One of the nicest restaurants with the best views, in Disney, is without a doubt the California Grill in the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World! This restaurant is located on the 15th floor of the contemporary Resort. It features a gorgeous view over the lake and of Magic Kingdom. It is a wonderful place to view the fireworks and they pump in the soundtrack so you can really get to experience the magic.
But the magic of California Grill is really in the food. This fine dining menu is based on a California/pacific coast style. It features sushi, flat boards and the best pasta. The most popular and requested dish here is the delectable Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli. This dish is over the top decadent and delicious. You know it’s good because it has been on the menu since day 1 of the opening! (That was over 20 years ago.)
Are you wondering , “‘How do I make Goat Cheese Ravioli at home?“. I’ve got it here for ya! Straight from the chef himself at the resort restaurant. I’ve typed it out here for you.
Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli
- 1 pound soft mild goat cheese, crumbled
- 5 1/2 ounces aged goat cheese, crumbled
- 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 tablespoons basil pesto (from a jar)
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons roasted garlic puree (recipe follows)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1?8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or to taste
- 16 egg roll wrappers
- 1 large egg and 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
- Tomato Broth
- 15 whole vine-ripened tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Garlic Puree
- Makes 2 tablespoons
- 1 whole head garlic
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a large bowl, stir together the fresh goat cheese, aged goat cheese, bread crumbs, pesto, olive oil, roasted garlic purée, salt, and pepper until well combined.
- On a work surface, lay out 8 egg roll wrappers and brush each with the egg wash.
- With a sharp knife , mark each wrapper into 4 squares, taking care not to cut all of the way through.
- Place about 1 tablespoon of the goat cheese mixture in the center of each square. Cover with the 8 remaining egg roll wrappers and press the edges together.
- With a knife, cut each double wrapper with filling into 4 squares, to yield 32 squares of filled ravioli.
- Press the edges together. (If you are not using the ravioli immediately, sprinkle them lightly with cornmeal, and store refrigerated between layers of waxed paper).
- When ready to serve, cook the ravioli in a large pot of boiling salted water for 1 to 2 minutes.
- Drain completely.
- Serve with Clear Tomato Broth or chopped seeded ripe tomatoes.
- Tomato Broth
- In a blender, in batches, coarsely chop the tomatoes with the salt.
- Place the chopped tomatoes in a large sieve lined with a double layer of damp cheesecloth, set it over a bowl, and let the mixture drain in the refrigerator for 24 hours to collect the liquid.
- Discard the tomato pulp and reserve the liquid.
- Garlic Puree
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Cut off the stem and top third of 1 whole garlic head.
- Place the garlic on a sheet of heavy-duty aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil.
- Wrap the garlic with foil, seal the edges tightly and roast for 1 hour.
- Remove the package from the oven, open carefully, and let the garlic cool slightly.
- Scrape or squeeze the pulp from the garlic cloves.
Don’t forget that anytime you are dining inside Walt Disney World, you can ask for the recipe to anything you are enjoying. A cast member will gladly give you the recipe or the chef will come out and give it to you her/himself! Any restaurant, any food item including drinks and sauces – can be requested.
You can also email Guest Relations at anytime, to request a recipe. Try to remember the dishes name and where you ate it. But they are pretty good at guessing and including a picture to confirm. Just email them at: email@example.com.