Be Our Guest is always on my list for people on their first trip to Disney World. How can you top enjoying a meal in Beast’s Castle?! I don’t usually visit Be Our Guest on every trip, but I do miss their French Onion Soup, it’s cheesy and delicious, and previously it was vegetarian! So of course, I had to recreate this one at home!
Be Patient. Cooking down and caramelizing onions takes time, in the case upwards of 45 minutes, don’t rush this process, you want the onions to get a nice color, not burn.
Use a Broiler Safe Dish. In order to get the browning on the top of the cheese, you are going to want to stick these under the broiler, something like these French Onion Soup Crocks are perfect.
You don’t have to stick to the recipe. The former beauty of the Be Our Guest French Onion Soup was that it was vegetarian, however, it is no longer that way and this recipe can be adjusted for a little more flavor, simply swap out the vegetable broth for beef stock. Also, if you can’t find Gruyere cheese you can easily substitute Swiss!
Be Our Guest Inspired French Onion Soup
This soup is a staple at Be Our Guest, and it's vegetarian.
In a large soup pot, melt butter over medium-low heat.
Once butter is foamy, add sliced onions and sugar. Cook stirring occasionally until the onions are golden brown, this should take about 45 minutes – don't rush it.
Once cooked add in flour and stir to coat, cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add in vegetable broth, herbs, salt, and pepper to taste, then bring to a boil – turn the heat down to low and simmer for one hour.
While the soup is simmering, slice bread thin and toast in a 450-degree oven until lightly browned, 5-7 minutes.
Once the soup has cooked, ladle into 4 ovenproof dishes.
Top with the toasted french bread, cover each crock with a slice of provolone, and top that with the grated gruyere.
Place under the broiler and cook until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.
Hopefully, the Quick Service option will be back at Be Our Guest soon, I use to get a lunch reservation and just order this soup! Because even though it might be 100 degrees in Florida, I will always order this soup!
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Sleepy Hollow in Magic Kingdom use to sell Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches, they were the perfect combination of Disney Churros and a way to cool off in the Florida heat. Sadly, they took them off the menu, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make them at home. There is just something about the smell of churros that makes me feel like I am at Disney.
Yes, making churros from scratch can seem daunting. Here are a few easy tips to help your piped churros come out perfect!
Use a churro tip and a piping bag. This dough is thick, so it is worth a couple of dollars of investment. The Wilton Decorating Tip, No.8B Star is perfect for this one. I like that the details of it, and it is thick enough to produce a good churro. I also prefer disposable piping bags, just because it is near impossible to get them completely cleaned out.
Trace out the size you want your churro sandwich to be. I trace out how big I wanted my churros to be, which gave me a great guide when piping. All I did was draw the circle on the backside of some plastic wrap, and then I piped my churros directly on the other side, this also helps prevent them from sticking in the freezer.
Don’t skip freezing the churros. This will help them hold together and keep them from falling apart, no one wants a messy ice cream sandwich.
Disney Parks Copy Cat Recipe: Churro Ice Cream Sandwich
This one may no longer be on the menu at Sleepy Hollow, but that doesn't mean you cant make it at home!
Combine water, butter, salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon in a saucepot and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.⠀
Add in flour and stir and press down until fully incorporated, remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. ⠀
Add in eggs, one at a time, fully mixing to combine before adding the next. ⠀
Fill a large piping bag fitted with a star tip with the dough and pipe in large circles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. (Pro-Tip: Make sure all the layers are touching, and pre-draw how big you want your churros on the parchment, it will be a good guide.)
Freeze for at least 4 hours⠀
Heat about 2 inches of vegetable or canola oil in a pot to 350 degrees.
Remove churros from the freezer and fry until golden, and let drain on a piece of paper towel. ⠀
Combine 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and fully coat your warm churros in the cinnamon sugar. ⠀
Sandwich a scoop of ice cream between 2 churros and enjoy! ⠀
Fingers crossed we will be able to find these Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches in Magic Kingdom again, but these are just too good to not make at home!
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One of my favorite sweet treats in Magic Kingdom is the Cheshire Cat Tails, which usually can be found at their own kiosk. They are a puff pastry, with sweet cream and mini chocolate chips on the inside, drizzled in some colorful icing. It’s the perfect grab-and-go snack, and I love to enjoy mine while people watching those on the teacups.
