Although I’ve spent some time recently at Disneyland, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been to my former employer, Walt Disney World.
There have been several changes to Fantasyland since my time being a CP (College Program for those not in the know), and although I don’t have plans to visit anytime soon, I’m excited to see the new additions when I get the chance.
I think the most exciting part of the transformation is the inclusion of two new princess castles: Belle, and my all time favorite, Ariel.
Inside Belle’s castle is a new restaurant appropriately named Be Our Guest.
Just like the film, “Grey Stuff” is listed on the dessert menu.
I was curious to see what the Grey Stuff is made from, and it appears to be a mousse/buttercream frosting hybrid, sometimes served on top of a cupcake.
However, upon investigation, the grey stuff clearly isn’t a sweet treat.
According the picture below, it appears to be an authentic French pâté served on top of a buttery cracker.
Since I don’t care for traditional pâté and I’ve adopted a plant based lifestyle, I decided to make a vegan mushroom pâté instead.
The Chef de cuisine at Adam’s (also known as The Beast) castle chose to serve the grey stuff in a tea sandwich (shown above) as well, so I used sourdough since it’s vegan and garnished with a garlic filled green olive.
My favorite grey stuff – Zooey, my cat (picture above) was very interested in the (somewhat) strange appetizer, but the people (Walter and I) enjoyed the very flavorful tiny bites with a nice glass of full bodied red wine.
Try it, it’s delicious – and easy to make, despite the long recipe.
The Grey Stuff
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup dried porcini mushrooms
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 lb. baby bella mushrooms
- 2 tbsp. tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. chopped rosemary
- 1 tsp. light (mellow) miso
- 1/4 cup dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Vegan crackers of your choice (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)