There are two states of being when you are a Disney Parks fan: being at the parks and wishing you were at the parks.
When we’re not in the park we are constantly planning our next visit. Making lists of our favorites to visit again and all the new things we need to check out. To help get our taste buds through the time between the trips, we like to make food from the parks.
Here are some of our favorites Disney recipes that will make you feel like you are right back in the parks.
Pongu Lumpia – Pongu Pongu in Animal Kingdom
10 spring roll wrappers
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1/2 cup sugar, divided
Oil for frying
1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
2. Carefully separate spring roll wrappers. Cover wrappers with moist paper towel to prevent drying.
3. Cut softened cream cheese into 10 equal pieces.
4. Place one spring roll wrapper on a cutting board. Place one piece of cream cheese in the center of the spring roll and spread evenly on wrapper, leaving a 3/4-inch border around the edges. Add 3 tablespoons of diced pineapple and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
5. Roll one edge of the wrapper towards the center. Fold in both sides and continue rolling. Moisten the edge with water to seal the lumpia.
6. Repeat with remaining spring roll wrappers.
7. Place lumpia on prepared baking sheet and freeze for 4 hours or overnight.
8. Preheat 1 inch of oil in a frying pan to 350°F. Fry lumpia for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
9. Roll in remaining sugar before serving.
Narcoossee’s Chowder – Narcoossee’s Restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort
1 large Sweet Onion, diced
1/2 cup Carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 cup Celery, diced
1/2 cup Brandy
1 cup Chardonnay
1/2 pound Tuna Filet, trimmed and diced
1/2 pound Salmon filet, trimmed and diced
1/2 pound Whitefish, trimmed and diced
1/2 pound Langostino
1 cup Lobster stock
1 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Old bay seafood seasoning
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
1/2 cup Tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
2 tablespoons Butter, melted
2 1/4 tablespoons Flour
1/2 cup Potatoes, Idaho, diced
1/4 cup Safflower oil- to saute
1 tablespoon Garlic Puree
Method of Preparation:
1. Heat safflower oil in the kettle.
2. Add onions, carrots, celery, and season with salt and pepper – cook until translucent.
3. Add diced fish and cook through.
4. Deglaze with wine and reduce. Add brandy. Simmer for a few minutes.
5. Add lobster stock, heat to a simmer. Add cream. Heat until simmer yet again.
6. Reduce for 30 minutes and add diced lobster meat.
7. Make roux out of butter and flour. Add roux to the chowder and mix carefully.
8. Simmer for 1 hour.
Tonga Toast – Kona Cafe at the Polynesian Resort
2 slices sourdough bread, cut 1½ inches thick
1/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ cup of milk
½ teaspoon of vanilla
Vegetable oil or shortening for frying
Whipped butter and/or syrup
Put about four inches of oil or shortening into a good-sized pot (such as a Dutch oven).
Heat the oil/shortening to 350ºF. While that is heating up, cut a small pocket (about 1 inch in length) in the side of each bread slice.
Cut your banana in half, then cut in half again lengthwise. Remove the peel from all four parts of the banana. Now stuﬀ two pieces of banana into the pocket you cut into each slice of bread. In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar, then set aside. In a bowl larger than your piece of bread, mix the egg, milk, and vanilla, then also set aside.
Place each piece of stuﬀed bread into the bowl with egg mixture and allow it to soak for a few seconds. Place soaked bread into the hot oil/shortening and fry on both sides until lightly browned. When done, remove from oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels or a wire rack. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar before serving.
Yield: 1 serving
Tip: If you cannot ﬁnd sourdough bread that is 1½ inches thick, you can use slices of 1-inch thick sourdough bread.
Tie-Dyed Cheesecake – Pop Century Resort
Red Velvet Cake
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups sugar
1 tablespoons cocoa
1 ounce red food coloring
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9″ springform pan.
Cream together butter, sugar and eggs. Make a paste of cocoa and food coloring. Add the paste to the creamed mixture. Mix salt and vanilla in buttermilk and add alternately with the flour. Mix soda and vinegar separately, add last, folding in. Do not beat after adding soda mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean. Cool cake in pan.
Lower oven temperature to 325 deg F.
1 1/2 lb. Cream Cheese
1 1/3 C. Sugar
5 Large Eggs
16 oz. Sour Cream
1/4 C. Flour
2 tsp. Vanilla
2 tsp. Lemon Juice
* All above ingredients should be at room temperature before you begin.
Start by beating the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Keep the mixer on a low setting throughout the beating and mixing process. Add the sugar a little at a time and continue beating until creamy. Add one egg at a time and beat after each egg. When eggs have been mixed into the cream cheese add flour, vanilla and lemon juice, mix well. Add the sour cream last and beat well.
Divide the batter into 6 bowls and color each one:
Drop large spoonfuls of the colored batters randomly atop the red velvet cake in the springform pan. Swirl each layer slightly. Place on the top rack in the middle of a 325 degree preheated oven for one hour and 15 minutes. When time is up, prop open oven door and leave in oven for one hour. After one hour, remove from oven. Let cool enough before the cheesecake is put into the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Grapefruit Cake – Hollywood Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios
1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs (separated)
3 tablespoons grapefruit juice
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into mixing bowl. Make a well in center of dry ingredients.
2. Add water, oil, egg yolks, grapefruit juice, and lemon rind. Beat until smooth.
3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar separately, until whites are stiff but not dry.
