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!
These are the drinks you NEED to order the next time you are in Epcot. Drinking Around the World can be overwhelming, there are plenty of options to choose from, but the real question is, what should you be ordering? I have tested many drinks around the World Showcase, and have determined that these are the drinks you need to order.
Of course, we are starting in Mexico, because it is the only right way to drink around the world – I mean, you do you, but the true Epcot people will judge you.
Of course, you have to grab a margarita when in Mexico, and I recommend heading into the pavilion and checking out La Cava del Tequila. Their variety of margaritas is unparalleled to the kiosk outside – even though they are own by the same company. The drink of choice in Mexico has to be La Cava Avocado, it is their famous avocado margarita, yes, it actually has avocado in it, however, you don’t really pick up on that flavor, it just contributes to more of a creamy texture.
Heading to Norway, you have limited options compared to some other countries. But I always recommend heading into Kringla Bakeri, their snacks are cheap and delicious, and I prefer it over the cart outside. My go-to choice is the Viking Coffee, which you can order both cold and hot. It is a combination of coffee, Kamora, and Baileys, and it is the perfect not too strong tasting spiked coffee.
China has some of the most slept on drinks in Epcot. Joy of Tea which sits right on the lagoon, is completely unsuspecting but houses some of the best drinks. Honestly, by the time you have reached China it is probably getting warm out, and the Canto Loopy is the perfect refreshing drink. It’s a combination of Cantaloupe Juice and Vodka and is a must when you pass through China.
When in Germany of course you have to have a beer, it’s the most German choice that you could make. There are quite a few beers and beer cart options in Germany, and I highly suggest picking up one of their huge pretzels, you know to soak up the alcohol. My go-to here is the SchöfferhoferGrapefruit, it is only 2.5% percent which is honestly the break your liver needs by the time you reach Germany.
Italy is the land of wine, and the pavilion in Epcot really reflects that, you can find wine everywhere and you can’t go wrong with it. However, my favorite beverage is seen at pretty much every festival, so you usually can find it at the festival kiosk. It’s the Italian Margarita – made with tequila and limoncello. There is something completely different about this one, and I know you wouldn’t expect to get a margarita in Italy, but I promise it’s delicious.
Things have changed recently in the American Pavilion, with the opening of Regal Eagle and the outdoor bar there. Now, I must admit I want to dig further into the bar menu than I have, but there is one clear stand out here. It’s the Moonshine Sour from Regal Eagle’s Outdoor Bar. It is the perfect combination of blackberry and blood orange, and according to the bartender, it is the most popular drink in Epcot right now.
The Japan Pavilion hands down has the best drinks in Epcot, there, I said it. You can’t go wrong with any option in Japan, from the sake bar in the back of the pavilion to the garden house, you always can find a great option. I am the biggest fan of the Garden House and their signature cocktails, I am a die-hard Violet Sake fan, and it will always be my number one, but the Tokyo Sunset is also an excellent choice.
If you’ve never visited the bar in the Morocco Pavilion, you need to add it to your list. The theming inside is amazing, and the drinks are even better. You might some people taking shots while drinking around the world, but I highly recommend their Sangria. It is a staple in the pavilion, and you can get it at the bar inside Spice Road Table, and no you don’t need to dine there, you can just grab your drink and go.
France is one of my favorite pavilions, and by this point, you are probably really feeling drinking around the world, so might I suggest heading to the bakery and picking up a $2 baguette. It’s a steal and by your 9th drink, you are going to need it. Now onto the main event, the drink – to me the most quintessential Epcot drink can be found in France, it’s the Orange Slush from Les Vins des Chefs de France, which is a kiosk right on the lagoon. It’s a combination of Grand Marnier, Rum, and Grey Goose Orange. And if you are feeling extra, you can add an extra shot for $6.75.
Orange Slush – Les Vins des Chefs de France $11.50
When visiting the UK Pavilion, you have to venture into the Rose & Crown, it is one of the best bars to grab a drink in all of Epcot. Of course, you can always go with a beer, I am a big fan of the layered beers they serve, and they have more combinations than you would think. However, my go-to drink is the Welsh Dragon, if you read the ingredients you might question my choice, but do me a favor and just go with it.
We have finally made it to the final drink in this Drinking Around the World Tour! Canada does not disappoint, because I believe the most slept on drink in Epcot resides here, though I am not sure if it’s slept on or because it’s most people’s 11th drink, so they probably don’t really remember. I am talking about the Ottawa Apple from Popcorn in Canada. It is a great combination of whiskey, apple, and maple.
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 am always looking for a way to bring Disney home, and I wanted to add some Disney flair to my front porch. There was no better way to do that than with this Bubblegum Wall Doormat. It was easy to make, and didn’t take long to put together.
I started by freehanding where I wanted my blue stripe to go, and using a reference photo I drew it on with a Sharpie. I chose to have the darker pink be a little bit bigger, and I like how it looked a little off-center.
Also, I noticed that depending on what side of Spaceship Earth you come out of depends on what way the diagonal in the wall is facing, so it is up to you on picking which way to make it go.
Once I got my stripe sketched out, I began painting with the darkest pink color first. I found that I used about an entire 2 oz bottle of paint for each of the color in each coat, so make sure you get at least 4 oz of each color of paint.
I didn’t use painters tape to keep my lines crisp, because I didn’t feel like I really needed it. However, if you are worried about painting outside the lines that might be a nice option.
I saved the blue color for last, just so I could easily go over any pink edges and touch them up as need.
Then, let your basecoat dry. Once that is dry I added a second layer and left the doormat overnight to finish drying.
Overall, this was a fun afternoon project and I just love the way it turned out!
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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.
Disney recently released their official Dole Whip recipe, and I am here to compare it to actual Dole Pineapple Soft Serve.
Imagine my thrill and excitement when I see the push notification from my Walt Disney World App that they are giving out the Disney Dole Whip recipe. Then imagine my disappointment when I realize that their recipe had vanilla ice cream in it. It is well known that Dole Whip is dairy free, which means that this can’t be completely accurate. I get it, it was a little too hopeful for Disney to actually spill secrets. But it got me thinking, maybe it is good, so lets compare it to Dole Pineapple Soft Serve.
If you didn’t know Dole makes a pineapple soft serve for soft serve machines, you can even buy it on Amazon. Luckily for me, my local FroYo place was offering curbside pick up AND they had the Dole Pineapple Soft Serve available. So thus began the ultimate Dole Whip showdown.
Disney Recipe Version
I’ll admit, the recipe is super simple, three ingredients, throw it in the blender and you are good. But how good is it really?!?
The mixture was thicker than I expected, in fact the blender had a little trouble with it so I ended up adding an additional splash of pineapple juice.
Okay, so now it is time for the real test, we know this isn’t really Dole Whip but the question remains, will it taste close to or as good at the orginal?
The answer is no, it doesn’t taste like Dole Whip and it honestly is slightly ridiculous that Disney tried to pawn this off as a recipe. Will it be enough to get you through when the parks are closed, probably. Here’s my best advise, check your local froyo place and see if they have the Dole Pineapple Non Dairy Soft Serve, it seriously tastes like you are at the park.
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