Disney Adventures: Mickey and the Beanstalk
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum. Most of us have heard those words before as we've watched a childish giant appear on screen. With them, he can do anything. He can turn into a big pink bunny with long floppy ears, or even disappear into thin air. The real magic though, is the feast laid before him on the table. When Mickey and Friends discover it, there's a whole scene of them just eating yummy food. On the table is pink Jell-O, candied beets, peas, Swiss cheese, a giant roast chicken, coconut cake, plum pudding, dumplings… Willie the Giant picks up a pot when he walks in, smells it, and excitedly claims, "Chocolate pot roast! With smishsmash, with pisahs, with pimsash…with greeeeeeen gravy!" Now the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk is actually only one part of our movie adventure this week. We cooked all the foods from Make Mine Music, and Fun and Fancy Free. Willie the Giant's feast just happened to be 75% of the food featured.
I would say this is one of the best overall meals we've had yet. Nothing turned out bad. Luckily it was also the meal we first invited friends over to eat with us. We had to, there was just too much food! We rate each food item we make, and I don't think a single thing was less than 7 out of 10 in anyone's opinion. The chicken was a huge hit, we used garlic and turmeric on it. The coconut cake blew everyone's socks off. However what I really want to focus on is that chocolate pot roast.
Just wait a minute before you get too skeptical. I know it sounds totally weird. Truth be told, it is pretty weird, but we came on this adventure to try all foods in Disney movies and we weren't going to let this stop us. There aren't many recipes for chocolate pot roast online, but we managed to find a few and work them together to create our own. Both my husband and I really liked it. The meat came out tender, and the whole thing was very fragrant. I don't necessarily believe it's something I'd make without good reason (like a Disney meal project), but it was unique and fun! I'll tell you how to make it.
Start with coarsely chopping some vegetables. Simmer them in half a bottle of red wine until half of the liquid has simmered out. While that's going on season and brown your meat, then put it in the crock pot. Add the veggies with some chicken broth, then lay 5 pieces of bakers chocolate (minimum 66% cocoa) on top of the meat and cook on low for 6-8 hours. We used seasonings on the meat like paprika, salt, pepper, cinnamon, etc. Milder spices that went well with the chocolate. We even made pistachio gravy to go over the top. The sweet in the pistachios complimented the dish quite well. I would pick dumplings as a perfect side to this meal. Willie the Giant must've had some giant sweet tooth.
Next week is Melody Time and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. Blog publishes every Wednesday. If you're new to the adventure, you can read more about it at disneymeals.wordpress.com. Until next week, adventurers!
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