Even though President Jimmy Carter’s family business was peanuts, one of the all-time favorite dishes of the 39th President of the United States is Grits Baked with Cheese.
This tasty combination of milk, eggs, cheddar cheese, white hominy, Worcestershire sauce, chicken bouillon and butter blended together and baked in a casserole dish, became a staple on the weekend breakfast menu served to guests visiting Rosalyn and Jimmy Carter during their White House stay between 1977 and 1981.
Henry Haller, who served as Executive Chef during the Carter administration, reports that grits were included on the menu for the Carter family to enjoy during their first breakfast after Jimmy Carter’s inauguration.
Grits are made from ground hominy corn and are a staple of Southern cooking. Chef Haller reports that even the most distinguished VIPs who had White House business during the Carter administration all looked forward to being able to try expertly prepared grits during their White House visit. Haller says that the secret to delicious grits is stirring them often to ensure their complete cooking.
Haller has since shared Jimmy Carter’s favorite Grits Baked with Cheese recipe with the rest of the world in his “White House Family Cookbook.”
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