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As we prepare to celebrate our Nation’s birth next week, we thought it would be felicitous to celebrate with some of the favorite foods of certain presidents.
President Eisenhower had
a fondness for rare steak and oxtail soup.
We find this choice fitting for the man responsible for launching the
largest invasion force in the history of the world – over 156,000 troops landed
in Normandy on the first day of the invasion.
As the Allies prepared to cross the English Channel, the mission kept
getting delayed due to the weather. German
General Erwin Rommel, the “Desert Fox” of North Africa, had left the “Atlantic
Wall” and headed home for the night believing no attack would come. In one of the most audacious military
decisions in history, Ike ordered the invasion force, dubbed “Operation Overlord,”
to launch on the morning of June 6, 1944, seizing on a small break in the
weather. His letter to the troops
begins, “The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of
liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” And ends, “We will accept nothing less than
full Victory!” The Germans surrendered
336 days after the Normandy Invasion.
Eisenhower loved Oxtail
Stew. Daube, comes
the French name for a covered casserole dish.
There are many variations of beef stew throughout France with each different based on the region and dating back centuries. Ours is based off a traditional Provençal
recipe with herbs from the region and sun-dried tomatoes that is braised for several hours (our will be Sous
Like Ike, Oxtail is one
of our favorite cuts of beef and perfect for this recipe (a chuck is just too
ordinary!). It is high in connective
tissue requiring a long cooking time to break down the collagen to turn it to gelatin, but
the result is a tender and beefy flavored meet.
In the 19th century,
the French beef cut classification ranked beef tail as Premiere
Categorie (first category), illustrating the changing tastes and eating
habits over time.
We will be cooking the
Oxtail Sous Vide with a Mirepoix
(onion, carrots, and celery), Herbes de Provence, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and Cognac. The Daube Provençal will be served with mashed potatoes and Haricot Vert Almondine. Green Beans with Toasted almonds
was another one of Ike’s favorites.
Time to Cook: 30 min.
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