• My affiliate links won't hurt you, but they might help feed my kids. See my full disclosure policy in the main menu.

Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

Recipes pulled from the movie iinclude Slow Cooker Beef Ragout, Creamy Tomato Soup, Easy Peasy Braided Bread, and Vanilla Pudding Pie

My friends, the Lit Mama is rendered speechless.  I just do not have words.

Okay, yeah, I do, because I’m me, but seriously, y’all… Have you seen the live-action Beauty and the Beast yet?  Because I’m in love all over again.

Beauty and the Beast ties with Sleeping Beauty for being my all-time favorite Disney movie.  So much so that I drove my family nuts singing along with the DVD at my first viewing of the latest version.  I remembered every word.  Every. word.  I geeked out big time.

And Emma Watson rocked all the songs.  Who knew Hermione could sing?!   Plus, seeing Dan Stevens in anything at all makes me miss Downton Abbey a little less, and he played a beautiful Beast.  Emma Thompson tops my list of all-time favorite actors, and she rocked Mrs. Potts.  Kevin Kline as Crazy Old Maurice was endearing and Luke Evans made for a magnificent Gaston.  But I’m not going to lie–Josh Gad as LeFou just about stole the show from Evans.  He was perfect.

I’m gushing.  Sorry.

I loved it.  In fact, I wish I was watching it again right now.  I wish it was playing on a loop all the time like the animated version basically did when Big was a little and obsessed over one Disney movie at a time.  Why can’t we just act like children when we want to?!  I’m just sayin’.

Beauty and the Beast

The amazing thing about this film is that it followed the original almost perfectly.  I was afraid the songs would be left out, but they were all there, even Be Our Guest, which has been running through my head constantly for 2 days now.  But you know what’s cool about that song?  It practically gives us a menu for Dinner and a Movie.  I mean…

…Soup du jour, hot hors d’oeuvres, why we only live to serve!

…Beef ragout, cheese souffle, Pie and pudding on flambe!

Well, the soup du jour was obviously tomato in the film (or something that looked very like it) and since we can’t make every single thing listed in the song, I pulled a couple of things out of it and the seriously awesome-looking braided bread Belle and Beast had at every meal, and we’re so about to rock this thing.  Your littles will feel so fancy eating food that gets mentioned in a song about a French castle.  Yeah yeah.

Dinner

Recipes pulled from the movie iinclude Slow Cooker Beef Ragout, Creamy Tomato Soup, Easy Peasy Braided Bread, and Vanilla Pudding Pie

Easy Peasy Braided Bread

Easy Peasy Braided Bread Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

What you need:

What you do:

  • While heating the water, mix the next 4 ingrediets in a large bowl or mixer
  • Cut in Crisco
  • Add egg and mix well
  • Add water
  • Mix until dough pulls away from bowl
  • Turn out onto floured surface and knead for 5 minutes
  • Coat bowl with oil and return dough to bowl, turning to coat all sides
  • Cover bowl and place in a warm, draft-free spot to rise for 5 minutes
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Punch down
  • Pull dough into about 10 pieces
  • With your hands, roll each piece into a 12-inch long strip
  • Fold each strip in half
  • Starting at the folded center, lay one side over the other in a braid
  • Grease a cookie sheet and place braided dough on it
  • Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 30 minutes
  • Brush with melted butter
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

Creamy Tomato Soup

Creamy Tomato Soup Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

What you need:

  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3 cups tomatoes, chopped (you can used canned, but fresh is oh so much better)

What you do:

  • Melt the butter in a soup pot
  • Add onion, celery, carrots, and pepper and stir over medium heat until softened
  • Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds more
  • Sprinkle flour over the butter mixture and continue to stir and cook for 1-2 minutes
  • Slowly add the milk, stirring as you add
  • Add the bay leaf, sugar, and salt, and continue to cook until slightly thickened
  • Stir the baking soda into the tomatoes (this will keep the milk from curdling)
  • Add tomatoes to the milk and bring to just a simmer
  • Remove from heat
  • Allow to sit for a few minutes to 30 minutes to allow flavors to soak in to creamy broth
  • Strain into a bowl
  • Reheat before serving in individual bowls

This soup is soooo good.  I’m telling you–use fresh tomatoes, it gives it such a fresh, summery flavor.

