If you love all things Disney (who doesn't?!), then you probably can't get enough info on everything that went into creating The Happiest Place on Earth. Disneyland recently announced that it's expanding its park menus with a range of dishes for every taste bud. Walt Disney always wanted to make food as entertaining and immersive as the attractions themselves. To get the lowdown on Disney's favorite dishes, we turned to Marcy Carriker Smothers, author of Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food, who's uncovered a few of his culinary staples.
1. Scotch Mist
This drink is basically crushed ice with scotch, as Walt's favorite drink was black and white scotch. Walt was said to be a complex man who had a simple tastes. The owners of The Quartiere Restaurant are sharing their recipe on how to make your own at home!
If you want to drink like Walt, use Black & White or Canadian Club Scotch. And if you're the sentimental type, listen to "Feed the Birds" while sipping your cocktail.
2-3 ounces of scotch
Twist of lemon peel or orange slice
A long or plastic spoon (optional)
Pack crushed ice into a glass. Pour Scotch over ice. Garnish with lemon or orange.
2. Hawaiian Ginger Dressing
Walt also loved a taste of the islands. This Hawaiian Ginger dressing comes from a restaurant in Disneyland once called the Tahitian Terrace. You'll find it's pretty easy to make! A mixture of greens and chopped romaine lettuce makes a lovely base for this salad dressing. This recipe makes just over a cup of dressing.
7 tbsp red wine vinegar
5 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp peeled and chopped ginger (fresh)
1 tbsp garlic salt
8 tbsp crushed pineapple
3 tbsp sugar
In a blender, combine vinegar, oil and fresh ginger. Blend well on high speed for 15 seconds. Add salt, pineapple and sugar. Blend another 15 seconds. Refrigerate until ready to use.
3. Potato Salad
Walt was a huge fan of Red Wagon Inn's Potato Salad. The Recipe is super easy, and perfect for the child inside all of us. This salad was a staple of the restaurant, served with sandwiches and the Paul Bunyan Cold Meat Platter.
4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes (about 6 potatoes, recommend boiling in skins)
3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp paprika
¼ bottled French dressing
Combine cubed potatoes, chopped eggs, celery, salt and paprika. Add French dressing. Chill four to six hours. Before serving, add just enough mayonnaise to moisten salad. Serve with a salad scoop.
From drinks to dinner, Walt Disney always found another way to fill our worlds with fun and flavored. And you don't have to take the trip to Disneyland or Disneyworld to be able to experience their amazing flavors right at home.
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