Election Night Menu Ideas

To tell the truth, I'm glad I got invited to someone else's election night party because I'd probably go totally overboard putting together a menu.

For those of you scratching your heads about how to stay nourished through what might be a long night, we have a few ideas to get you started. Please also share your own ideas for what to make for Tuesday's supper. We'll keep this post floating toward the top until it's all over (hopefully) Tuesday night.

Elizabeth got us started with a post on October 1st about what to make for the VP debate with a roundup of many recipes from Alaska and Delaware. There are some fun suggestions in there, especially on the Alaska front.

Here are some other suggestions for things to serve for your Election Night event:

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A Cocktail: Some people might feel the need to stay well-lubricated. Pace them, though. No matter what, have lots of water on hand.

How about an Americano (above left), originally posted as a summer cocktail, but no reason it couldn't be served in the fall. It also happens to be red.

Or, if you're into the whole blue theme thing, try a Blue Moon Cocktail (above right), which features crème de violette, a nod to bi-partisanship.

CHOW sent a Presidente recipe out today to their email subscribers, but Nora suggested the another version of the recipe, adapted from Joy of Mixology). See below

A Salad: Long ago I posted a recipe for Beet Box, a dish I'd had at a restaurant here in NYC with beets, blue cheese (there's your red white and blue) and hazelnuts. It's delicious, easy to make, and feels comforting.

More bright red beet recipes:
Sautéed Rainbow Chard with Raw Beets and Goat Cheese
Velvety Beet and Cocoa Cake

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Entrees: One could argue you need something hearty to keep you strong and get you through the night, and possibly absorb vast amounts of alcohol you may end up consuming. For that, the obvious silly choice is to serve McCain's famous rubbed ribs recipe or Obama's family chili recipe.

Or take a trip down The Kitchn's memory lane and make something from our Cindy McCain Recipe Challenge warm spinach salad from the post we ran about her family recipes (except that they turned out to be taken from Food Network's website) - one reader made all five of the recipes and liked the Rosemary Chicken Breasts and Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon (above) best.

You could also argue that you need to keep it light and mild, in case of internal digestive upset due to stress. In that case I might suggest big bowls of barely dressed greens, pint glasses of filtered water, and some boxes of antacid.

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Desserts:

YesWeCake.com is your one stop shop for all Obama-related sweets. It doesn't end there, however. The web is filled with Obama sweet: google "obama desserts," "obama cookies," "obama cakes" and you'll busy all afternoon.

Believe me, I tried to get some McCain dessert photos. Nada. What kept coming up was the above photo of McCain and President Bush cutting McCain's birthday cake in Arizona, during the Katrina aftermath. If someone has a McCain-related dessert, please let us know!

Political Truffles - If you want to be totally neutral, how about some grey donkey and elephant truffles?

Buckeye Candies - celebrate the swing state of Ohio with these delicious peanut butter and chocolate treats.

El Presidente
(adapted from Gary Regan, Joy of Mixology)

2 ounces light rum
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce pineapple juice
Dash of grenadine

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Related:
The Food of Florida - more swing state eating.

(Images: I Voted image from Flickr member sleepyneko licensed for use under Creative Commons, Obama cookie from La Prochaine Fois via YesWeCake.com)