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Disney Cruise’s Pizza at Home!

Family vacations are a great opportunity to bring home the assorted memories, photos, and souvenirs of adventure. A trip with Disney Cruise Line is no exception, but the fun doesn’t stop there! I’m talking about food, people—wonderful, magical food. Recipes and culinary inspiration are postcards for the soul. Also, stomach.

We sailed on the Disney Magic, which was amazing. Tricia and I dined at the ship’s fanciest, no kids allowed (they’d rather be in the youth clubs anyway) restaurant called Palo. The brunch costs an additional $20 per person over the otherwise inclusive dining, but it is the best $20 per person that you may ever spend. Yes, it’s that good. And it’s 20 bucks, quit being such a tightwad.

While my wife and I enjoyed every single thing about our Palo experience, the one dish that really surprised us was a grape and Gorgonzola pizza. Grapes on a pizza? It was so crazy that we had to try it, and it was incredible. Who knew?

Disney. Disney knew.

Once we got home we decided to make our own grape and Gorgonzola pizza, hence the title of this post; however, this time we did it for the children.

Here is how we made our version of the Disney Cruise Line’s grape and Gorgonzola pizza from Palo in seven easy steps, plus a couple more that were probably unnecessary:

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  • Pizza dough
  • red grapes
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • a bit of oil (olive, grapeseed, or your favorite)

Step 1: The pizza dough. There are many healthy and helpful options for creating your own pizza dough—ours included picking up a pre-made bag at our local Trader Joe’s. The dough will need to rest for about 20 minutes, and this is the perfect time to preheat your oven to 350º as one does.

It is also a good idea to heat your pizza stone (if that’s what you are using) prior to placing the pizza upon it. We placed our pizza stone in the oven during the preheat process. Two birds, one pizza stone. (No birds were harmed in the making of this pizza.)

Extra points if the dough is the EXACT SAME COLOR as the marble slab you are using to roll said dough upon.

Step 2: The rolling part. Roll the pizza dough into the shape of your choice, we went with round as that is the shape of our pizza stone. Also, put your dough on a pizza stone (remember, it’s hot). Dribble a bit of oil on the dough—olive oil might be readily available, but we went with grapeseed oil because a) it is supposed to be healthier, and b) you know, grapes.

Step 3: The toppings. Technically, this step can be done at any time prior to this very moment. All you need are the red grapes of your choice (the juicier the better) and some Gorgonzola cheese. Cut the grapes in half. Do not, and I cannot stress this enough, do not cut the cheese.

Note, this pizza does not have any sauce and it isn’t needed. Trust me on this.

Make sure you have the toppings prepared at any time prior to the next two steps, because they will be important. Can you guess what they are?

Step 4: Getting cheesy. If you guessed that the next step was placing Gorgonzola cheese all over the rolled and oiled dough, well congratulations—you’re a regular whichever celebrity chef you like.

But I digress, this is what you do: Release yourself from the constraints of society and spread cheese as freely as your little heart desires. Repeat as needed.

Step 5: Hear it through the grapevine. This is where you put the grapes, flat side down, all over your cheese-covered pizza dough. Even spacing is not required unless you are my son, apparently.

Also, the kids will probably enjoy this video about grapes, but you may not and for that I apologize.

Step 6: Into the oven. As you might recall from the beginning of this slideshow (and when you took your hot pizza stone out), the oven is now ready to get involved in the process. Don’t tease it.

Put the pizza in for at least 10-15 minutes (ovens will vary), but check it often for golden crust and melted cheese—that’s when it is done.

Step 7: Take the pizza from the oven. That’s pretty much all you do in this step. Be careful, it’s hot.

Step 8: Breaking the news. It’s different and kind of weird, so the kids will either think a grape pizza sounds gross or that it is somewhat frightening. Assure them otherwise.

Some kids will need more assuring than others.

Step 10: Grape and Gorgonzola pizza is good. And the kids love it!

Everybody wins.

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Please note, this is NOT the official recipe from DCL, but our own spin on the item.  

My family and I were guests of Disney Cruise Line, all opinions are our own.



Whit Honea is the author of “The Parents’ Phrase Book” and co-founder of the philanthropic organization Dads 4 Change. He is the Social Media Director/Community Manager of the Dad 2.0 Summit. His writing can be found at Fandango, GeekDad, Disney, Today, Good Housekeeping, City Dads Group, Stand Magazine, The Washington Post and several other popular publications. He previously covered travel for Orbitz, CBS and AOL, and served as Editor of Family Travel for UpTake. Deemed “the activist dad” by UpWorthy and one of the “funniest dads on Twitter” by Mashable, Whit has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is the 2015 winner of the Iris Award for Best Writing.

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