December is upon us and the winter weather is rolling in. With chilly temperatures and flu-season around the corner, there is one food in particular that comes to mind. Soup, of course! Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup while curled up in the house on a cold winter night?
WDW doesn’t have to worry much about freezing temperatures with the ideal Florida climate, but the WDW parks and restaurants are nonetheless home to many great soup dishes! Some of my favorite soups have been tasted on WDW vacations. This week we will feature just a few of the great soups and soup spots that you can find on your next trip to WDW!
1. Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup
One of my favorites. This soup can be found in the Canada pavilion at Epcot®, in the Le Cellier Steakhouse. It is made with Moosehead® beer and bacon, along with cheddar cheese! Pair this soup with a pretzel bread stick from Le Cellier and you are set.
2. French Onion Soup
This one can be found in multiple locations on property, but I would recommend a trip to Les Chefs de France. I mean they have to have the best French onion soup if “French” is in the name, right? The soup has a mild onion broth topped with bread pieces and finally melted gruyere cheese. Yum!
3. Tomato Basil Soup
Surprisingly this soup can be found at the quick service Pinnochio’s Village Haus location in Magic Kingdom® Park. Talk about an easy, tasty treat during a day in the park!
4. Beer Cheese Popcorn Bacon Soup
Also known as Corn and Smoked Cheddar Soup at Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge . I haven’t been able to try this soup yet, but I can’t imagine it would be anything short of amazing with those ingredients!
5. Potato and Leek Soup
Find this one at the Rose and Crown Pub in Epcot®. Make sure not to fill up before indulging in this soup because it is quite thick and filling!
6. Coconut Curry Chicken Soup
You can find this unique stew-like soup at Boma – Flavors of Africa restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. They apparently serve a variety of other interesting soups that are also outstanding.
7. New England Clam Chowder
Stop by the Columbia Harbor House in Magic Kingdom® Park for this classic!
8. Smoked Portobello Soup
If you like mushrooms, you’ve met your match. This soup is found at Artist Point restaurant in Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
This week’s recipe will be for the Coconut Curry Chicken Soup, brought to you by http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/01/24/diy-disney-coconut-curry-chicken-soup-from-boma/.
Coconut Curry Chicken Soup
1 chicken, whole – cut in eight
8 ounces onions, diced chunky
8 ounces red bell peppers, diced chunky
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
8 ounces potatoes, diced chunky
8 ounces diced tomatoes, drained
8 ounces coconut milk
3 tablespoons curry powder, toasted
1 quart chicken stock
5 ounces honey
4 ounces oil
½ cup cilantro, chopped
To taste cayenne pepper (adjust/add slowly)
To taste salt and pepper
Roux (3 ounces butter and 3 ounces flour)
1. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon curry powder. Sear chicken in the skillet until golden brown and ¾ done. Set aside.
2. Melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux and set aside.
3. Heat chicken stock, curry powder, coconut milk and roux. Let simmer until thickened.
4. Add the vegetables (except the cilantro) and seared chicken. Cook until chicken is done.
5. Add honey and cayenne pepper. Adjust seasoning. Garnish with cilantro
Do any of you have a favorite soup at WDW? Have you tried any not included on this list?
Kristin Casagrand is a student currently studying physical therapy at Bellarmine University. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kristin has taken many a family vacations as a child driving 24 hrs, cramped in the back of the car and fighting with her sister to get to Disney (definitely worth it though). She looks forward to sharing “A taste of Disney” with everyone each week.