Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bringing a Little 'Ohana to the Dinner Table

Wishing I were at the Polynesian right now!
As the cold, snowy weather continues here in New Hampshire, I decided to bring a little Disney "warmth" to our house with yet another recipe.  This time it is from one of our favorite restaurants on Disney property ~ 'Ohana.  It is located over at Disney's Polynesian Resort and is next to the Tambu Lounge, which is my husband and I's favorite lounge on Disney property. 

'Ohana is an all you can eat meal served family style.  This means that the food is at your table rather than you having to make your way to the buffet line.  Depending on your server, each appetizer and side dish will be filled automatically or upon request.  When you are seated, you have bread and a bowl of salad with Honey Lime Dressing.  Both are delicious, but be careful not fill up on these, which is easy to do!  The menu has changed a few times over the years, but on our last trip, there were stir fry vegetables and lo mein noodles to go along with the skewered meats.  Throughout the meal, cast members come to you table with large skewers filled with either beef, pork, turkey or shrimp. Though all are very good, the beef is my favorite.  To accompany the meats, there are several dipping sauces, including chimichurri, peanut and a sweet and sour like sauce.  All delicious!  Finally dessert, which by the way is one of my most favorite desserts on Disney property, is bread pudding with a banana fosters sauce.  I think I could eat just this for my meal!   We were even lucky enough on this last trip to have a view of the castle from our table. 

So to bring a little Disney to our dinner, last night I made the Honey Lime Dressing from 'Ohana.  I mentioned in my previous post, Hoop Dee Doo Cornbread, there are a few ways to find Disney recipes.  You can search the internet, which of course, there are plenty out there, you can contact Walt Disney World Guest Services directly to request a recipe, or while in WDW, you can simply request it from the restaurant or lounge.  Like Hoop Dee Doo cornbread, this is a very simple recipe and a great way to bring a little Disney magic to your dinner table in between trips!

Honey Lime Dressing
'Ohana, Ploynesian Resort
Recipe from WDW Guest Services

1/2 c. honey
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. salt
1/2 c. cider vinegar
1/4 c. lime juice
1/4 c. diced onion
1 c. canola oil

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor except the oil, and blend until smooth.  Slowly add the oil until it is well incorporated into the dressing.

Makes 2 cups.

By the way, if you are looking for a tropical drink to accompany this recipe, check out my fellow Magical Blogorail member Kristen over at Cooking with Mickey and see her video and recipe to make a Konk Cooler.



Crystal Young Photography said...

We love to do an 'Ohana style meal at home! In Canada there's a chain of frozen food stores called M&M Meat Shops and they carry the exact same noodles as 'Ohana! And on the bright side you never have to wait 45 minutes past your ADR time at home like at the real 'Ohana LOL.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Hi Crystal! I have a few other 'Ohana recipes - maybe I will have to test those out too! I don't think I have the noodle recipe, but I will have to look! It certainly helps beat the winter feel! :-)

Lin 'Pratt' Leffel said...

Thanks for the recipe! Sounds yummy!