White House dines on Gulf Seafood - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

White House dines on Gulf Seafood

Posted: Updated:

From Whitehouse.gov
Posted by Cris Comerford,  White House Executive Chef

Today, hundreds of restaurants all across the country are celebrating "America's Night Out for Gulf Seafood" by serving shrimp, oysters, crawfish and other Gulf Coast delicacies. Since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, consumption of Gulf seafood has dropped, which is why we at the White House are so happy to play our part in reminding Americans that Gulf seafood is not only safe – but delicious. (In case you missed it, check out President Obama enjoying some seafood himself at a crawfish boil in Louisiana back in June and a video of the New Orleans Saints cooking up a gulf seafood storm in the White House kitchen.)

Gulf seafood has a special place in my heart – and not just because it's truly some of the best seafood in the world. In September, I traveled to Louisiana to learn about the work done to ensure the safety of the region's seafood. Since day one, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been working with other Federal agencies and state officials to closely monitor seafood in the Gulf and ensure that the seafood that makes it to your grocery store or restaurant is safe to eat.

I also gathered local chefs and chefs from around the country to cook seafood for a block party for the residents of St. Bernard Parish who returned after Katrina.  At that party, I had the honor of surprising one resident who walked into her new home for the first time since the disaster, greeted by the smell of homemade seafood jambalaya.

I'm excited to use the power of food once again to honor not only the Gulf, but some very special guests.  Tonight, the White House is hosting a holiday reception for the volunteers who worked so hard over the Thanksgiving break to put up our beautiful  decorations.  And at this event, we'll be serving our guests a seafood bar highlighting Gulf shrimp and Florida stone crabs. All together, we've shipped in about 2,000 lbs of shrimp and crabs from the Gulf for our 2010 holiday parties.

The celebration of the Gulf doesn't stop in my kitchen either. The White House Mess today has a menu overflowing with seafood from the Gulf, including:

Seafood Gumbo
Andouille, Gulf Shrimp from Venice, LA, Bayou La Batre, Alabama Lump Crab

Oyster Po-Boy
Fresh Alabama Gulf Oysters, Housemade Tartar, French Bread, Cajun Fries

Stacked Eggplant with Shrimp and Lump Crab Cream Sauce
Garden Eggplant, Angel Hair Pasta, Gulf Shrimp from Venice, LA and Bayou La Batre, Alabama Lump Crab

BBQ Shrimp
Traditional New Orleans Family Recipe with Gulf Shrimp from Venice, LA and Crusty French Bread

Speckled Trout
Speckled Trout from Gulfport, Mississippi, Brown Butter Sauce, Red Smashed Potatoes, Snap Peas with Candied Pecans

Duck Camp Beignets

And for you to enjoy a taste of the Gulf at home, here's my Gulf Shrimp Cocktail recipe that I'll be serving at the White House holiday parties.

Gulf Shrimp Cocktail (Serves 6)

For the shrimp:

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 2 lbs large shrimp in the shell

For the Cocktail Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 3 tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp hot sauce

Directions:

Add the vinegar, salt and a halved lemon into a large pot of boiling water.  Add the shrimp, and cook for about three minutes, or until the shells turn pink.  Remove with a slotted spoon into a bowl of iced water.  When the shrimp are cool enough, peel the shells and devein.  Keep refrigerated until service. For the cocktail sauce,  combine all the remaining ingredients and set aside.

Enjoy!

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Hebert Family speaks out about deadly explosion at Omega Protein

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:55:14 GMT
    Christopher Hebert was killed in an accident at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant in 2012. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear of another life lost.More >>
    In 2012, Christopher Hebert was killed when he was caught in a rotating screw conveyor at Omega Protein's Moss Point plant. Hebert's loved ones said they are heartbroken to hear another family is having to deal with losing a loved one because of something that happened at the plant.
    More >>
  • Woman, 2 children killed in Leake County ATV accident

    Toddler involved in fatal Leake County ATV accident expected to recover

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:08:07 GMT
    Two-year-old Alicia Hernandez is currently at Blair E. Batson hospital in Jackson recovering from an ATV accident that killed her mother, brother and a cousin. "My Aunt Lucy Hernandez, her second oldestMore >>
    Sarah Eichelberger, of Baton Rouge, was driving her 2009 Acura car when she collided with Lucy Hernandez's Honda ATV.
    More >>
  • Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Suspect's death takes a toll on authorities

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 10:53:12 GMT
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities sayMore >>
    The D'Iberville man who was pulled from the Tchoutacabouffa River this weekend drowned, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Monday, an autopsy was completed on James King. Authorities say the 21-year-old jumped into the river Saturday while running away from police. It's the kind of tragedy first responders admit always takes a toll on them.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.