Recipe: Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad from Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We have a recipe for the perfect, cool-you-down side dish from one of Disney’s newest dining spots.

"It Is Hot Today"

“It Is Hot Today”

Harambe Market, the new counter service food court-style walk up eatery at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, features a variety of hearty main dishes and interesting sides. The focus is on the traditional, complex use of herbs and spices in African cuisine.

Harambe Market

Harambe Market

If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary to take to a summer picnic, this fresh salad of Chickpeas, Cucumber, and Tomato comes together in a snap and requires only minutes of cooking. At Harambe Market, the salad is served with the Dreamy Spice-rubbed Karubi Ribs, but it would be pair nicely with any meat. Or it would make a hearty, vegetarian entree on its own.

Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Be prepared to hunt down a few exotic ingredients, and give it time to marinate so that the flavors mix and deepen.

Chickpea, Cucumber, and Tomato Salad

Harambe Marketplace at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Serves 8 as a side dish or appetizer

Ingredients: [Read more…]

Disneyland Recipe: Matterhorn Macaroons

Today, we are heading back to Disneyland for some inspiration in the kitchen!

I recently stumbled upon this brilliant recipe by Rumbly Tumbly. While my attention perked up as soon as I saw a recipe for one of my favorite Disneyland Treats, the Matterhorn Macaroon, I was even more excited to see that one of my DFB posts had inspired the author to try her hand at recreating the treats in the first place!

Disneyland's Matterhorn Macaroon

Disneyland’s Matterhorn Macaroon

Shannon’s version looks so much like the original and sounds so chewy, moist and delicious. I’m definitely inspired to try my own hand at these giant treats!

Matterhorn Macaroons

Inspired by the Original Treat at Disneyland
Makes 12 Macaroons

1 cup room temperature butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut – see note below for how to prepare coconut
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Wilton Bright White Candy melts
decorators sugar for sprinkling

Instructions: [Read more…]

Where can I find THAT Chocolate Dessert at Walt Disney World?!

Food pictures can be SOOO enticing! Here at the Disney Food Blog, we totally get that. We’ve been getting lots of questions about a chocolate dessert featured on the Walt Disney World site. Today, I want to share the recipe AND where you can find it on your next trip.

Chocolate Espresso Torte

Have you seen this picture while browsing through the Disney World site?

Chocolate Espresso Torte in Disney World

Chocolate Espresso Torte in Disney World

If so, you may have wondered where you can find it. The chocolate espresso torte is served at the Turf Club restaurant at Saratoga Springs Resort!

Since this location serves dinner only, you’ll want to plan your Advance Dining Reservation accordingly. And note that the dessert menu can change at any time!

Speaking of, if you’re not able to get it at Turf Club when you visit, you can always make it at home!


Here’s Disney’s Turf Club Chocolate Espresso Torte, courtesy of [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Soft Pretzels from Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

Ready for another fun project? Haha! I thought you might be!

Who doesn’t catch themselves daydreaming about their favorite Disney snacks? And one salty treat that you write to me about over and over are those amazing Soft Pretzels that you can get in the Germany Pavilion in Epcot!

Hand-Twisted Pretzel in Epcot's Germany

Hand-Twisted Pretzel in Epcot’s Germany

These are the real deal — warm, salty, chewy, and perfect with a little mustard and a lot of beer!

Well, if you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making them at home, now’s your chance!

I have a feeling that I know what I’ll be doing this weekend…

Authentic German Soft Pretzels

Epcot’s Germany Pavilion

Yield: 10 pretzels
Ingredients: [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Cheesy Enchilada Soup from Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery

We’ve got the recipe for this fancy Cheesy Enchilada Soup at Jolly Holiday Bakery and had to share it with you guys!

The flavorful soup is full of veggies, but the creamy base is hearty and will definitely satisfy! Add some crusty bread and a salad, and you’re all set with a delicious meal.

Cheesy Enchilada Soup is a Seasonal Favorite at Disneyland's Jolly Holiday Bakery

Cheesy Enchilada Soup is a Seasonal Favorite at Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery

If you can’t wait to get going on this one, here’s the recipe!

Cheesy Enchilada Soup

Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients: [Read more…]

Disney Recipe from the Vault: ‘Ohana’s Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

I have been known to post an ode or two to extinct Disney foods. And one of my most missed dishes are the Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes that used to be a fixture at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

These potatoes — in all of their creamy, cheesy goodness — are no longer served at ‘Ohana. In their place, you’ll find a perfectly, well…fine…bowl of Lo Mein, noodle-y tangle.

Fine. But they’re no cheesy potatoes.

So imagine how the skies opened and the heavens sang when I recently ran across this recipe for the potatoes that we all knew and loved!

RIP Scalloped Potatoes (photo courtesy Brett Young)

Now, I don’t see any shortening here, but everything else looks pretty fantastic. So I’m going out on a limb and am planning to give them a try.

You should, too.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Strawberry Twists from Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland

I’m missing Disneyland, and all the fabulous food that you can get there today. But I’m also seriously craving a treat to go with my tea, so I think it’s high time to discuss one of the newer pastries that you can get in the Happiest Place on Earth.

I’m talkin’ Twists. You can get them at Maurice’s Treats in Fantasy Faire, the newly opened Disney Princess headquarters in the park.

Maurice's Treats in Disneyland

Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland

And while they come in different varieties — both savory and sweet — we’re going for Strawberry Twists today. Perfectly tender puff pastry, layered and twisted with homemade strawberry jam.

Strawberry Twists from Maurice's Treats in Disneyland

Strawberry Twists from Maurice’s Treats in Disneyland

Strawberry Twists

Makes 6

1 cup sliced fresh strawberries [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Gratin de Macaroni from Les Chefs de France in Epcot

Macaroni and Cheese — that glorious food that is both side dish and main dish.

