How Obama likes his Burger and Tuna Melt

So I had a chance to see some of the president’s takes on some popular favorites.  The first one was shown on a National Geographic Documentary ( where Barack Obama decided to see how Air Force One did burgers on his first flight on the plane as president-elect.  Here’s what Obama requested from the plane’s flight attendant:

– Cooked Medium-well

– Cheddar Cheese

– Dijon Mustard (the flight attendant asked if he would like Grey Poupon, to which Obama responded, “that’s fine”)

– Lettuce and Tomato

– Served with a side of salad or vegetables

– No fries?…Wait, never mind as Obama said, ”Oh, I’ll still take the fries”

Pretty standard way of making a burger.  Personally, I also like adding some slices of red or white onion in addition to maybe some grilled mushrooms.  What stands out here is the president’s love for Dijon mustard and more specifically Grey Poupon.  I don’t think I’ve had a burger with Dijon to my knowledge but I’m pretty sure its strong flavor will certainly add some zest to any burger.  Or, better yet, how about tuna melts?

Grey Poupon mustard, a flavorful condiment favorite of the president

Obama also showed us how he liked his tuna salad melt on an episode of 60 minutes early 2008 during his campaign.  Since I love tuna melts, I decided to try making this myself and I have to say I’m quite pleased with the president’s tastes.  The tuna salad itself is quite savory with a combination of sweet and zesty flavors coming from the gherkins and mustard respectively.  So here is how I made it and remember, the quantities of any of the ingredients can be altered to suit your tastes.  This ingredient list is for 2 sandwiches:

– 1 5 oz. can of chunk light tuna

– 1 tablespoon mayonnaise

– 1 teaspoon Grey Poupon Mustard

– 2 chopped sweet gherkins (You can find these near the pickles at your grocery store)

– 2 slices of cheddar cheese

– 4 slices of bread

– Butter

– Choice of toppings if desired

Drain tuna of excess liquid and place into a bowl.  Mix mayonnaise, mustard, and gherkins in until the tuna salad is well-mixed.  Assemble sandwiches by layering tuna salad, a slice of cheese, and any preferred toppings on the bread.  Spread a light amount of butter on each side of the sandwich.  Place sandwich in a medium skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until outside is golden brown and cheese is melted.  Be careful not to burn the outside.  Cut across the sandwich and serve.

Obama-style tuna melt served with waffle fries. The second sandwich was still being grilled while I took this pic

According to 60 minutes, Obama can apparently also make Chinese and Indian food stemming from growing up in Hawaii and once living with an Indian roommate.  Either way, the president’s got a good take on food.  Thumbs up!

Bon Appetit!


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