Slow Cooker Beef Ragout with Egg Noodles

Slow Cooker Beef Ragout Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

What you need:

  • 3-4 lb beef roast, cut in half
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 14 oz can diced or crushed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 16-oz bag egg noodles
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

What you do:

  • Line slow cooker with sliced onions, crushed garlic, and chopped carrot
  • Place roast halves atop vegetables
  • Pour tomatoes and beef broth over meat
  • Add herbs to liquid
  • Cook on low 9 hours (you can, of course, cook on high for 4 1/2 hours, but I don’t recommend it.  This dish really does call for the slow cooking–it just makes the meat so very tender)
  • Discard bay leaves
  • Shred beef in pot with 2 forks
  • Cook noodles according to package directions; drain and return to pot
  • Add beef and juices from slow cooker to noodles
  • Cook on high heat, stirring until pasta, beef, and sauce are combined, about 1 minute
  • Serve on plates topped with Parmesan cheese

Dessert

Vanilla Pudding Pie

Vanilla Pudding Pie Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Beauty and the Beast

I mean, pudding… it’s a thing in this film.  And this simple pie will have your littles smiling all night.

What you need:

  • 2  3 1/2-oz boxes instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • (or you could just by a 9-inch graham cracker pie crust and be done!)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

What you do:

  • Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter together until well-blended
  • Press graham cracker mixture into a greased 9-inch pie plate
  • Whisk pudding mixes and milk together until thick and creamy
  • Pour pudding into crust
  • Chill until firm
  • Top with whipped cream

I have to stop here and tell you that while both Disney versions of Beauty and the Beast rock my socks off, don’t forget to read the actual fairy tale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in the 1700s.  Because story.

You know.

Course… by… course…

one by one…

till you shout ENOUGH I’M DONE!

Enjoy your amazing family night!

Love wins,

KT

Looking for more family fun movie nights?  Check out:

Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them includes recipes for

Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse has all the recipes you need for a seafood meal while you watch the family film. Fried catfish, buttered shrimp, hush puppies, and butterscotch bread are on the menu.

Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

Dinner and a Movie: Middle School - Recipes for a fun meal to have while you watch the family film

Dinner and a Movie: Middle School

Dinner and a Movie: Miss Peregriine's Home for Peculiar Children - Suggestions and recipes for a family movie night

Dinner and a Movie: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass - Get recipes for a full film-themed meal to enjoy with your family while watching the movie

Dinner and a Movie: Alice Through the Looking Glass

KT Brison
Follow me!

KT Brison

KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
KT Brison
Follow me!

Latest posts by KT Brison (see all)

About KT Brison

KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.

Bookmark the permalink.

16 Comments

  1. I haven’t seen this one! Thanks for the encouragement to do it soon!
    Michele Morin recently posted…The Work of HomeMy Profile

  2. This is such a great idea! Love how you’re inspired by the live action Beauty and the Beast. I’m a fan too! The recipes look wonderful. So glad I found your blog today!
    Laura recently posted…Mom’s Sick Kid Kit for the CarMy Profile

  3. I can’t believe I still haven’t seen this movie yet. Must.see.it.asap!!! Thanks so much for linking this up at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina
    Tina at Mommynificent recently posted…None So Blind by Chautona Havig: Book Review and GiveawayMy Profile

  4. I haven’t seen the movie yet but the recipes look delicious.Thanks so much for linking up and sharing with us at #overthemoon link party. I’ve shared on social media. Have a great week and see you at the next OTM.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    http://www.sizzlingtowardssixty.com.au
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond recently posted…Pick your Battles & Set your Priorites for good mental health- Guest Post by Debbie HarrisMy Profile

  5. Gotta love Dinner and a Movie! We watched B&B last week – definitely a favorite with my girls now – the animated has been at the top of the charts in our household since I took our oldest daughter to see it opening day in the theaters!
    thanks for the review, and the recipes!

  6. I have yet to watch this film and I am dying to! I am a huge Beauty and the Beast fan. Dinner sounds delicious!
    Mother of 3 recently posted…Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week It Felt Like SummerMy Profile

  7. Isn’t pudding the only thing she got to eat? LOL we love this movie!
    Jen recently posted…Family Friday Link-Up Party #30My Profile

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge