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5 Valentine’s Day Recipes

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As Valentine's Day approaches in just under a week, we've curated a selection of five delightful recipes to assist you in crafting a scrumptious home-cooked meal. Specifically chosen from the Disney Recipe Vault, these recipes encompass appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts, and cocktails, promising a joyful cooking experience and an even more enjoyable dining affair. Whether you opt for one or decide to prepare all five, these recipes are sure to leave a lasting impression on that special someone.

Dive into the Disney-inspired culinary world for Valentine's Day and commence planning your ideal menu now!

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Rustic Bruschetta from Wine Country Trattoria at Disney California Adventure Park

The delectable Rustic Bruschetta, a long-standing feature on the menu at Wine Country Trattoria in Disney California Adventure park, boasts a rich history of flavor. To streamline your Valentine's Day preparations, the mushroom and artichoke topping for this bruschetta can be prepared up to two days ahead and easily reheated before serving. While designed to serve 6-8 as an appetizer, this recipe can also cater to two individuals when served as a main course. Enjoy the convenience without compromising on taste with this delightful dish!

RUSTIC BRUSCHETTA from Wine Country Trattoria, Disney California Adventure Park
Serves 6 to 8, as an appetizer


  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced shiitake mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced crimini mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup sliced artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 medium French baguette
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 shallot, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Combine onion and 2 tablespoons olive oil in large sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook until onions are soft and caramelized, about 20 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, toss mushrooms and artichoke hearts with 3 tablespoons olive oil on a medium baking sheet. Roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 300°F.
  4. Combine caramelized onions, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes in a large bowl. Set aside.
  5. Cut baguette into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices on a large baking sheet, and drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp but not browned. Set aside.
  6. Whisk together mascarpone cheese, garlic, shallots, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl.
  7. Spread toasted baguette slices with the mascarpone mixture, then top with mushroom mixture. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese.
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Lake Buena Vista Club Spinach Salad from Lake Buena Vista Club

For the salad, we present a recipe sourced from the now-defunct Lake Buena Vista Club. The renowned Anchovy Dressing that adorned the Lake Buena Vista Club Spinach Salad was not only a house specialty but also a beloved choice among patrons. The dressing can be prepared ahead of time and conveniently stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, ensuring a delightful and enduring flavor for your dining experience.

Serves 4-6


  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 4 anchovy filets, or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  • 32 ounces baby spinach leaves, washed and drained
  • 1 medium red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • Favorite croutons


  1. Mix water, anchovies, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in food processor until blended. Add mayonnaise and sour cream and process 2 minutes longer.
  2. Chill until ready to serve. Dressing can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.


  1. Toss spinach, red onion and mushrooms in serving bowl.
  2. Lightly coat with dressing. Top with croutons.
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Beef and Shrimp from Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park

During Valentine's Day or any other noteworthy celebration, I find pleasure in indulging in an entree that elevates the dining experience beyond the usual weekday fare. While no longer featured on the menu, the Beef and Shrimp recipe from Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park can still be relished in the comfort of your home, promising to leave a lasting impression on your guests. The demi-glace required for the recipe can be easily acquired at select markets. In case blood oranges are not at hand, orange juice serves as a suitable substitute.

BEEF AND SHRIMP from Cinderella’s Royal Table, Magic Kingdom Park
Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes
  • 1 clove elephant garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 4 (5-ounce) beef tenderloin filets
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 5 piquanté peppers, stems and seeds removed
  • Coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 1/2 cup beef demi-glace
  • 2 tablespoons blood orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Combine potatoes, garlic, and oil in a large roasting pan. Bake for 40 minutes, turning once, until potatoes are tender.
  2. Place potatoes and garlic in a bowl and smash with a potato masher or fork. Add salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.


  1. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat until hot. Add garlic and cook for one minute, until fragrant. Add carrots and reduce heat to medium-low.
  2. Cook carrots, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until tender.
  3. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.


  1. Heat a grill pan or heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, until very hot. Season beef generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Sear filets for about 4 minutes on each side, turning once, which will cook the filet to medium rare. If meat browns too quickly before interior is done, reduce heat to medium-low. To test doneness, check steak temperature with a meat thermometer.
  3. Let beef rest 5-10 minutes before serving.


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat until hot. Add shrimp and garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove shrimp from pan. Add wine and lemon juice and cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes, until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Reduce heat to low and stir in butter. Add shrimp back to pan, stirring to heat through.
  4. Remove from heat and add chives, piquanté peppers and salt and pepper, to taste. Keep warm until ready to serve.


  1. Heat demi-glace in a small saucepan over medium heat until warm. Stir in blood orange juice.
  2. Keep warm until ready to serve.


  1. Place 1/4 of the smashed fingerling potatoes in the center of each plate in a thin layer. Top potatoes with beef and drizzle 2 tablespoons of demi-glace over each steak.
  2. Top with 1/4 of the shrimp and sauce. Place carrots on one side of each plate.
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Chocolate Truffle Cake from Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

Let's move on to the dessert course. Indulge in the luxurious Chocolate Truffle Cake, a delightful offering from a previous Napa Rose menu at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, now available for you to recreate at home using this recipe. When whipping warm egg whites, ensure your small metal bowl is impeccably clean and dry before incorporating the egg whites to avoid any complications.

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CAKE from Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Serves 8


  • 1/2 cup plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (extra for ramekins)
  • 6 1/2 ounces high quality 58% bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature, separated
  • 1/2 cups sugar, divided (extra for ramekins)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375˚F. Lightly butter bottom and sides of 8 individual (3/4 cup) ramekins. Coat thinly with sugar and shake out excess. Set aside.
  2. Prepare a double boiler and bring water to a simmer over low heat. Place butter and chocolate in top of double boiler and gently stir until melted smoothly and combined.
  3. Whisk egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a large mixing bowl for 3 to 4 minutes or until smooth and slightly thickened. Add flour and combine.
  4. Ladle a small amount of melted chocolate into egg yolk mixture and whisk to combine. Add another ladle of chocolate into egg yolk mixture and continue to whisk. Once the temperature of the egg yolk mixture has been warmed, add remaining chocolate to egg yolks and whisk vigorously until completely combined. Set aside.
  5. Warm egg whites in a small metal bowl (make sure it is very clean and dry) that just fits into a small saucepan with hot water in it. Allow egg whites to warm for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from water and add 1 tablespoon sugar, whip mixture using a hand-held mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form.
  6. Slowly add an additional 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar while continuing to whip egg whites. Increase speed to high and slowly add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar. Whip egg whites and sugar for another 3 to 4 minutes or until stiff peaks form.
  7. Gently fold in 1/4 of chocolate mixture into egg whites to combine. Add remaining chocolate and continue to fold till completely combined, being careful not to overwork mixture.
  8. Divide batter equally among the prepared ramekins, filling 3/4 full. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 14 minutes, or until tops are puffy, but center is still soft. Do not overbake.
  9. Cut around edges of cakes using a small knife to loosen cakes. Carefully invert cakes onto serving plates.
  10. Place a heart-shaped stencil over each cake and sift powdered sugar on top before serving.
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Chocolate Martini from the Disney Recipe Vault

Concluding our Valentine's Day recipe collection is the Chocolate Martini sourced from the Disney Recipe Vault, providing the ideal finale to a delightful meal. Whether you prefer it as a perfect conclusion to your dining experience or wish to indulge your sweet tooth by sipping on this delectable cocktail throughout the entire meal, this treat adds a touch of indulgence to any romantic occasion.

CHOCOLATE MARTINI from the Disney Recipe Vault
Serves 1


  • 1 ounce chocolate liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1/2 ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce crème de cacoa liqueur
  • Chocolate stick, for garnish


  1. Combine ingredients in an ice-filled shaker, shake, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with chocolate stick.

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