Disney Dream Recipe: Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake From Animator’s Palate

As you know, I’ve been covering my experiences from the January Christening Cruise Disney Dream Dine Around for the past couple of weeks (and there’s more to come!), and I’m excited to add to the mix recipes from the Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship!

Rock Shrimp Cheesecake

Is this a dessert?

Nope! We reviewed this item in our Animator’s Palate review, and we thought it was pretty much one of the most interesting items on the ship’s menus! But at first glance, you can’t really tell if it’s a sweet or savory cheesecake!

Mickey Chairs

Where to Find It

Animator’s Palate on the new Disney Dream is one of the three “rotational dining” restaurants, so if you’re on a 3-night cruise, you’ll get to experience it!

If you are a fan of this restaurant from previous cruises on the Disney Magic and/or Wonder, then the fun enhancements only make it better (in MY opinion!). Interactive fun and animation-inspired decor make this place one of the best restaurants on the ship as far as I’m concerned. You’ll just love the Mickey chairs and the opportunity to chat with Crush, the sea turtle from Finding Nemo!

Check out the Animator’s Palate dinner menu for even more sweet and savory treats.

How to Make It

Sesame-Flavored Shrimp and Caramelized Onion Cheesecake With Asian Barbecue Sauce Recipe
Makes 1 (9-inch) cheesecake

Crust Ingredients
1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
6 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Shrimp Filling Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion
1 1/4 pounds raw shrimp, cleaned
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
28 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup liquid eggs
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded smoked Gouda
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Micro greens, for garnish

Asian Barbecue Sauce Ingredients
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced shallot
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 1/2 teaspoons Asian barbecue sauce*
1 teaspoon hot bean sauce*
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce*
1 tablespoon dry sherry
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/3 cup chicken stock

Method — For the crust:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, stirring until well blended. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake crust until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
3. Cool completely before filling.

Method — For the shrimp cheesecake filling:
1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté until caramelized. Add shrimp, and sauté until just opaque. Stir in sesame seeds. Set aside to cool.
2. Combine cream cheese, salt and pepper in large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in eggs 1 at a time; add cream, beating until well combined. Stir in smoked Gouda and chopped parsley.
3. Spoon filling into crust. Place cheesecake on a baking sheet. Bake until cake puffs and top browns, but the center wobbles just slightly when pan is shaken, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer pan to rack and cool. (Cheesecake can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)
4. Run a long, thin knife around pan sides to loosen cheesecake Carefully remove ring, and cut into 14 pieces.
5. Serve at room temperature with barbecue sauce and micro greens.

Method — For the Asian barbeque sauce:
1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine vegetable oil, shallots and garlic. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2. Add Asian barbecue sauce, hot bean sauce and hoisin sauce; cook for 3 minutes. Add sherry and cook for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sugar and stock; cook for 5 minutes. Transfer mixture to a blender and process until liquefied. Let cool.

*Asian barbeque sauce, hot bean sauce and hoisin sauce are all typical condiments used in Asian cooking. They are available at Asian-foods stores, and in many grocery stores.

Let us know if you try this recipe and what YOU think!


  1. gloria says

    Think it looks pretty good.They served rock shrimp at the Wave.Wonder if Disney has a deal on rock shrimp?Lol.

  2. says

    I got to try a bite of my table mate’s and I thought this was that “good” kind of interesting. Unfortunately (for her), she didn’t feel the same way about it!

  3. Dale says

    When do you add the shrimp/onion/sesame seed mixture, in with the filling or a the bottom of the crust before the filling?

  4. says

    Looks like an interesting recipe, and something different than what I have cooked before.

    I’m definitely going to have to try making it sometime soon, but I’m going to be unable to eat it due to the Parmesan Cheese. D:

    Thanks AJ!

  5. says

    Hmmm….I’m still trying to wrap my head around this dish (although I love all of the ingredients) BUT on a completely different note, I love those Mickey chairs!!!

  6. Alan says

    This looks like a nice dish to make for a special meal. If anyone is unsure about what the Asian bbq sauce is going to taste like – it is essentially the sauce Chinese restaurants put on spare ribs. Looks like an Oriental quiche.

  7. Jamie in Jax says

    I’ve tried this… definitely an acquired taste that I do not have! But for those of you that do, you can have mine too. :)

  8. Jamie in Jax says

    Forgot to add… we just returned from a 3 night on the Dream (an amazing ship) and Crush popped up at our table… I had on a green shirt and he said “What’s your name dude?” I said “Jamie”. He said “Hey Jimmy, nice turtle shell!” HA! Crush can call me Jimmy… no biggie! It was cool! :)

  9. says

    Just took a cruise on the Disney Dream and had this. They did not serve the sauce with it but the I thought along with the other 6 at the table who got this, that it was beyond wonderful. I hate to think about the calories in it but it was worth every single bite. I am so glad I found the recipe and will be making it soon!!! (But I promise to eat a smaller piece–the piece they served for an appetizer was huge!!

  10. barbara says

    Hi! Would you by any chance have the recipe for the crunchy walnut cake? My boyfriend loved it in our cruise, he ate like 2 a day, we kept going to AP to ask if they could give us even when we had dine in the other restaurants, lol. It’s our anniversary and I’d like to make this desert for him. I would appreciate your help :D

  11. Devion says

    MAN! I would love the recipe for the crunchy walnut cake too! I just got back 1 week ago today from the cruise and loved every minute of it! We definitely planned wrong by doing parks and then a 3-night cruise…next time it will be all cruise, as DCL was the best we’ve ever been on! If anyone can get their hands on the walnut cake from Animator’s Palate, I would be SO grateful!!!

  12. Kim says

    The eggs don’t make sense. You put 3/4 liquid eggs and then the recipe says to add eggs 1 at a time… How many eggs do I need and do they need to be prepared a certain way? THank you!

  13. Mike says

    What temperature do you bake the cheesecake at?
    Thanks, we love when they serve this on the ship.

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