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Epcot’s Nudel Gratin Copy Cat Recipe

Epcot's Nude Gratin Recipe

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8 oz White Cheddar Cheese shredded and divided
  • 8 oz Swiss Cheese shredded and divided
  • 3 Tbsp Butter divided
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp White Pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 16 oz Elbow Noodles cooked one minute short of al dente

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Combine heavy cream, milk, and eggs in a large bowl and whisk until fully combined. 
  • Whisk in nutmeg, white pepper, and salt. Then fold in half of both the white cheddar and Swiss cheese, and set aside. 
  • While noodles are still warm, add 2 Tablespoons of butter and allow it to melt and coat the pasta. 
  • Use 1 Tablespoon of butter to coat a 9×13” pan. 
  • You are going to layer the noodle and custard mixture. Start by layer half of the cooked pasta in the 9×13” pan, then add half of custard mixture, repeat the process one more time. 
  • Top the Nudel Gratin with the rest of the cheese. 
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until the top, is golden brown. 
  • Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then slice into squares. 

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Galaxy’s Edge Copy Cat Ronto Wrap Recipe 2.0

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!

Galaxy’s Edge Ronto Wrap Copy Cat 2.0

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 2 Wraps

Ingredients
  

Tangy Slaw

  • 1 1/2 Cups Cole Slaw Mix
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Basil
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Peppercorn Sauce

  • 1/2 Tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Mayo
  • 1/8 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Prepared Horseradish
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire
  • salt to taste

Ronto Wrap

  • 2 Mild Pork Sausages see notes
  • 2 Thinly Slicked Pork Loin Chops
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 Pita Breads

Instructions
 

Pork Chops

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • 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.

Tangy Slaw

  • 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.

Peppercorn Sauce

  • 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.

Pork Sausages

  • Cook sausages according to directions on the package.

Assembly

  • 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.

Notes

(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.

@bethanyvinton

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