6. Zebra Domes (Boma, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)
Zebra Domes are frequently cited as one of guests’ favorite desserts in all of Walt Disney World. Along with Ohana’s Bread Pudding, they were also one of the recipes home chefs mentioned they would love to be able to make at home.
For those unfamiliar, Zebra Domes are a popular dessert that pops up at both Boma and Tusker House (which share several menu items). These unique little dessert cakes pack a punch for layered flavor and include notes of chocolate, espresso, and Amarula cream liqueur.
Recipes of Disney managed to get a recipe directly from a Disney chef, which they detailed and modified for home cooks to try. Some specialized equipment and baking finesse is definitely required, so take it slow if you aren’t familiar with advanced baking and pastry decoration. While it may take a few tries (send us your #nailedit pictures!), in the end you’ll be able to enjoy as many perfect little Zebra Domes as you like!
7. Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Africa, Epcot Food and Wine Festival)
If there’s any element from Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival I’ve been missing, it’s the Africa booth. Disney has developed an admirable panache for sharing African recipes with guests, and this booth consistently ranks as one of the best in the festival every year.
While the Berbere Beef usually gets all the attention, another hit is their Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew with quinoa. The dish proved so popular that it made it into the official Food and Wine Festival cookbook—a good thing since it didn’t return on the 2019 menu. Fortunately, the Disney Parks Blog made the recipe available online! This dish packs wallop of zesty flavors and isn’t too difficult to make either. If you enjoy Disney’s other African offers, you’ll definitely want to try this one!
8. Grapefruit Cake (Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
Sweets get all the love. To round out the most popular suggestions Disneyphile home cooks asked for, we need look no further than the Hollywood Brown Derby.
The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an interesting restaurant in that many of it’s most popular recipes were directly carried over from the actual Brown Derby restaurant in California. The restaurant’s famous grapefruit cake is the perfect dessert both for California and Florida, a light, refreshing sponge cake full of citrus flavor.
The Disney Food Blog shared an official recipe directly from the original restaurant. For an extended version, check out this recipe from the Disney Weddings website. As with the Zebra Domes, expect to take some extra time on this one.
Speaking of the Hollywood Brown Derby, there’s another dish that restaurant is kind of famous for…
9. Cobb Salad (Hollywood Brown Derby, Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
The Hollywood Brown Derby invented the Cobb Salad—the original one, that is.
Disney has been sharing the Brown Derby’s Cobb Salad with guests for so long that when I was a kid, I was convinced the Cobb Salad was actually invented at Walt Disney World. The Brown Derby’s Cobb Salad is the ultimate full-meal salad. There definitely is some careful prep involved to replicate that rainbow of flavors, but the results are well worth it if you’re a fan. The Disney Food Blog did a great job breaking down the recipe step by step, including offering pictures to help you arrange it just right.
10. Ronto Wraps (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
Missing Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge? This writer sure is.
The 2020 Disney shutdown came at a pretty painful time for Star Wars fans—Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance had barely been open three months as one of Disney’s most insane attraction launches ever. Many fans were waiting for crowds to die down to finally visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World, and the extended lockdown has definitely left some fans of that galaxy far, far away pining for the next opportunity to head to the Black Spire Outpost for some blue milk, smuggling runs, and a mysterious drink at Oga’s.
One of the best surprises about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge actually proved to be the food. Especially at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (which has always seemed a little weak compared to the other parks in the dining department), Docking Bay 7 and Ronto Roasters injected some much-needed pizazz into the park’s food options with a wide range of unusual, richly flavored dishes themed to feel like they came right out of Star Wars.
One of the most popular quick bites in the land is Ronto Wraps, a flavor-packed flatbread dish wrapped around pork (er, Ronto) sausage. While you can find an official version of the recipe in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge cookbook, we appreciate this ultra-detailed recipe from the ever-reliable Disney Food Blog to walk you through each stage of replicating the perfect Ronto Wrap.
Just remember to always procure your Ronto meat from a reliable source. You don’t want to end up with a Kowakian Monkey Lizard wrap...
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