This week in ‘A Taste of Disney’: recipes for a few of those park classics you have come to know and love. What iconic foods do you think of when Magic Kingdom® Park comes to mind? Scroll down to see if any of your favorites made the list!
First up: Turkey Legs. Walking down the streets of Frontierland®, you can’t help but smell these beauties cooking! Copycat recipe from magicalrecipes.net.
- Rinse turkey legs in cold water, pat dry.
- For brine, combine brine ingredients in large pan.
- Bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat, cover, and let cool to room temperature.
- Pour into container and refrigerate brine until cold (approximately 35-40 degrees F).
- Place the turkey legs into brine.
- Let soak four to six hours.
- Remove legs, rinse well, and discard brine.
- Dry drumsticks well with paper towels.
- In small bowl, combine spice rub ingredients with fork til well mixed.
- Rub onto turkey legs.
- Let drumsticks sit out for about one hour.
- Place turkey legs into smoker at 225 degrees F.
- A light-flavored wood is best for turkey.
- Smoke legs for four to six hours, til meat is nearly falling off the bone.
- Remove legs from smoker, and let rest for half an hour.
Next: Pineapple Dole Whip. Another Magic Kingdom® Park classic that is necessary to enjoy on every park visit. Recipe from magicalrecipes.net
2 20 ounce cans Dole® crushed pineapple with juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/3 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
- Drain pineapple; reserve 2 tablespoons juice. Set aside.
- Place pineapple, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar and reserved pineapple juice in blender or food processor container; cover and blend until smooth.
- Pour into two 1-quart freezer zipped bags and store bags flat in freezer.
- Freeze 1-1/2 hours or until slushy.
- Stir pineapple slush gently into whipped cream until slightly blended, in large bowl.
- Return to freezer until completely frozen, about 1 hour.
Lastly: Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Main Street Bakery. As a child, these were my favorite treats to pick out for the day! Recipe from picky-palate.com
Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches
3 cups good quality chopped milk chocolate
4 tablespoons shortening
12 halved graham crackers
2 cups creamy peanut butter
- Melt chocolate and shortening over a double boiler, stirring to melt. In a small saucepan, boil water, reduce heat to low and place a heat proof bowl over the saucepan then add chocolate, stirring until melted.
- Dip each graham cracker into chocolate and let set up on wax or parchment paper. Stick in the freezer for a few minutes to speed this up. Spread 2 tablespoons (or a cookie scoopful) of peanut butter over the top of each dipped graham cracker then place in the freezer for 10 more minutes. This step is important. While the peanut butter is freezing, remove chocolate from heat and stir, so it cools slightly and thickens up a touch. Slowly and carefully spoon melted chocolate over tops and sides of peanut butter. This is where the patience and work comes in. Use a small spoon working the chocolate around the edges and sides. You’ll then use a little plastic knife to run the chocolate around the edges and clean it up a little. Let set up, (stick back in the freezer for another 10 minutes) then with a spoon, drizzle chocolate over top to make the “lines”. (If your chocolate is too thick at this point, set it back over the double boiler so it melts a little bit).
What is your favorite Magic Kingdom® Park treat?
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.