This recipe might seem intimidating, puff pastry, and a crème pâtissière, but I am going to let you in on some easy secrets to make them perfect.
Use frozen puff pastry and let it thaw. My personal recommendation is to move it to the fridge about 4 hours before you need it, this will prevent your pastry from breaking when you try to roll it out. You can thaw them on the counter for about 30 minutes, but you should place them back into the fridge for about 10 before using them because they need to be cold to the touch when you bake them.
Temper your crème pâtissière. I know, this one sounds intimidating, but essentially it is just cream and eggs that make a beautiful silky custard. You need to temper your eggs to prevent them from scrambling and cooking. This just means you need to ladle your hot milk mixture into the eggs, about a spoonful at a time to bring your eggs to temperature.
Cover your crème pâtissière when chilling. When chilling your mixture press plastic wrap onto the surface of the crème pâtissière, you don’t want to custard to form any type of film on the top.
Mini Chocolate Chips. You can use normal chocolate chips, but the mini ones really work well in this.
Disney Parks Inspired Cheshire Cat Tails
You can find this sweet treat over in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, and there's also is a version over in Animal Kingdom.
Start by heating 1 1/2 cups of milk and vanilla over medium heat.
Combine egg, additional egg yolk, sugar, and corn starch, in a bowl and whisk until fully combined and thick.
Once the milk has heated but not come to a boil, add about 2 tablespoons of the milk mixture to the egg mixture while whisking, once fully combined add 2 more tablespoons continuing to whisk. Then add the remainder of the milk into the eggs and whisk until fully combined.
Return mixture to stove and cook over medium heat for about 3- 5 minutes whisking constantly until the mixture is thick.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow it to cool.
Defrost frozen puff pastry and roll it out until it about doubles in size. You are going to want to keep it shaped like a rectangle.
Spread the creme patisserie over the rolled-out dough so it is in an even thin layer.
Sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, or more if that is your thing.
Fold the dough in half, along the short edge, sort of like a book.
Cut into 1 1/2 inch strips.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and twist a couple of times to give it that cattail look, combine beaten egg with a splash of water, and brush onto the top of each pastry.
Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Combine powdered sugar, and about 1-4 Tbsp of milk, and whisk until combined. You want to start by adding 1 tablespoon of milk and gradually add more until it reaches the desired consistency. It should be thin enough to drizzle but should hold its shape for a couple of seconds when it falls into the bowl.
Separate into 2 bowls and color with PINK and PURPLE food coloring, adding more powdered sugar if it becomes too thin.
Drizzle on icing with a spoon, going back and forth.
We all know about the beloved Disneyland Corn Dog, but I believe the Corn Dog Nuggets from Casey’s Corner in Magic Kingdom deserve the same hype. I am never going to say no to bite-sized pillows of deliciousness. The added benefit of them being nuggets, you more of the golden fried crust.
There are so many good ways to dunk a nugget, and my go-to’s are cheese sauce or plain old mustard. But regardless, you can’t beat the feeling of sitting on the hub grass, munching on some Casey’s Corn corn dog nuggets, and taking in the view of Cinderella Castle. If you are more of a visual learner you can find the whole recipe over on my Tiktok.
I will say there are a few tips and tricks in order to get the little golden nuggets perfect:
Use a good quality hot dog. Honestly, I don’t want to sound overdramatic with this one. But, you need a good quality hot dog for these, a bad quality hot dog will ruin these. Don’t skimp on quality, it will make frying them even harder.
Your hot dogs need to be dry. Okay, if you want to make note of anything it should be this. I do coat these nuggets in flour to ensure the batter will stick, but your hot dogs need to be dry – like bone dry, for the batter to stick. And it might seem fine at first, but the moisture will really affect things when you begin to fry.
Buttermilk is key, but you can make it at home. This recipe calls for a cup of buttermilk, so if you can get a small container I recommend it. I also understand that not everyone will be willing to buy buttermilk. So no worries, all you need is milk with a splash of white vinegar. For the cup of milk in this recipe add in one tablespoon of vinegar.
