I don’t know what the weather is like where you’re from, but here in Upstate New York, it’s just plain COLD – the painful kind where you can’t feel your nose and you just wish you could be somewhere warm and fun – like Disney World, or Disneyland, or a Disney Cruise…but I digress! While I may not be able to head to Disney right now, I can certainly bring a little piece of it to me and into my kitchen, with these Disney DIY Recipes perfect for cold days:
Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier’s Menu:
1/2 pound center cut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch strips
1 medium red onion, diced
3 celery ribs, diced
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken stock
4 cups milk
3/4 pound grated white cheddar cheese, medium or mild (Canadian Black Diamond)
1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup warm beer
Chopped scallions or chives for garnish, optional
In a large pot or Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until lightly browned. Remove a spoonful to use as garnish. Add the onion, celery, and butter, sauteing until the onion is softened. Over medium heat, add the flour and stir, creating a thick paste-like roux. Slowly whisk in the broth and bring to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, then reduce to a simmer, simmering for about 15 minutes, allowing the soup to thicken.
After the soup has thickened, whisk in the milk and bring to a gentle simmer, not allowing the mixture to boil. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese until the soup is smooth. Add Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and beer.
Serve warm, garnish with scallions/chives and bacon. To reheat leftovers, add milk and reheat until warm, not allowing the mixture to boil.
Pair the soup with some amazing Cheddar Pretzel Bread and you have the perfect cheesy meal for a cold winter’s day!
And speaking of bread…there’s nothing quite like the smell of hand made bread baking on a wintry day. Check out this recipe from Garden Grill:
Sunflower Seed Bread – served at Epcot’s Garden Grill
Step 1: Starter Dough
3/8 Cup Water
1 Cup Bread Flour
Pinch of Fresh Yeast
1. Mix together all ingredients and rest overnight in a refrigerator.
4 cups Bread Flour
1 1/2 cups Starter Dough (from above)
3/4oz Fresh Yeast
1 1/2T Granulated Sugar
1 1/2 Cups Sunflower Seeds
1 1/2 Cups Water
1. Mix everything together and knead dough until smooth texture and it comes away from the mixing bowl clean.
2. Cover dough with a cloth and let it rest for 30 minutes.
3. Scale dough pieces into desired weight and shape pieces into round dough balls.
4. Let the dough sit until it is double the size.
5. Place in oven at 400°F for approximately 15-20 minutes.
6. Let the bread cool before slicing.
Or if you’re looking for the ultimate Disney comfort food recipes, try these:
–Guinness Stew from Rose & Crown Pub in Epcot’s England Pavillion
–Mom’s Meatloaf – a classic from the 50’s Prime Time Cafe
–Lasagna Al Forno – from Italy’s Tutto Italia Ristorante at Epcot’s World Showcase
–Bobotie which is found at both Boma and Tusker House – and it’s a personal favorite of mine – LOVE it!
Hopefully, these recipes have helped warm you while bringing you a bit of that Disney Magic – and if you’re looking for even more recipes, I recommend a Disney Cookbook – they’re filled with recipes from the Park and Resort restaurants
DIY’ing a Disney recipe at home is the perfect thing to do when your next WDW vacation seems forever away – and it’s a great way to spend a snowy day, too!