February may be well over, but you can celebrate Mardi Gras any time of year thanks to this week’s #OnTheList item: Beignets at Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter!
But over in Disney World, there’s only one place to grab them: Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory, the Counter Service restaurant in Port Orleans Resort — French Quarter.
Okay, technically sometimes you can find a beignet at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in Epcot. But even when they are available, they’re quite different from what you’ll encounter at Port Orleans where the beignets are custom-made to match their New Orleans-themed setting.
Yep, inspired exactly by the gems in NoLa, the Port Orleans beignets are soft, fluffy pillows of fried dough.
Hot out of the fryer, they promptly receive much more than a mere dusting of powdered sugar.
(Try as you might, it’s pretty much impossible not to get sugar all over your table. Not to mention your shirt… and basically your entire face. I just call it part of the experience and embrace it!)
The puffy shape of the beignets is quite impressive because inside, they’re mostly hollow, making the sugar-to-fried-dough ratio very high. Nice.
And since they’re so light, you’re going to want to keep the whole batch (you can choose 3 or 6) to yourself.
And — news flash!! — to make these sweet snacks even more delicious, Sassagoula is now offering Beignet Dipping Sauces!
You have 3 different options: Caramel, Raspberry or Chicory Ganache. They cost $1.99 each and are snack credit eligible as well!
The dipping sauces come in small, coved plastic cups to make it easy to transport along with your beignets.
The caramel is slightly transparent and not too thick. It is super sweet and tastes exactly like melted caramel. I would also love to try this one with other sweets from the pastry case! (Especially chocolate ones!)
The raspberry dipping sauce is the same consistency as the caramel, slightly transparent and not overly thick. It is very flavorful and that perfect combo of sweet and tart. This sweet item will also be perfect for fruit lovers!
And the final dipping sauce for your beignets is chicory ganache. Just reading the name I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this one…
Chicory is very popular in New Orleans and has a very bitter and nutty flavoring. It’s often combined with coffee in the au lait style. The best way I can describe it is like eating cocoa powder. The ganache consistency makes it thicker than the others. I love that they included this unique-to-the-resort dipping sauce, but note that the flavoring is a bit bitter. It’s perfect for the coffee-lovers out there.
All three are definitely a great option and addition to make our #OnTheList favorite even more fun and delicious than they already were!
So make your way over to the French Quarter, and enjoy a slice — or batch — of life in the Big Easy!
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