MAKE IT AT HOME: EPCOT’s Biergarten Nudel Gratin Recipe

by | Apr 22, 2021 | EPCOT, Magic at Home, WDW Blog

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Can’t make it to the parks? Enjoy this comfort food classic, Nudel Gratin from EPCOT, at home with this recipe. Check it out below!

Today, I’m sharing one of my best kept secrets for where you can find the best classic comfort dish ever, macaroni and cheese, in Walt Disney World.

You can get mac and cheese at several eateries throughout the parks. But in my opinion, EPCOT’s Nudel Gratin, found in World Showcase at EPCOT at Germany’s Biergarten restaurant, is one of the best on property.

I found this copycat recipe from Oh My Disney, and thought I’d see how it measures up to the real deal. Feelin’ cheesy? Keep reading for my personal verdict of this at-home version of one of my all-time Disney faves, and learn how to make it yourself!

STEP 1: GET YOUR INGREDIENTS

A black display board is shown with a block of old white cheddar cheese and a block of swiss cheese

Photo by Esther Vallins

There are two kinds of cheese used in this recipe. We’ve got swiss cheese, and old white cheddar. Make sure you don’t skimp on the cheeses. Get the best quality you can afford. 

The recipe also calls for eggs, heavy cream, salt, white pepper, nutmeg, and of course, macaroni.

I know you may balk at the idea of two cups of heavy cream (which is the quantity called for in the recipe), but the heavy cream is important for giving the dish the custard-like consistency, so don’t go using milk on me! Promise?


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STEP 2: TAKE IT EASY, LET’S GET CHEESY

As is shown in the recipe, this dish is quite easy to put together. There aren’t too many ingredients, and few steps are required. 

However, one thing I did notice with the finished result, is that it wasn’t cheesy enough for my liking.

If you’re like me and you consider cheese to be the fifth (and most important) food group, I think you’re safe to add more shredded cheese than the recipe calls for, which is 4oz.

Next time, I may even double the cheese in the recipe. There’s a lot of pasta used in this recipe and it’s supposed to serve eight to ten people, so don’t be afraid to up the cheesiness.

STEP 3: COMBINE, BAKE, AND WAIT

A yellow bowl is shown containing the ingredients for the recipe, with a hand coming in from out of frame, holding a whisk in the bowl

Photo by Esther Vallins

Remember, we’re using cooked pasta here, not dry, so make sure you’ve got your macaroni cooked and drained before adding all of the ingredients together.

Also keep in mind, the recipe says to reserve one half of the shredded cheese. That’s not there for you to snack on (okay fine, maybe that’s more of a mental note to myself), but to be saved for after the macaroni has baked for thirty minutes, with the baking dish covered in foil.

Make sure you add that reserved cheese after removing the foil, and put it back in the oven without covering the dish back up. And, please remember your baking dish is still very hot! Use oven mitts to put it back in the oven (I almost didn’t out of forgetfulness).

When it’s all done and the dish comes out of the oven, it’s best to let it rest for five to ten minutes, so that everything solidifies properly. This nudel gratin should be a consistency that can be cut into squares, like a shepherd’s pie.

THE VERDICT: ‘CHEDDAR’ LUCK NEXT TIME

A big baking dish of baked macaroni is displayed, sitting on top of a black stove.

Photo by Esther Vallins

I definitely enjoyed this dish; however, if I am being completely honest, it did not truly strike me as a dead ringer copycat from Biergarten at EPCOT. The nudel gratin at the parks is quite a lot creamier and a lot cheesier, which I did not find so much with this recipe.

That being said, I think with a little more experimenting, I might be able to coax the recipe into being more reminiscent of the Disney dish. I will absolutely make this again, and as I suggested to you in step two, will double the cheese portions. I also think I will attempt some sort of roux, or a bechamel sauce to up the creaminess factor.


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Written by Esther Vallins

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Esther Vallins is a pretzel adoring childless millennial who loves ALL things Disney food, Disney fashion, and Disney Princesses! She is a Disney cosplayer who never misses a D23 Expo, a DVC member, and aspires to hold the world record for most Dole Whips ever eaten (with tajín!) by a single human. Chat with Esther on Instagram!
Esther Vallins

Written by Esther Vallins

Esther Vallins is a pretzel adoring childless millennial who loves ALL things Disney food, Disney fashion, and Disney Princesses! She is a Disney cosplayer who never misses a D23 Expo, a DVC member, and aspires to hold the world record for most Dole Whips ever eaten (with tajín!) by a single human. Chat with Esther on Instagram!