4. Gradually fold egg whites into the cake batter, folding gently with a rubber spatula until just blended. Do not stir the mixture.
5. Pour into an ungreased 10-inch cake pan. Bake at 350º degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched with a finger. Invert pan on cake rack until cool. Run spatula around edge of cake. Carefully remove from pan. With a serrated knife, gently cut layer in half.
Grapefruit Cream Cheese Frosting
2 six-ounce packages of cream cheese
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
3/4 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
6 to 8 drops yellow food coloring
1 one-pound can grapefruit sections (well-drained), reserving 2 tablespoons of juice OR 3 fresh grapefruits, peeled, sectioned, and drained, reserving 2 tablespoons of juice.
1. Let cream cheese soften at room temperature. Beat cheese until fluffy.
2. Add lemon juice and rind.
3. Gradually blend in sugar. Beat until well blended. Add food coloring.
4. Add reserved grapefruit and blend into frosting.
5. Divide the frosting evenly into two bowls. Roughly chop 2/3 of the grapefruit sections and add them to half the frosting. Spread this mixture on the bottom half of cake. Top with several grapefruit sections. Cover with second layer of cake. Frost top and sides. Garnish with remaining grapefruit sections.
Jack-Jack’s Num Num Cookies – Hollywood Studios
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
2 1/4 cups flour
- Brown butter and let it cool until it begin to solidify.
- Cream butter sugars and salt in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy.
- Mix in whole egg, egg yolk, and vanilla.
- Combine dry ingredients and mix into the batter.
- Add chocolate chips.
- Scoop into balls and chill thoroughly, at least an hour, preferably overnight.
- Bake at 350 for seven to 10 minutes until golden brown on edges but still soft in the center.
Lunch Box Tart – Woody’s Lunch Box in Hollywood Studios
- 1 puff pastry sheet or pie crust rolled out
- fruit jam (choose your favorite or mix a few together!)
- 1 egg
- 1-2 tablespoons of milk
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- ¼ cup low fat milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- food coloring, of choice
- sprinkles, optional
- Pre-heat oven to 375°F. If needed, set out puff pastry sheet to thaw.
- Cut puff pastry or crust into 6 equal rectangles.
- Make an egg wash by whisking 1 egg and 1-2 tablespoons of milk together.
- Coat edges of half of the dough rectangles with egg wash.
- Place a few tablespoons of fruit jam in the center and spread, leaving room on the edges.
- Place a second piece of puff pastry on top of each. Use your fingers to push the edges together, and then seal with a fork.
- Poke a few sets of holes with the fork in the top of each pasty.
- Bake on wax paper or lightly greased cookie sheet for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and puffy.
- While pastries are baking, make your icing! Simply mix all ingredients together.
- When the pastries are done, let them cool slightly and then top with icing and sprinkles.Let the icing harden a bit and then…
Apple Strudel – Biergarten in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot
½ cup bread flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 (one) egg yolk
¼ cup warm water
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 pounds apples, sliced
½ cup melted butter
4 tablespoons toasted breadcrumbs
¼ cup raisins
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1. Mix together the bread flour, all purpose flour, and salt in a mixing bowl using the dough hook on a mixer.
2. Slowly add the egg yolks, oil and warm water on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl, but slightly sticks to the bottom of the bowl.
3. Remove from the mixing bowl and place in a sealed container covering with vegetable oil.
4. Place dough in refrigerator overnight.
5. Remove from refrigerator and gently wipe off the excess oil from the dough. For best results, place a clean, lint free towel on the kitchen counter and gently pull the dough with your hands until the dough is paper thin, shaping into a rectangle.
6. Once you have stretched out the dough, place 3 tablespoons of the breadcrumbs on the long end of the dough closest to you approximately 3 inches wide.
7. Mix together apples and raisings and place on top of bread crumbs. Mix together sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over apple mixture. Sprinkle remaining breadcrumbs over apple mixture.
8. With a pastry brush, brush melted butter on the dough that is exposed.
9. Grabbing the towel with the side where the apple mixture, roll the dough to the other end making sure that the apple mixture inside is even. Brush the outside of the dough with more of the melted butter.
10. Bake at 400ºF degrees for approximately 25 to 30 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
11. Let cool at room temperature for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, then slice with a serrated knife into 8 equal portions.
The Grey Stuff – Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom
- 1 1/2 cups cold whole milk
- 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 15 chocolate sandwich cookies
- 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
- 3 tablespoons instant chocolate pudding mix
- 12 scalloped sugar cookies
- Edible sugar pearls
- Pour milk into large mixing bowl. Add instant vanilla pudding mix and whisk for 2 minutes until smooth and slightly thickened. Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours, until firm.
- Place chocolate sandwich cookies in food processor and pulse until puréed.
- Fold puréed cookies into pudding mix. Stir until fully mixed.
- Add whipped topping and instant chocolate pudding. Stir until fully mixed.
- Place in refrigerator and chill for one hour.
- Spoon grey stuff into piping bag fitted with desired tip. Pipe grey stuff onto cookies. Top with sugar pearls.
Pineapple Dole Whip – Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom
- 1 cup pineapple juice, frozen in an ice cube tray
- 1 DOLE® Banana, peeled and frozen
- 2-1/2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk beverage
Combine pineapple juice, banana, and powdered sugar in a blender. Cover; blend until smooth, gradually adding coconut milk and scraping down sides if necessary. Serve immediately.
What are some of your favorite Disney recipes to make at home? Let us know in the comments.
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