Casey’s Corner Inspired Corn Dog Nuggets
Nothing beats sitting on the hub grass in Magic Kingdom, while enjoying some Casey's Corner Corn Dog Nuggets.
If macaroni and cheese had a baby, it would be Epcot’s Nudel Gratin. You can find this dish in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot, and it’s a custard-like Mac & Cheese, which is the perfect way to treat yourself when drinking around the world. It is by no means healthy, but when is mac and cheese ever that way?
Disney Parks Blog released a recipe for this one back in 2013, but I will tell you this now, there is no way that is what they are making in Epcot. For starters, there is in no way enough cheese to equal the amount that you see on the Nudel Gratin in the parks. So, with a little (or a lot) of tweaking, I have made this recipe as close to perfect as possible.
A few notes, you could always use ham in this, during Food and Wine, they have offered the option of getting this dish with or without ham. I honestly don’t have a preference for which one I prefer, but I don’t think the addition is necessary! So grab a beer, and make this dish! Prost!
Here are my top tips for making this recipe perfect:
Shred Your Own Cheese. Pre-shredded cheese contains additives to prevent the cheese from clumping together, which also prevents it from melting properly. Shred your own cheese to make sure you get the right texture.
Undercook Your Pasta. Since this recipe is going to spend some time in the oven, undercook your pasta slightly, this means draining it about a minute before it’s reached al dente. This will allow it to finish cooking in the oven without it becoming mushy.
Layer Your Pasta and Cheese Sauce. To get that all over baked through cheesy goodness, be sure to layer, pasta, cheese sauce, pasta, cheese sauce. This will make sure all the noodles are coated, and nothing gets too crispy in the oven. Also, don’t forget to set aside that extra cheese for the top!
Epcot’s Nudel Gratin Copy Cat Recipe
Here's how to make the Nudel Gratin from the Germany Pavilion in Epcot at home!
Hidden in Animal Kingdom is one of the best snacks in any Disney Park, and yes, it is corn on the cob. I know that corn on the cob doesn’t seem like a traditional theme park snack, but trust me when I say this corn will change your mind. You can find it over at Harambe Fruit Market, over by the entrance to the Kilimanjaro Safaris, and they fresh grill it throughout the day!
So, I will say this recipe includes a lot of spices and it might seem excessive, but trust me when I say that you need them. I found it easiest and cheapest to buy them at my local Indian Market. There are a few on the list that you might have some trouble finding in-store, so I will link the hard ones to get here, that way you can still make this even if you don’t have a store local to you.
Animal Kingdom’s Copy Cat Grilled Curry Corn on the Cob
This corn is a true masterpiece, the spices compliment the grilled corn perfectly, and now you don’t have to worry at five bucks for a single cob!
Last year I had this Hot Cheetos Cozy Corn at Disneyland that I still dream about. It was the perfect level of spice and crunch and was one of my favorite snacks I had on the entire trip. So I figured, let’s make this one at home. It is easier to make that you would expect and it is so delicious.
A few things about this recipe, it was advertised as and Elote situation, however, the corn was not roasted, so I chose to boil mine. Also, they don’t say Cheetos at any point but we all know that its Cheetos. Also, assembly tip, roll the corn in the Cheeto powder, don’t press it on. The oils in the Cheeto dust make it clump easy and you won’t have an even coat if you pat it on.
I love drinking around the world at Epcot, and the Tipsy Ducks in Love is one of my favorite from the China Pavilion. It’s coffee and tea base makes it perfect for being one of the first stops around the World Showcase.
While their specialty tends to be BaiJoe Punch, there is no denying how delicious the Tipsy Ducks in Love is. I have even paired it with pork egg rolls and I think it’s perfect.
Tipsy Ducks in Love
You can get this coffee and tea drink from Joy of Tea in the China Pavilion at Epcot.
Brew both the coffee and tea and chill in the fridge until cold.
Into a shaker of ice combine 6 oz chilled coffee, 4 oz chilled black tea, 2 oz of milk, 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup (this depends on how sweet and chocolate tasting you want it to be), and 1.5 oz of bourbon.
Shake and strain over fresh ice, and top whip whipped cream.
What your favorite drink around the World Showcase? Let me know and I just might recreate the recipe!
