Even being a huge Disney fanatic, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Saludos Amigos or Three Caballeros. Maybe I watched them when I was really small at my grandparent’s house, but I’m not sure. It seems pretty common that these two movies get overlooked, that’s why I’m combining them. Also, Saludos Amigos is almost a prequel to Three Caballeros. They are both part of a 6-movie package film series. So I’ll be combining the next couple movies too.
However, don’t let the obscurity of these two films throw you, the South American food in them was outstanding (minus the mate).
Peruvian Bread con el Pato Donald (Saludos Amigos)
As we watch Donald Duck start his South American journey, he sails in a straw boat across Lake Titicaca…until he gets thrown overboard and lands in the bread dough of an Peruvian lady in mid-knead.
I wasn’t quite sure what kinda of bread it was. I found this recipe for a bread from the Peruvian Andes, but it was a sweet bread and the picture didn’t look like any of the breads she had in the background. So I opted to go with regular white bread, but made in a Peruvian style, which means they use lard instead of butter or shortening.
Peruvian Bread con el Pato Donald
|2 packages||(0.25 ounce) yeast active, dry|
|3 tablespoons||white sugar|
|2 1/2 cups||warm water (110 degrees F)|
|3 tablespoons||lard softened|
|6 1/2 cups||flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water.
- Stir in lard, salt and two cups of the flour.
- Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
- When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.
- Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
- Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
- Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves.
- Place the loaves into two lightly greased 9×5 inch loaf pans.
- Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
- Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when tapped.
Gaucho Goofy’s Asado (Saludos Amigos)
Oh man, this was delicious. One of the last short films featured one of my absolute favorite Disney characters, Goofy. The narrator picked cowboy Goofy up from Texas and dropped him in Argentina as El Gaucho Goofy! And what a rough-n-tumblin goucho he was.
Earlier in the film, they showed Argentinian bbq, or asado.
Doesn’t that look delicious?
Goucho Goofy shows the proper way to eat it. You take a mini-baguette, hold it so it’s sticking out of one side and hold the cut of meat in the same hand, but sticking out the other side.
We didn’t have a parrilla (which is a grate of sorts and is the “proper” way to cook it.) But we used a nice charcoal grill. Man, did it turn out great. It is best to get sausages, sirloin, flank, or fillet. For more info about truly grilling in an Argentinian fashion, check out this article I found.
Goucho Goofy Asado
|2 1/2 pounds||sirloin steak|
|Kosher or course sea salt|
|1 cup||Chopped parsley|
|4 cloves||Garlic minced|
|1/2 teaspoon||Red chili pepper flakes|
|1 tablespoons||Dried oregano|
|3/4 cup||Olive or vegetable oil|
|3 tablespoons||Red wine vinegar|
|3 tablespoons||Lemon juice|
- Sprinkle Kosher or Sea Salt on the steaks so it lightly coats it. Set aside.
- Heat up charcoal and place on bottom of the grill (or parrilla).
- Place the meat on the grill/parrilla and let it cook until the meat is medium-rare (around 140ºF)
Mate (Saludos Amigos/Three Caballeros)
I had never tried mate before, but I had heard about it. Some people love it, others hate it. So I was excited to try. Gaucho Goofy seemed to enjoy it as he sipped it with his horse, relaxin’ all cool against a fence post.
Then in Three Caballeros, one of the shorts features a little boy and his flying donkey. They are shown enjoying mate as well.
So I thought it would at least be somewhat tasty right? I couldn’t have been more wrong. You do need a gourd cup and a special straw called a bombilla to “enjoy” this. I found one on amazon that works well.
|Bombilla (Special Straw)|
- Fill the gourd 3/4 up with the mate.
- Place one hand over the top of the cup and shake so the fine mate is brought to the top
- Place the cup on an 60º incline so the mate rests on one side
- Fill the cup halfway with hot, but not boiling water. Be careful not to get the top portion of the mate wet
- Wait 1-2 minutes
- Fill the rest of the cup up with hot (not boiling) water
- Place the bombilla in and drink!
José’s Virgin Cachaça Lime Cocktail (Saludos Amigos)
The last section of the film features José Carioca, a Brazillian parrot. He’s also featured in Three Caballeros and even a ride at Epcot. He shows Donald the beauties of Brazil, and then they sit down at a cafe and enjoy some Cachaça.
Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane juice. So as we’re keeping this a family-friendly blog. We made a cachaça cocktail with actual sugar cane juice. I was able to find sugar cane juice at an Asian market next to my house, but I’m sure there are supermarkets around the carry it.
José's Virgin Cachaça Lime Cocktail
|1 1/2 tablespoons||Sugar|
|1/3 cup||Sugar cane juice|
|2/3 cup||Vita-coco with mango and peach or with tangerine|
Out of the Arctic Lemonade (Three Caballeros)
Now onto the second movie. Three Caballeros. The first short in this film features a penguin that escapes his cold homeland to venture to warmer climates. He relaxes and drinks a lemony drink on a hammock.
