As for themes, you can do anything you want. The dollar stores are a great place for supplies and giveaways. If you're doing a nonpartisan party, make everything gold. If it's environmental, go green. And of course -- the food is often themed, or based upon what the incoming president likes to eat. (from Throw Your Own Inaugural Bash at cbs.com)
the 'it' shoe for your inauguration bash from Marc by Marc Jacobs
Make your own party hat...on the cheap from martha stewart.com
• Prez Obama Sliders
2 pounds hamburger meat
1 package of crumbled bleu cheese
1 package of applewood smoked bacon
1 package (6 individual buns) of potato bun
1 cup of horseradish mayonnaise (see recipe below)
1 cup red onion marmalade (see recipe below)
1 tablespoon of butter
salt & pepper to taste
In order to make sliders, punch out buns with a two inch ring mold or take a glass and push atop a potato bun to make a smaller ring size.
Handcraft your meat to 2 1/2 ounces burger rounds.
In a frying pan, over medium heat, add a thin layer of oil until slightly smoking.
Season burgers on both sides with salt and pepper and place into pan.
Place strips of bacon on a cookie sheet and bake in oven at 350 degrees. Cooks for 10-15 minutes, remove and let cool.
Cook for 3 minutes on each side or until desired temperature.
While burgers are cooking, toast potato buns in a toaster or a pan with a tablespoon of butter.
To assemble the burger take the potato bun, place a pattie on top then add, horseradish mayonnaise, red onion marmalade, bacon and blue cheese. Serve immediately.
• Horseradish Mayonnaise
2 cups of mayonnaise
1 8 ounce jar of horseradish
1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper
1/2 tablespoon of black pepper
1/2 tablespoon salt
In a food processor pour mayonnaise, horseradish, cayeene pepper, black pepper and salt.
Mix for 2-3 minutes until thick and creamy. Don't over mix.
• Red Onion Marmalade
2 red onions
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup sugar
Slice both red onions, 1/2 inch thick.
In a pot, over medium heat pour red wine vinegar and sugar and bring to a simmer. Make sure that the sugar is dissolved into the red wine vinegar and then add the onions and cook until translucent and liquid is reduce. Make sure you're constantly stirring, not to burn. Let cool and reserve for the Prez Obama Sliders
• Nacho Cheese & Jalapeno Mini Quiches
- For pastry shells:
3 ounces, cream cheese
1/2 cup, margarine
1-1/2 cups, flour all purpose
- for Filing:
4 ounces, cheddar cheese (grated)
4 ounces, jalapenos, sliced
1 cup, half and half
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon, cracked black pepper
Combine ingredients and shape into 1 inch balls.
Place into lightly greased miniature muffin pans, form into shells and prick with a fork.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 5-10 minutes.
Divide cheese and jalapenos between pastry shells.
Combine eggs, half-and-half and seasonings in large mixing bowl.
Pour egg mixture into pastry shells over the cheese and jalapeno mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until set. Let cool a few minutes and serve.
Kind of hilarious Obama & Michele face cookies
Pastry for 'Change'
• Toasted Marshmallow Shake
1 bag jumbo marshmallow
2 cups milk
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 cups creamy vanilla ice cream
4 oz kahlua
On a medium sized cookie sheet place 1/2 bag of marshmallows, in a row.
Place under your burner in the oven for 2-3 minutes, until completely charred.
Take out of oven and let cool.
Repeat this step, but only let the marshmallows toast, so they are slightly burnt.
Take out of oven and let cool.
In a blender pour milk, kahlua, sour cream, ice cream and charred marshmallows.
Mix for 5 minutes.
Pour in a large glass and top with 2-3 toasted marshmallows.
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