At a time where there seems to be few things that can unite politicians even behind party lines, there is one thing that is a surefire way to bring everyone together: meatloaf. And it seems to be a hot topic in Washington lately. According to CNN, President Trump told Chris Christie when they dined at the Whitehouse this week, “I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous.”
Clearly, meatloaf is a favorite of Trump’s since a few years back he tweeted:
The Mar-a-Lago Club has the best meatloaf in America. Tasty. http://t.co/3GS8TRgM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2011
This deeply beloved American classic is so embedded in the genes of our politicians that it seems to unite them on a plane that is higher than the divisions that politics creates.
Inspired by the ability of the humble meatloaf to unify people, The New York Times’s Op-Ed columnist Frank Bruni and Washington reporter Jennifer Steinhauer’s wrote a book to document the phenomenon. They titled it A Meatloaf in Every Oven.
?A Meatloaf In Every Oven is out Today! ? we are so excited to be among other loaf-lovers featured in this book!❤ Annie's Cheesy Meatloaf recipe is included…as well as a little unknown fact ((that we learned when reading pg. 32)) that the beloved Nora Ephron used to stop into Clementine with Frank and Jennifer ❤️ Congrats on the new book! And as Frank says "Here's hoping that meatloaf unites a fractious world, or at least provides comfort in turbulent times." Read more about how Meatloaf can bind people together — link in profile ??? #clementinefoods #frankbruni #jennifersteinhauer #ameatloafineveryoven
In this book there is even a recipe from House Speak Paul Ryan himself.
According to the headnote preceding the recipe, posted on Medium by the cookbook’s authors,
“The only topic that animates House Speaker Paul Ryan more than the earned income tax credit and its potential adjustments in the context of tax reform is the killing of deer.”
He’s such an avid hunter that he grows a beard during deer season, talks endlessly about his wilderness escapades (which usually involve bows and arrows) and even told some of his colleagues that he was solo in a deer blind when he made the ultimate decision to run for Speaker.”
It seems that the House Speaker even hunts and grinds his own venison for this family favorite.
While his recipe may be traditional in many respects, including the use of onion soup and plenty of ketchup, it is still quite novel in its use of venison.
Curious to try out Paul Ryan’s recipe for yourself? Well, here it is, straight from the publisher.
Oh Deer, Speaker Paul Ryan’s Loaf
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium-sized onion, finely chopped
- 1 pound ground venison
- 1/2 pound fatty ground beef, preferably not more than 70 percent lean
- 1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets onion soup mix
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup Progresso Italian-style bread crumbs
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup ketchup
Find the full instructions here on Medium.
If you’d like to try any of the other 48 meatloaf recipes handed over by famous folks for this compilation, you can check out the entire book here or listen to an Eater interview of the author Frank Bruni here.