We are not privy to see inside the glass. But we do see a lemon slice on the side of the glass when a tortoise brings him another drink.
Now, I could have just assumed it was water with a lemon slice in it, but what’s the fun in that? Lets make lemonade. And who would make lemonade better than Paula Dean?
Out of the Arctic Lemonade
|1 cup||hot water|
|2 cups||fresh lemon juice|
|1 gallon||cold water|
|1||sprig mint for garnish|
- In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water
- Stir until sugar dissolves.
- Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon.
- Stir until well mixed.
- Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.Credit: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/lemonade-recipe.html?oc=linkback
Bahian treats That’ll Make you Dance (Three Caballeros)
Onto Baia! I really want to visit Brazil and Baia would be a really cool place to go. The Three Caballeros are just chilling, when a Brazillian “cookie lady” comes and teases them with cookies (how rude).
Then, Donald goes crazy. He is probably one of the most lustful characters in the Disney universe. He goes after almost every female he comes across…no matter the species.
Anyway, they start singing a song in Portuguese. A crowd gathers and they all join in. Donald gets jealous when the “orange man” comes and tries to steal the “cookie lady” away from him.
Throughout the song in that scene I was trying to figure out what they were saying, because I happen to speak Portuguese. I still couldn’t understand what they were saying in the chorus, though. I searched for the lyrics and turns out that they were saying “Quindins de Yaya.” I didn’t know what Quindins were.
So I looked them up. Turns out that they are a Brazilian treat and of course I had to make them. However, her plate of cookies was diverse, so I looked up other Brazilian treats to make, too. That’s when I found Cocadas, which are basically coconut bars.
Quindins de Yaya
|1 cup||coconut grated|
|1/4 cup||melted butter|
|2 teaspoons||vanilla extract|
|2 tablespoons||corn syrup|
|sugar for dusting the pans|
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the 15 yolks.
- Sift the eggs through a wire strainer
- Add the other ingredients, mix well.
- Place dough in greased pans and sprinkle with sugar (use spring-form pan for best results). We used a cupcake tin
- Sprinkle more sugar on top for crispy top.
- Bake in water bath in the oven at 180 ° C for 35 minutes (A water bath consists of putting the baking pan in a larger pan that is filled with hot water)
- Let cool and unmold.
- Serve chilled.
|400 grams||fresh grated coconut thick|
|2 1/2 cups||sugar|
|1 1/2 cups||water|
|1/4 cup||sweetened condensed milk|
|oil enough to grease pan|
- Butter a large baking sheet with oil
- Set aside
- Place the water the sugar in a saucepan over high heat
- Let the syrup cook until it falls in strings
- Pour the coconut into the pan with the sauce and stir
- Add the condensed milk and continue stirring until it begins to come away from the pan base
- Remove the coconut candy from heat and place the spoonfuls on greased baking sheet
- Wait until they harden slightly and remove the coconut sweets from the pan with a spatula
Will it Make you Dance the Samba?
The bread was delicious. It had a hard crispy crust and a soft inside. It went really well with strawberry jam.
The asado has probably been my favorite Disney food so far. It was sooooooo good. I wish I made more so I could have just gotten super fat eating it. Gaucho Goofy knows how to eat. The steak was tender and well seasoned, the sausages were crisp on the outside, and the chimichurri sauce complimented everything superbly. I was really surprised about how well that sauce went with everything.
And after that tasty meal, I had to drink mate. Oh man, that was HORRIBLE. I think I even liked the clover blossoms from Bambi better. I don’t know how people drink that stuff.
While I didn’t try true cachaça, this sugar cane mocktail was amazing. It was tart but sweet. The sugar cane juice wasn’t very good alone, but together, it turned out really well.
I could always go for a nice cool glass of lemonade. The mint really added to the taste. My wife thought it needed more sugar, but I thought it was perfect.
The cocadas were really sugary. I don’t know if I didn’t refine the sugar enough or something. You could taste the sugar grits. Despite that, they were really good. Even my wife, who doesn’t like coconut, liked them
Now my favorite treat, the quindins. I didn’t know what to expect. Even though our batch came out really gooey, it was super delicious. I recommend maybe cooking it longer or something. I highly recommend these treats.
Peruvian Bread con el Pato Donald – 7.5/10
Gaucho Goofy’s Asado – 11/10
Mate – 1/10
José’s Cachaça Lime Cocktail – 8.5/10
Out of the Arctic Lemonade – 8/10
Cocadas – 7.5/10
Quindins de Yaya – 8.5/10 (would have been a 10/10 if they weren’t so gooey)