As you know one of my favorite things at Disney is the Ronto Wraps from Galaxy’s Edge. In fact I have recreated them at home before and they were delicious. However, I got a few emails from fellow Ronto Wrap fans stating the ones in the park don’t have dairy in them, and that the peppercorn sauce is in fact mayo-based. So, I went back to work to perfect the recipe even more.
You can always check out my original recipe here. This time around I added a few shortcuts, and significantly cut the cooking time, and I will admit this version tasted so much closer to what you get in the park!
Start by pounding out the pork chops so they are between 1/8"-1/4" thick.
Coat your pork chops in a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Roast for 16-20 minutes or until fully cooked.
In a medium bowl combine cole slaw mix, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, basil, sugar, and mix to evenly coat.
Once fully combined add olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate until ready to assemble. Though not necessary, this slaw can be made a couple of hours ahead of time and would allow the flavors to meld.
Combine 1/2 cup mayo, 1/8 cup white vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon black pepper, 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon horseradish, 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire, and salt to taste.
Stir to fully combine and refrigerate until ready to use.
Cook sausages according to directions on the package.
Toast pita bread. I like to toast mine on the open flame of my gas stove, however, you can grill them or just lightly toast them in the oven or a pan.
Place pork chop in the middle of the pita bread.
Place sausage on top of roast pork.
Add about 1/3 of a cup of slaw on top of the sausage.
Top with a generous drizzle of the peppercorn sauce.
(Pork Sausages) I have been trying to find the perfect pork sausage for this recipe. On my deep searches of the internet, I read they use a Portuguese sausage in the park. When I first created this recipe I used the ‘Liguica Portuguese Sausage‘ that I found out my local Walmart. If you are going for an authentic Ronto Wrap, I would still highly recommend using this sausage if you can find it near year. You easily can use a mild pork sausage in this recipe, or even chorizo. It depends on whatever you can locally find, or what type you prefer.
Let me know if you give this recipe a go, and if it takes you to Batuu! Also, check out the video below for a quick step by step tutorial.
The steamed cheeseburger pods in Pandora are outstanding, they are basically a big mac wrapped in a bao bun and puffed to perfection. I set out to figure out how to make these at home and they turned out delicious.
Bao buns might seem a little bit intimidating, but the dough is extremely forgiving and you don’t need to be a dumpling master to make them, I promise!
Also, if you are headed to Pandora soon, it should be noted to you can order an adult size version of the pods, even though they aren’t listed on the menu.
Pandora Cheeseburger Steamed Pods
Make the Cheeseburger Steamed Pods from Pandora in Animal Kingdom at home.
Add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of yeast to 1 1/2 cups of warm water, about 105 – 110 degrees. Give the mixture a quick whisk and let sit 10 minutes or until the mixture becomes foamy.
Mix together 4 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
Pour the yeast mixture into the flour mixture and combine. Once the dough comes together transfer to a work surface and knead for 10 minutes, adding more flour or oil as needed.
Place dough in a large oiled bowl, cover, and allow it to rest for 2 hours in a warm place. It should double in volume.
Once dough has risen, punch down, cover, and allow to sit 30 additional minutes.
While on the last rise, make the cheeseburger filling.
Brown one pound of beef and 1/2 of an onion, it should take about 10 minutes, then add in a teaspoon of garlic powder.
Once cooked, add in 8 oz of shredded cheddar and allow to melt.
Take the mixture off the heat and add in 1/2 cup of chopped dill pickle, 1 1/2 tablespoons of mustard, 1 1/2 tablespoons of ketchup, 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire, and stir to combine.
Once your dough has risen divide in half and roll out into two logs, cut each log into about 7-8 pieces.
Flatten the dough and use a roller to form into a circle about 3-4 inches.
Add about a 1/4 off the cheeseburger mixture to the middle of the bun, and bring up the edges and seal.
Place your pods in a parchment lined steamer basket also sprayed with cooking spray. Make sure the steamer basket is not touching the water. Cook over boiling water for 10-12 minutes.
These pods are easy but take a little time waiting for the dough to rise. Want to see a full step by step video, head over to my TikTok! What is your favorite snack at Disney? Let me know in the comments and you might see me recreate it.