IMG_8018Disney’s live action adaptation of Cinderella is now available on home video, so the classic rags to riches story seemed like a perfect choice for Dinner and a Disney Movie. And with Fall approaching, the pumpkin coach makes it an extra perfect choice for this season. This menu fits both the animated classic or the new live-action version, so take your pick when planning your next movie night. Turkey Pot Pie is the main course, a hearty home-cooked favorite that will comfort your soul. And to top it all off, a delectable pumpkin cheesecake that could have been made from one of Cinderella’s very own pumpkins.

Turkey Pot Pie with Cheesy Biscuit Topping

Guests visiting Walt Disney World who are lucky enough to get a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table can enjoy this delicious pot pie recipe. This yummy comfort food makes a perfect main course the whole family will enjoy while watching the film. Note that this version only features a top crust. If you prefer your pot pie with crust on the top and the bottom, I recommend making two crusts. This recipe comes from the book Kitchen Magic with Mickey. Makes 8 servings, takes about 90 minutes to make.IMG_8014

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 5 cups cooked turkey, cut into cubes
  • ¼ tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ tsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp unsalted cold butter
  • 1 cup extra-sharp shredded cheddar
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

Ahead of this recipe, you need to cook and cube your turkey, chop all of your vegetables as well as the thyme and sage.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat and cook onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 8 minutes or until softened. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup flour and cook for 2 more minutes. Increase the heat to high and whisk in vegetable stock. When liquid begins to simmer, add turkey, thyme, sage and 1 tsp pepper. Let the mixture thicken, about 2-3 minutes. Turn stove off and let mixture rest as you make the dough.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine 2 cups flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ½ tsp pepper. Pulse to combine, then add 6 tbsp cold butter cut into smaller pieces, cheddar and Parmesan. Pulse about 5 times, holding down for 2 seconds each time. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in enough cream to make the dough fold together (you might not need to use the full 1 ½ cups). On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1-inch thickness and cut into 6 squares.

Pour the turkey mixture into a casserole dish and top with the dough squares, placing them ½ inch apart. Put the casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake for 23-25 minutes until biscuits are golden brown.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

With a “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo,” Cinderella was on her way to the ball in a beautiful pumpkin coach. Inspired by the Fairy Godmother’s favorite mode of transportation, this pumpkin cheesecake is sure to make you feel like you’re on your way to the ball with her. Makes about 6 servings and takes 90 minutes to cook, plus at least 3 hours to cool. Inspired by a recipe from

Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp melted butter


  • 24 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter, then pat it into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan (if using a springform pan, only go 2-inches up the sides). Bake for 5 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.

When the crust is cool, preheat the oven again to 350. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla extract. Add eggs, pumpkin and spices, beating until smooth. Pour into crust. Fill a baking dish with 2-inches of water (or less if your pie pan isn’t taller than two inches. Set the pie pan in the baking dish and place in the oven, baking for 1 hour.

When baking is done, remove the pie pan from the water and allow it to cool for at least an hour before moving to the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

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Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.



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