Sweet Potato Pancakes With Pecan Honey Butter from Boatwright's at Disney's Port Orleans Resort

Food historians tell us that the pancake is one of mankind's oldest forms of bread.

So is it any wonder it is a breakfast favorite in many cuisines?

This recipe is from the kitchen at Boatwright's at Disney's Port Orleans Resort. Sweet Potato Pancakes With Pecan Honey Butter captures all the seasonal flavors from the earthiness of the spuds to the nutty topping.

Yield: 12-15 pancakes.

Ingredients:

Pancakes:

1 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 cups milk
3 each eggs
6 Tblsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
12-oz. can sweet potato (canned or frozen), mashed

Pecan honey butter:

1 stick butter (at room temperature)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup toasted pecans


Instructions:

1. To make pecan honey butter, combine butter, honey and toasted pecans. Set aside.

2. To make the pancakes, combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir in milk and beaten eggs. Add oil and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Fold in the mashed sweet potatoes (should result in a lumpy texture).

3. In a small nonstick frying pan, heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil over medium heat. Pour in batter to desired size. Cook until dark brown (sweet potato pancakes take a little longer to cook than regular pancakes because of the density of the sweet potatoes).

4. Serve pancakes warm with pecan honey butter.

The restaurant:

Boatwright's is at Disney's Port Orleans Resort in Lake Buena Vista. The full-service, casual restaurant was inspired by a shipbuilder's paradise. Boatwright's menu has a Southern flair with down-home specialties for breakfast and dinner.

Orecchiette Pasta With Chicken from Spoodles at Disney's Boardwalk Resort

The world of pasta includes many shapes and sizes. This recipe is from the kitchen of Spoodles at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. The chef has shared her recipe for Orecchiette Pasta With Chicken. Pronounced oh-rayk-kee-EHT-tay, the name means "little ears" in Italian and describes the tiny disk-shaped pasta. If you can't find orecchiette in your supermarket, you can substitute small shell-shaped pasta.

Yield: 3 to 4 servings.

Ingredients:

1 Tblsp olive oil
1 lb. chicken breast, cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
1 Tblsp chopped garlic
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1/2 cup diced roasted red pepper
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
2 Tblsp peas
2 Tblsp thinly sliced, stemmed pepperoncini peppers
1 Tblsp capers
2 Tblsp pepperoncini juice
1 cup chicken broth
1 Tblsp marinara sauce
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed
6 cups cooked orecchiette pasta, 3/4 lb.
2 cups fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 Tblsp Parmesan cheese


Instructions:

1. Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Chill and set aside.

2. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Once skillet is hot, place olive oil in pan. Add chicken and saut� until thoroughly cooked. Add the garlic and saut� until the garlic starts to brown, Add the tomatoes, red peppers, olives, peas, pepperoncini peppers and capers. Continue to saut� for 1 minute. Pour the chicken broth, pepperoncini juice and marinara sauce into the vegetable and chicken mixture.

3. Add the cooked pasta with the spinach and feta cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Add pepper flakes. Toss ingredients together until heated through.

4. To serve, ladle into serving bowls. Top each with a sprinkling of Parmesan.

The restaurant:

Spoodles is at Disney's Boardwalk Resort. This Disney restaurant offers true Mediterranean cuisine, not just Italian. This is not for the steak-and-potatoes crowd, it's for the adventurous diner. The tapas-oriented menu is perfect for sampling the authentic dishes of the Mediterranean countries. Order a tableful of small dishes and share them all -- everything is wonderful.