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Friday, December 24, 2021

Trying Out the 50’s Prime Time Café’s Cranberry Chutney

 by Beth Keating



December 24, 2021


I had already served my own variation of homemade cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, but given that my family still wanted cranberry sauce with their baked ham for Christmas, I decided to pull out some old recipe books and see if I could come up with something just slightly different to accompany the meal.  

With Disney World’s 50th Anniversary festivities surrounding us at the parks this year, one of the books I pulled out was my old, beat-up copy of Cooking with Mickey (Gourmet Mickey Cookbook) Volume II: The Most Requested Recipes from Walt Disney World and Disneyland from somewhere around the year 2000.  It was a souvenir acquisition from a Disney trip during Disney’s millennium celebration, I think, and I love the history this book contains, because many of the restaurants in the book no longer exist.   


The recipe I eventually settled on for our Christmas meal was from the 50’s Prime Time Café, a personal favorite restaurant of our family, which I thought would make a nice detail to accompany the dish for our dining conversation.  I don’t know if they even serve this at Prime Time Café anymore, since I haven’t spotted it on recent menus. 

The recipe predates “Hollywood Studios,” and hails from when the park was still “Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park.”  If you’d like to accompany us on this little detour down Memory Lane, here’s the recipe, direct from the Cooking with Mickey cookbook.


(As a note, I ended up doubling the recipe for our family’s meal, because the original recipe does not make a tremendous amount of chutney. If you are serving more than 2-3 people, you’ll probably want a bigger batch.)


50’s Prime Time Café Cranberry Chutney



½ cup cranberries, frozen, thawed

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon ginger

½ teaspoon cloves

¼ cup water

¼ cup celery, finely diced 

¼ cup onion, finely diced 

1 medium apple, peeled, diced

2 tablespoons raisins


In a medium-size saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add all above ingredients except apples and raisins. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add apples and simmer for an additional 10 minutes, or until apples are soft. Remove from heat and stir in raisins while sauce is still hot. Cool thoroughly.


Serve as an accompaniment to turkey burgers or carved turkey.


(Or in our case, baked ham!)



Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.


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