Food from the Disney Films | Recipes and Inspiration featuring Ratatouille, Beauty and the Beast, the Emperor’s New Groove

Hello explorersaurs! Today’s post is all about some de-bloody-licious Disney snacks – taken from the Disney films and recreated to eat some of that magic first hand! There are actually some really incredible foods across the Disney films and it’s been an emerging trend where people try them out, so obviously, I had to try it for myself. My sister and I spent a whole day eating Disney food, watching Disney films, creating Minnie Mouse ears and having a whale of a Disney time! You can watch the video on that below, and find all the recipes we used here in this post. Without further ado…

Check out our Disney Day video here!

Kronk’s Spinach Puffs

The Emperor’s New Groove seems to be one of those films that not many of us have seen, but the ones who have are obsessed with! Me and my sisters absolutely love this film and – like everyone with particularly epic taste – love a bit of Kronk. He is Yzma’s sidekick and a troubled soul wanting to do the good thing but is split between being the villains side-man, oh and an epic chef. He got his own film a good few years back (Kronk’s New Groove) where he turns a new leaf with all kinds of good things and cooking! What a legend.

These spinach puffs are super easy to make, and really do taste divine. These would be a perfect party snack and I will definitely be making them when Christmas rolls around as I can just feel them in the festive season! If you use vegan cheese and pastry sheets, and miss out the eggs you could easily make a vegan alternative to these also.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of refrigerated puff pastry (feel free to make your own if you are a legend and far more talented than us!)
  • 1 tub of cream cheese (we used reduced fat)
  • Cheese to fill – we used grated cheddar and mozzarella but you can use any you fancy – we didn’t measure this but just put in as much as we fancied – aka a lot! At least 250g is a good amount.
  • 250g frozen spinach – completely thawed and pressed dry in kitchen roll or something similar
  • 2 eggs
  • Black pepper and mixed herbs to season

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  • Roll the pastry out and cut an even 9 squares from each sheet. Lightly oil/butter a muffin/cupcake try.
  • Place each pastry square into the hole, with all the sides hanging out.
  • Mix together the cream cheese, spinach and herbs in a bowl, and add as much cheese as you would like. We used about 300g of pre-grated cheese in total, but you could go even cheesier if you fancied!
  • Add the spinach mix into the holes of your pastry, filling them up with the tops still outside of each hole.
  • Pull the tops together to seal the filling inside the pastry cup – it’s okay if there are some gaps!
  • Whisk together your eggs and brush on top of the pastry as an egg wash, we didn’t have a pastry brush so just ended up pouring them on top. This did work well in the end but a brush is always the best bet – if you’re that kitted out in the kitchen!
  • Bake for around 20-22 minutes, until they are golden on top.
  • Let them cool for at least five minutes before digging in and enjoy! Thanks Kronk, you ole pal you!

Remy’s Ratatouille

Ratatouille is 100% in my top few Disney films list – it might even be top to be honest it’s just bloody charming and lovely really isn’t it! Our buddy Remy creates some insane looking meals throughout the film, and I have always wanted to try this incredible looking Ratatouille. I made it for the novelty to be honest, I thought it was long overdue, even though I’ve never even eaten one before. I can safely say I was blown away! This recipe is so hearty, healthy and just leaves that good all-filled-up feeling. It takes a decent amount of chopping but after that the whole process is really just cooking – so you have time to stick on a Disney film in anticipation. You can change any of the veggies in this dish – whilst they look best in circles you really could go for anything you fancy. I’m definitely going to make one with the addition of pepper rounds in the future.

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

  • A decent dash of olive oil
  • One onion, chopped into small pieces
  • One pepper (any colour) chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
  • Basil, mixed herbs, black pepper to season

Veggies:

  • 2 aubergines
  • 2 courgettes
  • A punnet of chunky tomatoes
  • I also added a few chopped mushrooms but you can really go for whatever you’d prefer here

Method:

  • Preheat the over to 190°C
  • To create the sauce, heat the oil in the pan on a high-medium heat, and add the onion and pepper pieces, fry for around 10 minutes until they have softened. Add your herbs and seasonings – we’ve recently been obsessed with this Italian seasoning set! Add in your tinned tomatoes, stir everything up and lower the heat to a low setting whilst you chop your veggies.
  • Chop your vegetables into small-ish pieces; go for around 1cm thick.
  • Pour your sauce into a deep-edged baking dish – whilst it doesn’t have to be round, this gives a lovely Ratatouille-film look!
  • On top of the sauce, add your veggies in alternating patterns, again, it doesn’t need to be exact but definitely adds to the aesthetic.
  • Spray the top with a little olive oil, and sprinkle on some more seasoning.
  • Cover the pan with foil and bake for around 40 minutes, and then remove the foil and bake again for the last 20 minutes.
  • You can enjoy this dish all by itself, mixed into some pasta or rice, or as a side to other meals – like a roast!

The Grey Stuff

Okay so mine is definitely not grey enough at all haha! But, I have sinced learned the trick to the perfect grey and would definitely make this again as it really is delicious! A Beauty and the Beast classic and probably one of the most memorable snacks from any Disney film! This is essentially a cookie flavoured mousse, and again is very easy to make vegan thanks to oreos being accidentally vegan! Winning!

Ingredients:

  • Half a pack of oreos (save the extra for chunks to add, the texture is fab!)
  • 1 pack of vanilla or butterscotch pudding mixture – I just bought Sainsbury’s own for about 50p each
  • 1 pack of chocolate pudding mixture – you will only need one tablespoon of this
  • Milk – I used oat milk

Method:

  • Crush the half pack of oreos (approximately 7) into find crumbs
  • Mix with the vanilla/butterscotch pudding powder and the one tablespoon of chocolate pudding powder
  • Slowly add milk and keep mixing until you have a smooth mousse texture that just falls off a spoon when scooped
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes and add to a bowl to serve – you can pipe this to get the whipped look, or just spoon into a bowl
  • Add a couple of broken up oreos and dig in!

Finally, I did make a cheese souffle, but after a little debate with myself have decided not to include the ingredients and instructions here on Explorersaur. It took about an hour or so to make and honestly tasted like a good omelette – but we all know some much easier ways to make omelettes and so it’s not worth the time in my opinion! I’m sure people have made them much more deliciously so have a look on the ole interwebs for inspiration if your heart is set after this haha.

Check out our Disney Parks Snacks post here for more Disney food love!!

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