One of the things about this blog is that it gives me the chance to not only explore Disney foods I've never gotten the chance to try in the parks, but that it gives me the chance to make something that I tried while on a vacation and loved. Like Remy describes (yes, I'm talking about the fictional rat from "Ratatouille"), good food comes together, like a symphony, and takes you on a journey, sometimes to an entirely different time and place.
This meal has quite the background. It was one of the most popular dishes on Le Cellier's appetizer menu. Served in a cast iron skillet, designed for family-style sharing, it was a great, fun, and unique appetizer option. When the restaurant changed their menu to reflect their new status as a signature dining option, despite its popularity, the dish was retired. Believe it or not, threads started popping up on various forums of people trying to figure out where it went, where else they can go in Disney to find it, even how to make it. When people talked about the reasons it was such a tragedy Le Cellier went to an all-day signature dining experience, the retiring of this dish was a complaint that came up frequently.
Perhaps due to that popular demand, the following year at the EPCOT's Food and Wine Festival a version of the dish appeared again at Canada's kiosk, which is also where I had it for the first time. I mean seriously, who could pass up a booth that had both sausage and
I can't say how happy I am to have this recipe. This is really just a memory on a plate. Even with the slight changes I made (more on that in a minute), every moment of this recipe was an exciting Disney memory, a fantastic Disney smell... Not even joking when I say while I was making the polenta, I yelled out "This smells like Disney!" and all five people in the house huddled over the pot taking big, deep breaths. We all agreed, by the way, it does smell like Disney... It smells exactly like the buffet area of Tusker House. Just saying.
Of all the dishes I've made in recent memory, this was one of my absolute favorite meals. Everybody loved it and we had absolutely no leftovers. I did stick with the creamy polenta as opposed to letting it cook up so that it was more firm (which is what they do at Disney too), and I think it was the absolute perfect compliment to that spicy sausage. I couldn't get enough of this meal. I'm already dreaming about when I can make it again... Only one bite and I was back next to the World Showcase Lagoon enjoying an amazing meal on the top of a covered trash can, thinking about Soarin Fastpasses, sake tasting in Japan, and enjoying a perfect fall day at EPCOT.
°o° 1 cup water
°o° 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Grill sausages until done and juices are clear.
Spoon polenta onto warmed plates or serve in skillet. Slice sausages in half lengthwise and serve over the warmed polenta. Top with grilled vegetables, greens, or cheese, or serve as is.