Disney Food & Wine Festival White Cheddar Lager Soup Recipe

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Disney Food and Wine Festival White Cheddar Lager Soup Recipe
Welcome to Inside the Magic’s very own version of the Disney Food and Wine Festival! Disney dining is always super fun. Both Disney California Adventure and Disney World‘s Epcot each have their own Food and Wine Festival. DCA’s festival is typically between the end of February to the beginning of April, where as, Disney World’s Epcot is typically between the end of August to the end of November.
This is the first recipe in a series of recipes inspired by the 2020 Disney California Adventure’s Food and Wine Festival. There will be a recipe inspired by each of the Festival Marketplace boothsfood and drinks. The order in which they will come will be like a complete walk-through from start to finish!
DCA Food & Wine Festival Map
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So grab your virtual Sip and Savor pass with an empty belly because we are about to fill you up with food and wine, if you are of age that is! Join us at our first stop, Disney Nuts about Cheese!
2020 DCA Food & Wine Sip and Savor Pass
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Nuts About Cheese

At this first Festival Marketplace booth, you have the option of Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup (Vegetarian), Impossible Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese (Vegetarian), and Oikos Greek Yogurt Banoffee Tart (Kid Friendly). There is only one beverage option here and it is the Honey Bourbon Lemonade.
Nuts About Cheese Menu
Credit: Kristin Yep

Food

Though California is not best known for its cheese, it is known for its California milk cows. Which is why for this recipe inspiration, we’ve chosen the Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup. This can be a hearty meal that will be filling!
Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup
Credit: Kristin Yep

White Cheddar Lager Soup

Ingredients
  • 4Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium carrot chopped
  • 2 celery sticks chopped
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 12oz lager or pale ale beer (whichever you prefer or have on hand)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 8oz shredded white cheddar cheese(Fiscalini or any brand of white cheddar cheesepreferred)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • bread bowls
Optional Ingredients
  • 1Tbsp jalapeno chopped (if you like a bit of spicy)
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits
  • chopped parsley or chives
Instructions
  1. In a medium stockpot, melt the butter. Add in carrots, celery, onions, garlic, and salt. (Also add jalapeno here if you want the heat.) Cook until tender about 10 minutes.
  2. Add in flour stirring constantly to avoid browning. Cook for a couple minutes.
  3. Whisk in chicken stock and beer slowly. Add bay leaf and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and let cool for a bit before stirring in milk and heavy cream.
  5. Add contents to blender or leave in pot and use immersion blender. Blend until smooth.
  6. Turn heat back on and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn back down to a low simmer.
  7. Whisk in cheddar cheeseuntil it is well combined.
  8. Let simmer for another 15 minutes as soup thickens. If consistency is thicker than desired then add more chicken stock. Salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve in bread bowls and garnish with bacon bits, chive, and/or parsley if wished. (If you want to get more Disney with it, garnish in a shape of a Mickey head!)
  10. Enjoy!

Beverage

This one’s for adults only. It is the Food and Wine Festival afterall! You can create your own version of the Honey Bourbon Lemonade at home by grabbing your favorite brand of Bourbon Whiskey, honey, and fresh lemon juice. Just mix to your own personal preference!

Honey Bourbon Lemonade
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

If you are looking for wine option instead, a Roussanne would pair nicely. As mentioned before, this can be a hearty meal so having that white wine could cut down the heaviness.  Roussannes tend to have lime, citrus, and stone fruit notes that goes well with a lager flavor.

2020 DCA Food & Wine Tasting Passport
Credit: Disney Parks Blog
Thanks for starting this culinary journey with us! Keep following along while we go on this food adventure. There will be gluten free and vegan options coming your way too. Next stop on our Tasting Passport… Uncork California. See you there!

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