New First Course offering at California Grill

We recently had the pleasure of eating at the California Grill for the first time. We will get to a review of the whole experience in an upcoming post, but we wanted to mention a new first course that our server said was added to the menu May 30th.

The Squash Blossom “Oscar” with Petite Crab Cakes, Farmer Jones’ Asparagus, and Sauce Bearnaise. Yes, to some I am sure this sounds strange, especially when you realize you will be eating a whole squash blossom, including the flower.

Squash Blossom Oscar at California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort

Squash Blossom Oscar at Disney’s California Grill

The squash blossom is stuffed with provolone, asiago, and parmesan cheeses and tempura battered. The proportions of the three cheeses was perfect, with no one flavor overwhelming another, and the tempura was light and crispy. The Crab Cakes were made with fresh chives, tarragon, and lemon, and just enough mayonaise to hold the crab together. Our server made sure to mention that there was NOT any bread crumb filler in these crab cakes. They were lightly pan fried and served over the bearnaise, instead of smothered in it.

Squash Blossom Oscar with Crab Cakes and Asparagus at Disney's California Grill

Squash Blossom Oscar with Crab Cakes and Asparagus at Disney’s California Grill

Since there was two of everything, this was a perfect first course for the two of us to share. We were equally impressed with how wonderful this selection was and it is always nice to see Disney maintaining the menus with unique and seasonal offerings. Speaking of seasonal, I imagine that squash blossoms don’t stay in season for long, so if this sounds like something you want to try don’t wait too long!

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