Big changes for the busy food court at Everything POP Shopping & Dining at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. Chef Cheryl Smith recently debuted a creative menu that’s almost all new with just a few exceptions, such as favorite soups, the popular meatball sub for lunch and a handful of breakfast items.
Starting with breakfast, they’ve added an egg-white omelet for health-conscious guests, says Chef Cheryl. And the “Pop Daily Specials” offer different omelets throughout the week, including Southwest, Italian and Floridian creations full of fresh veggies. There’s also a new corned beef hash, a hearty breakfast burrito, biscuits and gravy and a create-your-own yogurt.
Among new sandwiches are a black bean burger, turkey sandwich, pork sandwich, salmon burger and a house-made “sloppy joe” topped with onion rings. And you can create your own burritos, nachos and tacos.
Flatbreads are new, including a margherita with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, a Mediterranean-inspired flatbread and one with shrimp and goat cheese. More substantial is the pepperoni pizza bread or the meaty or Reuben strombolis.
A little more upscale additions include mussels baked with fennel cream sauce, roast pork shank and shrimp and cheesy grits. And nightly specials include rotisserie chicken, beef brisket barbecue, coconut curry shrimp, roasted pork loin, beef stroganoff and roasted vegetable tofu.
New sweet treats include cotton candy lemonade, a strawberry-banana smoothie, tie-dye cheesecake and a crispy-coated ice cream sundae.
The colorful food court makes it easy to move from station to station for preferences, an easy way to feed a family.
We asked Chef Cheryl to share the “sloppy joe” recipe so you can try it at home. Enjoy!
Everything POP Shopping & Dining Sloppy Joes with Onion Rings
4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons Cajun spice
3 softball-sized Spanish onions
1 pound ground chuck
2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 medium Spanish onion, finely diced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 fresh jalapeno, deseeded and minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
4 hamburger buns, toasted
4 slices cheddar cheese
For onion rings:
- Combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium shallow bowl; set aside.
- Combine milk, water, beaten egg, 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a separate medium shallow bowl; set aside. Combine remaining 2 cups flour, cornmeal, and Cajun spice in a third medium shallow bowl; set aside.
- Peel and cut onion into 1/2-inch thick slices. Separate the layers into rings. Working with a few rings at a time, place them into the first bowl, coating completely and shaking off excess flour. Dip into milk mixture, letting excess drip off. Place into third bowl, coating completely, shaking off excess flour. Set coated onion rings onto a large baking sheet. Once all rings are coated, refrigerate for 1 hour.
- Pour enough oil into a deep pot to reach a depth of 2 inches. Heat to 350°F.
Working in batches, carefully place battered onion rings in hot oil and cook until they float to the surface, about 3 minutes. Transfer onion rings to a plate lined with paper towels to drain off excess oil. Keep warm until ready to serve.
For sloppy joes:
- Combine ground beef, onion, garlic, bell pepper, and salt in a large pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently to break up the beef, 20 minutes. Spoon off and discard grease from pot.
- Add ground black pepper, Worcestershire, and crushed tomatoes, stirring to combine.
- Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, stirring often, until thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Scoop a generous portion of sloppy joe onto each bun; top each with a slice of cheese. Place 3 fried onion rings over cheese, and finish with top half of bun.
This recipe has been converted from a larger quantity in the restaurant kitchens and not tested for home use. The flavor profile may vary from the restaurant’s version.
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