Disney World Moms Panelist Kathie F. brought us some great insights into dining vegetarian in Disney World, and today she’s walking us through a favorite vegetarian recipe from Carnation Cafe in Disneyland! Stay tuned to see more tips, tricks, and recipes from Kathie about going Vegetarian in Disney!
Being a Disney geek, I naturally follow the official Disney Parks Blog. Imagine my delight when one of this past week’s posts combined some of my favorite things: Disney & Food. And, not just anything to do with food, but a vegetarian recipe that I could make at home to give me a little “Disney Fix” in the middle of a cold and snowy winter!
The post I’m referring to was for “Oscar’s Potatoes” by a favorite Disney foodie of mine: Pam Brandon. Not only did I have the extreme good fortune to meet Pam at a 2010 food blogging event at Disney World, but I look at some of her Disney cookbooks nearly every day! Both “Cooking with Mickey and the Disney Chefs” and “Delicious Disney Desserts” are coffee table books in our house.
Oscar’s story is touching: 54 years in food at Disneyland starting at popcorn and ice cream wagons before moving on to restaurants, then 43 years of cooking at Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe. That’s a long career, one that shows his love of food, pleasing customers and exemplifying everything a Disney Cast Member should be. While I haven’t been fortunate enough to visit Disneyland yet – I will absolutely put visiting the Carnation Cafe and seeking out Chef Oscar as a top priority!
Now, on to the cooking!
The recipe itself is actually pretty simple: potatoes, onions, butter, salt & pepper. But, don’t be fooled. Simple Ingredients + Simple Preparation ≠ Simple Taste.
The first step in my experiment with Oscar & Pam was to thinly slice 1 large white onion and saute it with 2 tablespoons of butter. After they’re translucent, set them aside.
After slicing two pounds of red potatoes, I sauteed them in 2 tablespoons of butter. Then I topped with some salt and freshly ground pepper.
When the potatoes are nicely browned (and the house is smelling pretty yummy), toss the onions and potatoes together and place in an oven proof pan.
Top with foil and add some small slits for ventilation. And then: Into the 400 degree oven it goes!
A long time later… ok, 45 minutes later – but trust me, the air will be smelling so wonderful at this point, it’ll seem longer… it’ll be time to take a peek under that foil. Wow! Take a look at those brown potatoes and the bubbling butter!
Four thumbs up! While Oscar serves these for breakfast, I opted to pair these with dinner: burgers (veggie & regular). Everyone from tween to adult loved these. First helpings were gone in a flash, and we had to divide up the remainder so each of us could have a second helping! The best, most tasty bits were the bits found on the bottom- those potatoes were golden, buttery and crunchy.
I’m sure this recipe will be going into rotation (dinner AND breakfast), although, unless its for a special meal, I’ll probably be cutting down on the butter. Next time, I’ll try just half of the amount recommended and I’ll substitute just a bit of olive oil instead.
If there had been any leftovers, I would have tried to make the full Oscar’s Choice. Guess I’ll just have to whip up another batch soon – for breakfast!