But one of my favorite grown up versions is the baked Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France in Epcot’s France Pavilion.

The dish is so well loved that it’s even made its way onto the menu over the years for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival in the France Marketplace Booth. Will it make the cut for the 2014 Food and Wine Festival? Only time will tell!

But for the mac and cheese lover, this dish has everything! Sharp, tangy Gruyère cheese, golden crust, and it’s plenty big enough to share — if you want to! (Confession: Usually I don’t want to.)

But what are you to do if your next advance dining reservation for this wonderful spot is months off, and you’re craving some of this awesomeness, like, yesterday???

Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France

Gratin de Macaroni at Les Chefs de France

Why, make it at home, of course! Because with this recipe, the cheesy power is in your hands.

Gratin de Macaroni

Les Chefs de France

Ingredients: [Read more…]

DIY Disney Recipe: Shrimp Tacos from the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Shrimp Tacos are on the menu today! Our guest chef Carol provides in-depth instructions to a dish featured at the Mexico Marketplace during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.

DIY Disney Recipe -- Crispy Shrimp Tacos

I don’t know about you, but the Epcot Food and Wine Festival season is my absolute favorite time of year to visit the parks at Walt Disney World. The weather starts cooling off just a bit (for us Floridians, 80s is definitely cooler)! Walking around the World Showcase sampling amazing food from many different countries is a great way to welcome Fall! If you’ve never been to the festival or are planning a visit, check out the end of this recipe to learn more about the festival along with a few helpful tips to maximize your journey!

I have to say, there are way too many great dishes to actually pick a favorite, but I can tell you that we LOVE the marketplace at Mexico. You HAVE to try the mango habanero margarita while visiting. It’s one of my favorite festival drinks of all time and is probably the most unique pairing of flavors in a drink that I’ve ever had. It pairs so well with the tacos from this marketplace, which by the way are amazing! They taste so fresh, and with a rib eye taco and a tempura shrimp taco to try, you learn quickly that this is definitely a gourmet food-lovers paradise!

Mexico Marketplace

Mexico Marketplace

I am excited that the festival sells a cookbook each year. It’s filled with classic festival recipes and updated each year with a few new ones, too! It’s a great way to keep the festival going year round in our house by making fun dishes that we tried on our journey around Epcot’s World Showcase. Luckily, the shrimp taco recipe is in my new 2013 festival cookbook!

Festival Cook Book

Festival Cookbook

I’ve already made this dish twice since visiting last year. Hopefully these tacos will get your family excited about visiting the festival or bring back great memories of your last trip to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. These fun little tacos are very easy to make, so let’s get started!

Mexico Booth: Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla

Mexico Booth: Crispy Shrimp Taco with Chipotle Lime Mayo and Cabbage Served on a Flour Tortilla


Makes 10 (6-inch) tacos.



Chipotle Mayo:

Chipotle Mayo

Chipotle Mayo

-2/3 cups mayonnaise
-7.5 ounce can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Shrimp Tempura:

Shrimp Tempura Ingredients

Shrimp Tempura Ingredients

-1 egg white
-¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-2 tablespoons cornstarch
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
-1/2 teaspoon paprika
-1/4 teaspoon baking powder
-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/8 teaspoon baking powder baking soda
-1/2 cup water
-1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined, with tails removed
(approximately 30-35 shrimp)

Shrimp Tacos:



-10 (6-inch) flour tortillas
-3 cups shredded red cabbage
-3/4 cup favorite salsa verde (green salsa)

-Vegetable Oil for Frying


Making Chipotle Mayonnaise:

Step 1: Puree chipotle peppers with adobo sauce in a food processor

Puree Chipotle Peppers

Puree Chipotle Peppers

Step 2: Mix mayo and pureed chipotle peppers in a medium bowl until smooth

Mix mayo with pureed peppers

Mix mayo with pureed peppers

Step 3: Cover and refrigerate

Mayo and Pepper Mixture

Mayo and Pepper Mixture

Making Tempura Shrimp:

Step 1: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil to 375 degrees Fahrenheit in a deep fryer or pan that can withstand heat

Heat Vegetable Oil

Heat Vegetable Oil

Step 2: Beat egg white in a small bowl until frothy and light. Do not overbeat. Set aside.

Separate Egg White

Separate Egg White

Beat Egg White

Beat Egg White

Step 3: In a large bowl, combine flour.

Combine Flour

Combine Flour

Add cornstarch.

Add Corn Starch

Add Corn Starch

Add salt, parsley, paprika, baking powder, garlic powder, baking soda, water, and egg white.

Mix until smooth.



Step 4: Add shrimp and toss until fully covered with batter. Drop 6-8 battered shrimp at a time in hot oil. Do not overcrowd. Fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove fried shrimp [Read more…]

Disney Recipe: Triple Yeti Blast from Upcountry Beverages at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Well…you COULD just put green food coloring in a beer today… .

Or you could make THIS!!!!!!!!!!! The Triple Yeti Blast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom from Upcountry Beverages in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Triple Yeti Blast from Upcountry Beverages at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Triple Yeti Blast from Upcountry Beverages at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Is it St. Patrick’s-Day-y at all. No. Does it matter? Not at all!

Create three different margarita flavors — Mango, Lime, and Strawberry — and layer them into a tall glass for a beautiful, refreshing treat with a terrific WOW factor!

Note that this recipe requires two different fruit purees. You may be able to find these in a liquor store, but if not, you can always just blend or mash up fresh fruit! :-)


Upcountry Beverages, Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Ingredients: [Read more…]