What’s Cooking: Delightful Dishes From Resorts at Walt Disney World
The resorts of Walt Disney World are a foodie’s dream with plenty of tasty updates for you to indulge in. From mouthwatering sweets to can’t miss sips, and everything in between, the culinary teams and mixologists from these resorts have brought their A-game.
Let’s kick things off at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where Enchanted Rose has some new editions. This Beauty and the Beast-inspired lounge is expanding its menu with some elegant yet whimsical offerings, including a charcuterie board, artisanal cheese selection, and hummus with tapenade, smoked paprika, and grilled pita bread. There are some stand-outs among these offerings. The Smoked Trout and Crab Dip features salmon roe, chive oil, and sesame seed lavosh combined into a beautiful and tasty dish.
If you like caviar or have always wanted to try it, this version includes Siberian caviar, an egg yolk spread, crème fraiche, caper berries and brioche. Lastly, the Seasonal Flatbread is deliciously topped with artichoke, fig, ricotta, roasted garlic, and watercress. Just look at how good these dishes look!
You can take a little trip down south to New Orleans through their tastebuds at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside. Here you'll find Boatwright’s Dining Hall and starting today you'll get a taste of a refreshing expansion that incorporates more authentic Cajun and Southern flavors to the menu. There are plenty of new eats so get ready.
For an entrée, the Lowcountry Seafood Boil is a classic filled with shrimp, mussels, and Andouille sausage with corn on the cob and potatoes simmered in a spicy Cajun brother. It’s served with a tasty, toasted baguette to finish it off. The slow-roasted Blackened Prime Rib is perfectly topped with Cajun butter and served with classic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Be sure to order the Taste of the Bayou, the chef’s all-you-care-to-enjoy platter with hickory-smoked pork ribs, crispy Cajun chicken, smoked sausage, barbecued beef brisket, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, roasted corn with Cajun butter, and seasonal vegetables!
For those who want a plant-based offering, try the Harvest Red Beans and Rice. This dish features red beans simmered with plant-based sausage, peppers, onions, and celery served over rice along with cornbread – yum!
No meal is complete without dessert and this new menu is not to be missed. You can choose between the Southern Cheesecake, a classic vanilla cheesecake with a bourbon-caramel sauce garnished with pecan-praline brittle, the plant-based Peach-Blackberry Cobbler, a classic peach and blackberry cobbler topped with blackberry sorbet, or the Mississippi Mud Crème Brûlée, a milk chocolate crème brûlée with a sablé breton cookie and fresh fruit.
For the little ones, the dessert menu is a boatload of fun with the Row Row Oar Your Boat Sundae and Cookies and Milk featuring two house-made chocolate chip cookies.
Rounding out all of these new offerings is a new cocktail – the Big Easy Whisky Sour. This adult beverage combines Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon juice, and pure cane sugar with a float of Fess Parker Big Easy Red Blend
This resort is also home to the River Roost Lounge. Beginning today, they will be offering a new plant-based dish and a signature libation. The Spinach and Artichoke Dip will be a new plant-based favorite with a creamy dip served with Cajun-dusted cornbread crostini. The French 75, for those over 21, is fizzy delight made up of Argyle Sparkling Brut, Hendricks Gin, fresh lemon juice, and pure cane sugar.
Just a quick trip over to Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, starting today Scat Cat’s Club – Loungewill be introducing a plant-based offering that’s sure to jazz with diners of all diets! The Sassy Sassagoula Slidersdon’t just look delicious but taste delicious too. This trio features BBQ jack fruit with slaw and fried pickles, fried green tomatoes with giardiniera and pepper jelly, and lastly a ‘fish’ cake with spicy rémoulade and arugula.
Today also has some new and delicious happenings going on at Disney’s Riviera Resort. The menu is expanding with flavors of the Riviera from French and Italian influences at Bar Riva. The new Burrata Salad is perfect for those cheese lovers, with heirloom tomatoes, fresh pesto, and focaccia bread. If you’re feeling a fish dish, the Salmon with Orzo is the one for you. This plate serves up a perfectly seared salmon with Pomodroccio tapenade and lemon orzo. The Mushroom Arancini will leave you wanting more with risotto, mushroom, cheese, and truffle – yes, truffle – served with a house-made marinara!
You can give your meal the proper finish with a dessert that you won’t be able to get enough of. The Molten Chocolate Cake is a new edition that they'll be thankful they tried. This Warm chocolate cake with a molten center is topped with a raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries – delicious.
Lastly, the Riviera also has a new signature sweet the Rivera bakery team has been hard at work developing. The Riviera Signature Cookie masterfully bakes together semi-sweet chocolate chips, ground oats, California walnuts, toasted pistachios, dried cherries, and flake sea salt – yes, yes, and yes! You can pick up this soon-to-be classic from Primo Piatto.
At Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, the Belle Vue Lounge is enhancing its offerings with signature cocktails and zero proofs. The Orange Blossom Manhattan makes its debut at the resort. A holiday fan favorite, this beverage fits nicely within the year-round ambiance of Belle Vue Lounge. If light and refreshing is what a you need, have them stop by to enjoy the Sparkling Hibiscus featuring Sorel Hibiscus Liqueur and sparkling grapefruit. You of all ages will be able to enjoy the Agave Garden, a zero-proof offering that features Lyre’s Agave Reserve and passionfruit green tea.
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