President Eisenhower's Vegetable Soup Recipe
by Julie (admin)
(Scott City, KS)
President Dwight D. Eisenhower was not only a five star general and President of the United States, he also enjoyed cooking! One of his favorite soup recipes was Vegetable Soup. Here is his recipe....
GENERAL EISENHOWER'S RECIPE FOR VEGETABLE SOUP
As published in the The Marion Sentenel, Linn County, Iowa
The best time to make vegetable soup is a day or so after you have had fried chicken and out of which you have saved the necks, ribs, backs, un-cooked. (The chicken is not essential, but does add something.)
Procure from the meat market a good beef soup bone - the bigger the better. It is a rather good idea to have it split down the middle so that all the marrow is exposed. In addition, buy a couple pounds of ordinary soup meat, either beef or mutton, or both.
Put all this meat, early in the morning, in a big kettle. The best kind is heavy aluminum, but a good iron pot will do almost as well. Put in also the bony parts of the chicken you have saved. Cover it with water, something on the order of 5
quarts. Ad a teaspoon of salt, a bit of black pepper and, if you like a touch of garlic (one small piece). If you don't like garlic put in an onion. Boil all this slowly all day long. Keep on boiling till the meat has literally dropped off the bone. If your stock boils down during the day, add enough water from time to time to keep the meat covered. When the whole thing has practically disintegrated pour out into another
large kettle through a colander. Make sure that the marrow is out of the bones. Let this drain through the colander for quite awhile as much juice will drain out of the meat. (Shake the colander well to help get out all the juice).
I usually save a few of the better pieces of meat just to cut up a little bit in small pieces
to put into your soup after it is done. Put the kettle containing the stock you now have in a very cool place, outdoors in the winter time or in the ice box; let it stand all night and the next day until you are ready to make your soup.
You will find that a hard layer of fat has formed on top of the stock which can usually be lifted off since the whole kettle full of stock has jelled. Some people like a little bit of the fat left on and some like their soup very rich and do not remove more than about half of the fat.
Put the stock back into your kettle and you are now ready to make your soup.
In a separate pan, boil slowly about a third of a teacupful of barley. This should be cooked separately since it has a habit, in a soup kettle of settling to the bottom and if your fire should happen to get too hot it is likely to burn. If you cannot get barley use rice, but it is a poor substitute.
One of the secrets of making good vegetable soup is not to cook any of the vegetables too long. However, it is impossible to give you an exact measure of the vegetables you should put in because some people like their vegetable soup almost as thick as stew, others like it much thinner. Moreover, sometimes you can get exactly
the vegetables you want; other times you have to substitute. Where you use canned vegetables, put them in only a few minutes before taking the soup off the fire. If you use fresh ones, naturally they must be fully cooked in the soup.
The things put into the soup are about as follows:
- 1 qt. can of canned tomatoes
- 1/2 teacupful of fresh peas. If you can't get peas, a handful of good green
- beans cut up very small can substitute.
- 2 normal sized potatoes, diced into cubes of about half-inch size.
- 2 or 3 branches of good celery.
- 1 good-sized onion. (sliced)
- 3 nice-sized carrots diced about the same size as potatoes.
- 1 turnip diced like the potatoes.
- 1/2 cup of canned corn.
- A handful of raw cabbage cut up in small pieces.
Your vegetables should not all be dumped in at once. The potatoes, for example, will cook more quickly than the carrots. Your effort must be to have them all nicely cooked but not mushy, at about the same time.
The fire must not be too hot but the soup should keep bubbling.
When you figure the soup is about done, put in your barley which should not be fully cooked, add a tablespoonful of prepared gray seasoning and taste for flavoring, particularly salt and pepper, and if you have it, use some onion salt, garlic
salt and celery salt. (If you cannot get the gravy seasoning, use one teaspoonful of
Cut up the few bits of the meat you have saved and put about a small handful into the soup.
While you are cooking the soup do not allow
the liquid to boil down too much. Add a bit of water from time to time. If your stock was good and thick when you started, you can add more water than if it was thin when you started.
As a final touch, in the springtime when nasturtiums are green and tender, you can take a few nasturtium stems, cut them up in small pieces, boil them separately as you did the barley, and add them to your soup. (About one tablespoonful after cooking.)
To view the original recipe/document, visit the National Archives online