Gone, but not forgotten…Once upon a time, in addition to the delicious Brazilian Barbeque-style fare you can enjoy at ‘Ohana (Walt Disney World’s Polynesian), there were these potatoes. Oh, man – you want to talk about tasty! These potatoes were, y’know, unbelievable. I looked forward to those babies every time we went to Walt Disney World. When ‘Ohana dropped them from the menu, my heart broke. Oh, I’ll still eat at ‘Ohana – the food, the atmosphere, the service are all fantastic, but the loss of those potatoes still hurts every time.
If you’ve been reading along here at Living a Disney Life, you may recall the top-10-list of Disney New Year’s Resolutions I put together back in January. #8 on the list was to try three specific Disney recipes at home. The first of the three was Maui Scalloped Potatoes – recipe courtesy of allears.net. The perfect mix of cheddar and onion made these creamy potatoes a perfect match with the parade of skewered meats served at ‘Ohana – the centerpiece of the dining experience.
These are no average scalloped potatoes. These are spectacular! And very easy to make. Yes, there’s cheese and heavy cream – let’s not play the “I’ll doctor this recipe up and make it low fat and healthier” – sometimes, a splurge is in order. I followed the recipe exactly (except I doubled it) and, in the absence of an enormous open fire pit on which to prepare giant skewers of assorted meats, I opted to serve the potatoes with some baked tilapia and sautéed green beans. Perfection.
1 pound Russet potatoes (washed and sliced)
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced sweet onions
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Doubled, this recipe worked perfectly in a 9″ X 13″ baking dish. The potatoes are a guaranteed crowd pleaser – really, what’s not to love!
Do you remember these ‘Ohana potatoes? What former menu items from your favorite Walt Disney World restaurants do you wish you could enjoy again?