Everyone knows someone obsessed with Mickey or Minnie. Or Donald. Or Daffy. The list goes on. And hey, it’s not always a tot who is smitten with the crew. We know full-on adults who have Minnie collectibles in every room.
For those people, welcome to our knockout new Disney collection. On the (adorably) accessible end, you’ve got your hilarious Mickey Mouse oven mitts, which will cause giggles every time you pull them on. (Wear with the matching apron for the full effect!)
And for Disney fans who want to take a deeper dive into the Mickey theme, there’s vintage Mickey, high-fiving the world and looking happy as can be, on a gorgeous SMEG refrigerator. Black and white and classic as a favorite old film, it’s just the thing to put a smile on your face every time you open the refrigerator door.
There’s so much more, from cute “Mickey ears” pancake molds and a cute-as-can-be Mickey Cookie Jar to a charming Minnie water bottle and the sweetest spatula, so get ahead of the holidays and get your orders in now! These are going to fly off the shelves faster than Dumbo.
Also in the collection are a pair of Disney Mickey Mouse™ Ramekins (below) made in collaboration with the genius minds at Le Creuset—the perfect vessels for wowing kids both big and small at the table. What better dish to serve in them than a grown-up, triple-cheese macaroni and cheese? This recipe comes to us from Disney Eats: More Than 150 Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Inspired Fun, an inspiring new cookbook from Disney Publishing dedicated to bringing some fun into everything you cook. From healthy snacks like a Minnie Mouse–inspired crudité platter and savory dinners such as Mulan’s Blossom Stir-Fry to Disney-themed bento box lunches and Frozen Banana Dalmatian Pops, the recipes in this book are full of creative possibility.
Disney Eats Mac and Cheese
The secret to a creamy mac and cheese starts with the sauce—in this case a basic béchamel made by heating and whisking together flour, butter, and milk until rich and velvety. Blended with a trio of cheeses and an unexpected shell-shaped pasta, it’s islands away from the boxed stuff.
3⁄4 pound medium pasta shells
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for boiling the pasta
5 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing the pan
5 tablespoons flour
21⁄2 cups whole milk
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
1 cup shredded Gruyère
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
3 tablespoons panko bread crumbs, lightly toasted
1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season generously with salt, then add the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package directions.
2. Grease an 8-inch baking dish or two 5-inch ramekins with butter. In a high-sided heavy-bottom pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Whisking continuously, slowly pour in the milk, a little at a time. Continue to whisk until the mixture is smooth and has thickened slightly, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in the salt.
3. In a large bowl, combine the pasta and roux. Stir to coat evenly. Add the cheese and blend evenly once more. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish(es). Scatter the panko over the pasta. Bake until bubbly and the topping is golden brown, about 30 minutes. Serves 6 to 8.
Ingredient SWAP: We prefer the flavor of sharp cheddar in our mac, but if you like more subtle flavors, you can also use mild cheddar.
Recipe excerpted from Disney Eats by Joy Howard (October, 2020)