometer). Place paper towel on plate and then place chicken to drain.

Gravy

After all the meat is fried, pour off grease into a heatproof bowl. Without cleaning the pot, return it to the stove over medium-low heat and add ¼ cup of grease back to skillet and heat up. When grease is hot, add flour over grease and mix to create golden-brown paste. Add flour or more grease as needed if gravy looks too thick (add grease) or too greasy (add flour) if it looks overly greasy. Cook until deep golden brown in color. Pour in milk and whisk. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk and cook about 5-10 mins., adding milk if it becomes too thick, until gravy is thick and smooth.

The Roast with the Most

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Roast, it’s what’s for dinner. At least it should be. This roast won’t disappoint and it will make anyone you share it with unquestionably support you should you run for office.

What to use

  • 10 tbsp. Theodore Roastevelt Rub
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 3-lb. roast

How to use it

Coat roast with olive oil and then smear on Theodore Roastevelt to cover roast. Transfer meat to a plate, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for 1-4 hours. Remove the roast from the fridge 30 minutes before you are ready to cook, so it can come up to room temperature. Prep grill to cook at 225°F indirect heat. Place roast on grill over indirect heat and cook to medium-rare, about 3 hours, until internal temp reaches 125°F. Remove and cover with foil and rest for 10 mins.

Presidents, president’s presidents’—what is it?

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No holiday is more confusing than Presidents Day. Which presidents does it celebrate? How the heck do you spell it? How many other names does it go by? How did it get started? Here are some crib notes to help you get through the day.

Washington’s birthday, February 22, became a U.S. government holiday in 1885. In the 1950s, some ambitious folks tried to get more three-day weekends by proposing that some national holidays move to Mondays. This basically was ignored until the 1970s when the National Holiday Act was passed, which resulted in some holiday observations moving to Mondays and, thus, the creation of more three-day weekends. Triumph.

Some states honor both Washington and Lincoln on Presidents Day while others honor Washington and Jefferson, but not Lincoln. Some states honor all the presidents. It’s also still called Washington’s Birthday by the federal government. So it’s really just a choose-your-own-adventure holiday. Enjoy whatever way you want.

There is no agreement on whether there is an apostrophe—is it presidents, president’s or presidents’? Who knows. Good luck with that. And Happy Presidents’/President’s/Presidents Day!

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