Chop Suey – A Lady and the Tramp Recipe

Chop Suey - A Lady and the Tramp Recipe

When most people think of Lady and the Tramp, they think of the iconic scene with the spaghetti and meatballs. While I love spaghetti and meatballs, I don’t feel like it’s an interesting enough recipe to warrant its own blog post. So, in seeking to do a recipe based off of Lady and the Tramp, I went a little more obscure.

When Darling is pregnant, there’s a scene where she asks Jim Dear to go out and get her some foods she’s been craving in the middle of the night. One of those foods is chop suey. I love this detail, because it is so authentic to the time period. Chop suey was one of the first American Chinese food dishes, and it was immensely popular in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Chop suey is a simple dish, and it can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables, so feel free to switch up this recipe according to your tastes.

 

Chop Suey Recipe - Lady and the Tramp

Chop Suey – A Disney Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • olive oil
  • 3 cups of chopped vegetables, such as:
    • broccoli
    • carrots
    • onions
    • bell peppers
    • baby corn
    • cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. chicken broth

Directions

  1. Cook the chicken pieces in the olive oil on medium-high heat, turning until they are just cooked on each side.
  2. Add the vegetables to the pan with the chicken, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and chicken broth.
  4. Add the sauce mixture to the chicken and veggies in the pan, stirring well.
  5. Coook for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve this yummy dish over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

 

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Cinnamon Hot Cocoa – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa - A Once Upon A Time Recipe

I’m back with another recipe from Once Upon A Time! Cinnamon hot cocoa is a food item that is referenced multiple times throughout the series. Cinnamon in hot cocoa…it’s a quirk of the “Charming” family. Cinnamon is probably my favorite spice, and combining it with chocolate is heavenly.

Yes, I am well aware that it is May…almost summertime. Cocoa is typically a wintertime beverage, but when you live in Florida like I do and it’s hot all year round, you just crank up the A/C and drink hot cocoa whenever you feel like it. 🙂

Cinnamon Hot Cocoa – A Once Upon A Time Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar
  • whipped cream

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except for the whipped cream, into a pot on the stove or into a hot cocoa machine. You can also use the “soup” setting on one of those fancy expensive blenders 🙂
  2. Heat the contents thoroughly, stirring constantly. A hot cocoa machine or blender on “soup” setting will stir for you as it heats, which saves you a lot of work!
  3. Pour the cocoa into a mug and top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.

Drink this cocoa on your own, or double the recipe to share as you bond with family or make new friends. It’s warm and comforting in every way possible.

 

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Apple Dumplings Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Apple Dumpling Recipe - Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang

I’m generally not a huge fan of the Disney movies that were made in the 1970s, but The Apple Dumpling Gang is a definite exception. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I was fascinated with frontier and pioneer life as a child, and The Apple Dumpling Gang fed that fascination nicely. This movie is exciting, endearing, and funny (mostly thanks to the ever hilarious Don Knotts). Even as an adult, I enjoy rewatching this movie. Just as charming as ever!

In the movie, Celia says that their new adoptive dad, Mr. Donavan, will allow them to eat all the apple dumplings they want. Sounds good to me! Apple dumplings are super easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.

Apple Dumpling Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, peeled and cored
  • pie crust, cut into 6-inch squares
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar

Directions

  1. Place each of the apples onto a square of pie crust.
  2. Stuff the hollow center of each apple with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp. butter.
  3. Wrap the pie crust around the apple, pinching it closed on top.
  4. Place the wrapped apples into a deep baking dish.
  5. Place the water, white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. butter into a pot.
  6. Heat the sugar/water mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble, stirring constantly.
  7. Pour the sugar syrup over the apple dumplings. This will form a sweet, sticky sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F fro 45 minutes, or until the dumplings turn a golden brown color.

Serve the dumplings warm, and spoon some of the sauce on top of each serving. These are also great served with ice cream.

 

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Smiley Breakfast Porridge – Disney’s Mulan Recipe

“Got breakfast for you! Look, you get porridge! And it’s happy to see you!”

-Mushu, Disney’s Mulan

Smiley Breakfast Porridge - Disney's Mulan Recipe

In Disney’s Mulan, there’s a cute scene where Mushu wakes up Mulan for her first day of training. He’s made porridge for her, and he even arranged the bacon and eggs to form a smiley face. Cute!

