All of the Disney theme parks around the world have been closed since March 16, and we’re going through withdrawals.
And while we can’t ride Splash Mountain or visit Star Wars Land from home (unless you count this virtual theme park tour), we can relive the magic through our taste buds.
Via the Disney Parks Blog, The Disney Food Blog and The Disney Blog, the Mouse House has been releasing a steady stream of its closely guarded park food recipes so we can eat like we’re on vacation — from home. Here’s what you can make in your own kitchen.
1. Disneyland’s Dole Whip Recipe
The Dole Whip frosted treat is one of the most iconic theme park foods of all time, and now you can make it from home with just 3 ingredients you probably have lying around:
- 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
- 4 oz. pineapple juice
- 2 cups frozen pineapple
Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until thick and smooth.
2. Toy Story Land Grilled Cheese Recipe
Made famous by Woody’s Lunchbox at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida, this is a memorable take on a classic sandwich. You’ll need 9 ingredients:
- 8 slices of artisan bread
- 8 slices of cheddar cheese
- 8 slices of provolone cheese
- Course salt
- ½ cup cream cheese
- ½ cup shredded Double Gloucester or cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
- Mix the cream cheese, shredded cheese, heavy cream and ¼ teaspoon salt in a food processor or blender until smooth
- Mix the mayo, garlic and ½ teaspoon of salt in a box until smooth
- Put out your bread slices on parchment paper or a large cutting board
- Place 2 slices of cheddar cheese on 4 of the bread slices, and 2 slices of provolone on the other 4 slices
- Smooth a spoonful of the cream cheese spread on the slices with provolone
- Press a cheddar slice and provolone slice together (repeat 4x)
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes, until hot
- Brush both sides of the sandwiches with garlic spread.
- Grill sandwiches for 2 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown
3. Disney Churro Bites Recipe
Churro Bites have been a staple of theme park menus internationally, and now you can make them at home (and you probably have everything on hand already):
- 1 cup water
- 8 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 ½ cups vegetable or canola oil
- ½ cup sugar
- Combine water, butter, salt, and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in 1 ½-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to rolling boil.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Add flour and stir vigorously until mix forms a ball. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 – 7 min.
- Add eggs, one at a time, and stir until combined. Set aside.
- Heat oil in medium skillet or 1-quart saucepan over medium-high heat or until temperature reaches 350˚.
- Spoon dough into piping bag fitted with large star tip. Pipe 1-inch strip of dough over saucepan, cut with knife, and drop into hot oil. Repeat until churro bites fill saucepan with room to fry.
- Fry churro bites until golden brown. Remove with slotted spoon or mesh spider strainer.
- Drain churro bites on paper towel.
- Mix sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl. Toss in churro bites until coated. Place on serving plate and serve with favorite dipping sauce.
4. EPCOT’s Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe
The Disney Blog recently released the recipe of this creamy soup, available at Le Cellier in the Canadian pavilion at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT. The ingredient list is rather substantial compared to these other options, but if you have the stuff, you’ll be eating internationally in no time. Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 lb smoked bacon, medium dice
- 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- 1 medium red onion, medium dice
- 3 ribs celery, medium dice
- 1 cup flour
- 3 cups fresh or low-sodium Chicken Stock
- 4 cups whole milk
- 12 oz. white cheddar
- 3 dashes Tabasco
- 3 dashes Worcestershire
- 4 fl. oz. pale ale, room temperature
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper, fresh ground
- 1 tablespoon chives, thinly sliced for garnish
- 2 tablespoon smoked bacon, rendered crisp, fat removed
- Heat milk in a saucepan and bring to a simmer
- In a non-reactive heavy-bottomed soup pot, such as a Dutch oven, render bacon over medium heat until wilted but not browned
- Add onions, celery, and carrots then cook until the onion is translucent and bacon has crisped
- Slowly add in flour and stir for 2 minutes
- Stir in stock, a little at a time, blending well
- Add warmed milk and stir until there are no lumps
- Return to a simmer, then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes
- Remove from heat and stir in cheese, Tabasco, Worcestershire and ale
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Serve with your favorite pretzel bread and top with chopped chives
5. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Fried Endorian Tip-Yip Recipe
You can eat like you’re in a galaxy far, far away with this chicken (aka “Tip Yip”) dish, courtesy of the Disney Food Blog. It’s made with ingredients you already have:
- 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
- Vegetable oil (or similar)
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons buttermilk
- 1 batch mashed potatoes
- 1 cup cooked mixed vegetables (peas/carrots/corn)
- Cut the chicken into small pieces and set aside. Fill a small saucepan with 2 inches of oil. Place over medium heat and begin to heat it up to around 350 degrees while you prepare the chicken.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, black pepper, and cayenne to mix evenly. In another small bowl, beat together the egg and the buttermilk.
- Working with one piece at a time, dip the chicken into the egg mixture, then the flour mixture, making sure it’s well coated. Repeat that sequence, then set the chicken aside.
- Once all the meat is coated, begin frying by lowering it into the hot oil a few pieces at a time. Flipping occasionally, cook for about 5 – 10 minutes, until a nice dark golden brown color. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
- To assemble the dish, stir together the mashed potatoes and the mixed vegetables. Add a generous dollop of this to each serving dish. Tumble several of the nuggets on top and enjoy straightaway.
If you want to include Gurreck Gravy, there’s a whole separate recipe for that.
Other Disney parks recipes
There are plenty of Disney parks copycat recipes out there. Here are some good ones:
- Fresh Fruit Nutella Waffle (Sleepy Hollow, Magic Kingdom)
- Bacon Mac & Cheese Cone (Cozy Cone, California Adventure)
- The Grey Stuff (Be Our Guest, Magic Kingdom)
- Mickey Beignets (Mint Julep Bar, Disneyland)
- Macaroni & Cheese Hot Dog (Casey’s Corner, Magic Kingdom)
- Coconut Matterhorn Macaroon (Jolly Holiday Bakery, Disneyland)