Fourth of July Feast the Founding Fathers Would Eat

Adriana Velez

grilled turkeyWere the Founding Fathers really Christians? Does the Constitution really protect your kids' right to buy violent video games? States rights or Federalism? Did the Founding Fathers really work tirelessly to end slavery just like Michele Bachmann said?

When it comes to planning your 4th of July party none of these questions matter! (Um, but Michele, you might want to hit those history books.) All I want to know is, what did the Founding Fathers eat after they signed the Declaration of Independence? Wouldn't a Founding Fathers-inspired 4th of July feast be fun? Keep reading to see the menu with recipes.

Founding Fathers Fourth Menu

  • French Beans
  • Grilled Turkey 
  • Beer
  • Ice Cream
  • Great Cake

French Beans: Thomas Jefferson

Of all the Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was the biggest foodie. He was an avid gardener who grew his own fruit and vegetables at his estate Monticello and was endlessly curious about cuisine and especially vegetables. His relative Mary Randolph penned a cook book called The Virginia Housewife, where you will find this French beans recipe (go ahead and call them "freedom" beans). 

Turkey: Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Jefferson may be the Founding Foodie but Benjamin Franklin was quite the epicurean, too. If he'd had his way we would be eating our national bird. Franklin thought the turkey should have been the national bird, not the eagle. As he told his daughter in a letter, "For the Truth the Turkey is in Comparison a much more respectable Bird and withal a true Native of America." You could grill a whole turkey -- or, if that seems overwhelming, try grilling turkey legs.

Ice Cream: James Madison

James Madison's wife, Dolley, is famous for introducing ice cream to America when she served it at her husband's inaugural ball in 1812. It's easy enough to just buy your favorite ice cream -- or you could make your own luscious blueberry lavender ice cream

Great Cake: Martha Washington

Poor George Washington with those wooden false teeth. Maybe he appreciated his wife Martha's Great Cake. As you can see, the recipe calls for 40 eggs and 4 pounds of butter. Perhaps you are not planning a party for 100? In that case, try the "modern" directions with the following ingredients.  

  • 10 eggs
  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1 1/4 pounds flour
  • 1 1/4 pounds fruit

Beer: George Washington

Did you know George Washington brewed his own beer? He made his with molasses. Home brewing is trending like crazy right now. If you're curious, check out Home Brew Talk

Image via VirtualEm/Flickr

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