While researching Chinese rice porridge, I came across several recipes for what’s called congee. It’s a savory porridge made of rice that has been boiled in a lot of water until it is soft and mushy. It was really simple to make. I’ll show you how!

Smiley Breakfast Porridge – Disney’s Mulan Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of bacon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Mix together the rice and water in a pot on the stove. I know this may seem like way too much water, but this porridge is supposed to be mushy.
  2. Bring the water and rice mixture to simmering, and simmer it for about 1 1/2 hours, or until it reaches the desired consistency. Make sure the rice doesn’t boil.
  3. In a separate pan, fry two eggs and one piece of bacon. Fold the bacon over into a smiley shape as it cooks.
  4. Transfer the porridge to a bowl, and place the eggs and bacon on top of it in the form of a smiley face.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the eggs and porridge as desired.

This recipe is super simple, but it makes sure that your morning is a happy one!

 

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Kronk’s Spinach Puffs – Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove

They’re so easy to make. I’ll get you the recipe.

-Kronk, The Emperor’s New Groove

Kronk's Spinach Puff Recipe - Disney's The Emperor's New Groove

The Emperor’s New Groove is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time. I love anything that can make me laugh out loud, and since I have a weirdly specific sense of humor, it is actually quite rare that a movie or show makes me laugh out loud…and this movie does just that, no matter how many times I watch it!

Kronk is easily the best part of this movie. He is so funny, and I love his passion for cooking. In light of that, I knew that I had to recreate Kronk’s spinach puffs. I adapted this recipe, and I think it’s one that Kronk would approve!

Kronk’s Spinach Puffs – The Emperor’s New Groove

Ingredients

  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

Directions

  1. Beat one of the eggs in a medium bowl.
  2. Add to the egg the spinach, feta, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  3. Cut the puff pastry sheet into 9 equal squares.
  4. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray, and place the puff pastry squares into the individual cups of the muffin tin.
  5. Fill the puff pastry squares with about 2 or 3 Tbsp. of spinach filling, and pinch the corners closed on top.
  6. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl, and brush the egg over the tops of the spinach puffs.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes.

These spinach puffs are great as a side item or appetizer, and I love that they’re pretty customizable, too. You can add bacon, chickpeas, or whatever else you want to the filling. Kronk was right, these are very easy to make!

 

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Cheese Souffle Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Before I cooked up this cheese souffle recipe for the Beauty and the Beast menu, I had never cooked a souffle before. Even more than that, I had never even eaten a souffle before. I’m not sure how that happened, but here we are.

Whip up this cheese souffle recipe inspired by “Be Our Guest”

I was really intimidated by souffles before this, because you always hear stories about how they “fall” or fail. And, I won’t lie, this souffle is not very easy to make, but if you concentrate and follow the steps exactly, you should be just fine.

In looking for a cheese souffle recipe to emulate, I decided on this recipe by Alton Brown. Alton Brown is very good at explaining things, and he always offers little tips to help his recipes come out perfect. because of this, I knew that it wold be best for my first cheese souffle to follow his recipe.

Cheese Souffle Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Ingredients

  • Butter, softened, for greasing the pan
  • 2 Tbsp. ground parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk, hot
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
  • 5 egg whites, plus 1 Tbsp. water
  • 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease a souffle dish with the softened butter, and coat the buttered edges in the parmesan cheese. Place the pan in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
  3. Melt the remaining 3 Tbsp. butter in a small saucepan.
  4. Add the flour, mustard, garlic powder, and salt to the butter and mix well.
  5. Cook the flour/butter mixture over medium heat for about 1 minute. Make sure it doesn’t burn.
  6. Heat the milk in the microwave, and whisk it into the saucepan.
  7. Cook the milk mixture until it boils, then remove it from the heat.
  8. Beat the egg yolks together, and slowly whisk them into the hot milk mixture.
  9. Add the cheddar cheese.
  10. In a separate bowl (I used my electric mixer for this), beat together the egg whites, water, and cream of tartar until the mixture is firm and glossy.
  11. Carefully fold the egg white mixture into the cheese mixture.
  12. Remove the souffle pan from the freezer, and pour the souffle batter into the pan.
  13. Bake for 35 minutes.

This cheese souffle recipe takes a lot of concentration, but the end result is worth it. Not only is it tasty, but you then get bragging rights when you’ve made the perfect souffle!

