Epcot Food and Wine Festival Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from the Australia Booth

We’re in “WE CAN’T WAIT” mode when it comes to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and we’re already talking about it and planning for it!

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But since we can’t be there right now, it’s fun to cook up some of our favorite dishes at home! Lamb chops might not be an everyday kind of meal around your house – it certainly isn’t in the regular rotation at our house – but these Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies make a nice weekend dinner for the family.

Or maybe you’re planning a casual dinner party for friends – these would be the perfect main dish!

These aren’t too fancy or labor-intensive when it comes to grilling lamb chops – which is one of the reasons we love this recipe. It really is quick and easy, and since it’s one of the most beloved dishes at the Food and Wine Festival, we’re pretty sure it’ll be a winner at your house, too.

And the “potato crunchies” – well, that’s just a fancy name for crushed salt and vinegar potato chips! It doesn’t get easier than that!

Ready to expand your entree range in the kitchen and give your kids potato chips for dinner? Read on! ;-D

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

Mint Pesto with Feta Cheese:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
3/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 cup mint leaves, washed and dried
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Lamb Chops:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
4 Australian lamb chops
1/3 cup crushed salt and vinegar potato chips, for garnish

Instructions:

For mint pesto with feta cheese:
1. Place garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup olive oil into a blender or food processor. Blend to a paste.

2. Gradually add mint leaves and pulse until emulsified. Gradually add remaining oil.

3. Adjust seasoning with remaining salt, as needed. Refrigerate until ready to use. Mix in feta just before serving.

For lamb chops:
1. Combine olive oil, pepper, and salt in shallow dish large enough to place the lamb chops in a single layer. Coat both sides of chops with oil.

2. Grill lamb chops, uncovered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, turning once, or until desired doneness.

To serve:
1. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto on each lamb chop. Sprinkle crushed potato chips evenly over each grilled lamb chop.

2. Refrigerate remaining pesto in sealed container.

Start Your Planning Today! The DFB Guide to the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival e-Book is now available for Pre-Order!

DFB Guide to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival sample pages

 

Want even more great tips? This 240+-page guide to the Festival offers insider tips and advice as well as all of the details you need to know to plan your best Festival visit ever. Order your 2016 edition today and get the 2015 edition for FREE, immediately!

Your purchase includes several bonus items as well — including a full daily schedule of events at the Festival and a printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist to carry with you as you Eat around the World!

Use code Chefs at check-out for a $3 discount!

Be sure to check our main Epcot Food and Wine Festival Page frequently for updates, and also check out Epcot Food and Wine Festival 101 for even more information about the festival!

Happy cooking!

Will you be grilling lamb chops for your next family dinner? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!

2015 Food and Wine Festival Booth Preview: Australia and Ireland Booths

The start of the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is so close!

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As we count down the days, the excitement for the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival is building! This year marks the 20th anniversary for the festival and we can’t wait to experience the Culinary Demonstrations, Beverage and Mixology Seminars, and the festival’s Special Events!

We also can’t wait to wine and dine our way through the Marketplace booths!

Today we’re going to take a look at two festival favorites – the Australia Marketplace booth and the Ireland Marketplace booth.

Australia Marketplace Booth

Australia has been part of the Epcot Food and Wine Festival since 1997 and each year they’re serving great dishes from the land down under!

This year we’re excited to see that yummo Lamington cake return to the menu.

2015 Australia Marketplace Booth Menu

  • Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions and Snap Peas
  • Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies
  • Lamington Yellow Cake Dipped in Chocolate and Shredded Coconut
  • Coopers Brewery Extra Strong Vintage Ale
  • Chateau Tanuda Grand Barossa Dry Reisling
  • Bulletin Place Unoaked Chardonnay
  • Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz
Australia Booth

Australia Booth

New for this year is the Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Peppers, Onions, and Snap Peas.

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Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 13, 2015

It’s the middle of September already! Do you know what that means? It means we’re THISCLOSE to the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!

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Enjoy a new dessert party this year!

It’s been a week full of exciting news, including the addition of a new dessert cruise on the Magic Kingdom ferry and two new food events for the last season of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!

We have a lot to share, so let’s jump right in…

Disney Food News

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News: Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat Concerts Eligible for FastPass+ Selection

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If you’re hoping to catch one of your favorite acts at the Eat to the Beat Concert Series during the 2015 Epcot Food and Wine Festival — but don’t so much care for the waiting in line part — then we have some good news for you!

Of course, Eat to the Beat Dining Packages are certainly an option (operating in the same fashion as the Candlelight Processional Dining Packages during the holidays). But perhaps you do NOT plan to eat a full meal at a Table Service Restaurant during the Festival, preferring to eat your way around World Showcase throughout the day among the Festival Marketplace Booths.

Well, guess what! You can now select a FastPass+ for your preferred date and concert time for your Food and Wine Festival day at Epcot!

So, how do you begin?

Just login to the My Disney Experience portion of the Disney World website (which is what I did for the screenshots below), or use the My Disney Experience app and begin the FastPass+ selection process.

My Disney Experience

My Disney Experience

You’ll notice that an Eat to the Beat Concert is eligible as a Tier 1 attraction for Epcot. [Read more…]

News! Tickets Now on Sale for Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin’s Food and Wine Classic

Back by popular demand, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin will once again be hosting its popular Food and Wine Classic!

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Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, as the Classic celebrates its sixth year! Once again in 2015, the Food and Wine Classic will take place during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival — offering you two wonderful ways to enjoy the food of Disney!

There’s so much to enjoy at this event. Let’s take a closer look at all it has to offer.

The Causeway

Stroll the beautiful Causeway connecting the Swan and Dolphin as you enjoy tapas-sized plates from the resort’s restaurants.

The Causeway at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

The Causeway at the Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to sample wine and beer from all around the world. The menu is diverse, celebrating the wide array of food that the Swan and Dolphin has to offer.

Shula's Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes

Shula’s Prime Rib with Mashed Potatoes

We can’t wait to see what spots like Todd English’s bluezoo and Shula’s Steak House offer in 2015!

And there are always a few fun surprises, like Chef Cib’s Smokehouse. Live music plays as evening falls, so bring your dancing shoes. :-)

Food and Beverage Seminars

The 6th Annual Food and Wine Classic will also play host to several Seminars. Choose from [Read more…]