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Beef Ragout Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

In the “Be Our Guest” song in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, beef ragout (also spelled beef ragu sometimes) is one of the few main dishes mentioned, so I knew I had to come up with a beef ragout recipe to round out the Be Our Guest menu.

beef ragout recipe

Be Our Guest with this beef ragout recipe!

I found a lot of different recipes for inspiration, and they were all a bit different, but the one thing they all had in common was beef and tomatoes. So, I decided to come up with my own beef ragout recipe. I made it in my slow cooker, so it was nice and easy.

Beef Ragout Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a pan, and drain off the excess grease.
  2. Peel and dice the potato, carrot, and onion.
  3. Add the ground beef and vegetables into the slow cooker.
  4. Pour the diced tomatoes and marinara sauce over the meat and vegetables.
  5. Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and beef broth.
  6. Cook on high for 2-4 hours, or until the vegetables are soft and the juice is bubbly.

Once you complete this beef ragout recipe, you can serve it over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. It is hearty and filling, and it warms you to the bone.

 

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The Grey Stuff Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!”

-Lumiere, Be Our Guest-

Yes, indeed it is, Lumiere. When I was looking for a grey stuff recipe for the Be Our Guest menu, I found tons of blogs and websites that featured a cookies and cream pudding recipe based on “the grey stuff” served at the Be Our Guest restaurant at Walt Disney World. I’m not sure who was the first to post this recipe, so I went with the earliest blog post I could find, which came from The Disney Diner.

The Grey Stuff really is delicious!

I was excited to find an appetizing grey stuff recipe, since I’m pretty sure the grey stuff in the movie was supposed to be something savory like pâtĂ©, which sounds gross. Yep, pudding is much more appetizing. So here’s the yummy recipe!

The Grey Stuff Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4-ounce packet of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 15 regular Oreos
  • 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 3 Tbsp. instant chocolate pudding mix

Directions

  1. Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and the milk, and allow it to set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  2. Crush the Oreos into a fine powder using a food processor, and mix the Oreo crumbs into the vanilla pudding.
  3. Gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  4. Add the chocolate pudding mix and stir together.
  5. Allow the mixture to set in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Place the pudding into a large plastic bag, and snip off one of the corners.
  7. Use the bag to pipe the pudding onto a plate in a swirled formation. Use images from the scene in the movie to guide you!

Not only is this grey stuff recipe super easy, but it is oh so yummy, too. Lumiere was not lying!

 

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Be Our Guest Menu – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

“If you’re stressed, it’s fine dining we suggest.”

-Be Our Guest-

In Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the song “Be Our Guest” is one of the most epic parts of the movie. I decided to try to recreate a portion of the Be Our Guest menu featured in the song. I made beef ragout, cheese souffle, and The Grey Stuff. I decided not to recreate the entire menu, because I wanted to focus on certain dishes, but the entire menu is listed below.

“Tie your napkin ’round your neck, chĂ©rie, and we provide the rest.”

Be Our Guest Menu – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

  • Soup du Jour
  • Hot Hors d’oeuvre
    • I think any hors d’oeuvre would work. If you watch the “Be Our Guest” scene from Beauty and the Beast, you can study the platter of hors d’oeuvre to see what kinds of things Lumiere serves.
  • The Grey Stuff
    • While I’m pretty sure that this is pâtĂ© in the movie, the “Grey Stuff” at the Be Our Guest restaurant at Walt Disney World is a cookies and cream dessert. The latter sounded much more appetizing, so that’s what I made for this menu.
  • Beef Ragout
    • There are lots of different versions of this dish, but the two consistent ingredients are beef and tomatoes.
  • Cheese Souffle
    • This recipe takes quite a bit of work and concentration, but it’s so worth it!
  • Pie
    • The song doesn’t specify what kind of pie is served, but it looks like a blueberry pie to me.
  • Pudding en Flambe
    • Again, the song doesn’t specify what kind of pudding it is, but the only recipes I could find for pudding en flambe were Christmas plum pudding recipes.

The food items listed here are just the ones that are verbally mentioned in the lyrics of the song. However, there are several more food items that appear visually in the movie during this scene. For instance, at one point, Cogsworth gets his head stuck in a green Jell-o mold. So, if you want to be really thorough, watch this scene in Beauty and the Beast (or watch the whole movie!) and take note of all the foods featured. You may have to pause the movie a couple of times, since the food moves by so fast.

I had great fun coming up with this Be Our Guest menu! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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