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


Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them includes recipes for Southern Fried Pork Chops, Parslied Potatoes, Honey-Glazed Carrots, Yummiest Apple Strudel, and Polish Donuts

Have you seen it yet?  Because wow.  Yeah yeah.

I wondered how they were going to make a film out of a book that was basically an encyclopedia of the beasts from the world of Harry Potter.  I should have known it was going to be fantabulous.

I ain’t lyin’, I’m a huge Potter fan and I think they did an excellent job with the films, but I may have liked this even better.  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical film that has all the good stuff: wizards, muggles, super sinister bad guys, and kids that get caught up in something they don’t understand.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The film follows Newt Scamander as he arrives in New York City to continue his work researching and rescuing magical creatures.  The problem is there has been a ban in the United States on magical creatures.  From the minute Newt steps off the boat he is embroiled in the problems of the U.S. wizarding world.  And there are a lot of problems.

The dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald is on the loose, wreaking havoc on the wizarding world.  The muggle (called no-mag in the U.S.) world is getting nervous about wizards and the New Salem Philanthropic Society is spreading the word that they are real and dangerous.

Oh, and there’s something large and destructive and unnatural destroying the city bit by bit.

When Newt’s creatures start to escape his case, he has to enlist the help of no-mag Jacob Kowalski and demoted Auror Tina Goldstein to help gather them up.

But there are dark forces at work in the city, and Newt’s adventure turns out to be more than just shoving enormous creatures into tiny suitcases.

It’s awesome.  I’m just sayin’.

A Magical Meal

Southern Fried Pork Chops, Parslied Potatoes, and Honey-Glazed Carrots for Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

When Newt and Jacob arrive at Tina’s apartment and meet her sister, Queenie, Tina and Queenie magically prepare a meal for them.  You can recreate that meal for your littles to eat while they’re watching.  So. much. fun.


Southern fried pork chops, parslied potatoes, carrots, and strudel, anyone?  I mean, it’ll take a little more work than it took the Goldstein sisters, but this meal is delicious and magical in and of itself.

Southern Fried Pork Chops

Southern Fried Pork Chops Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This is a great way to get a crisp outer coating without ending up with a greasy chop.  It is absolutely my favorite way to have pork chops.

What you need:

  • 4-6 boneless pork chops
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil for frying

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease a slotted broiling pan; set aside
  • In a small bowl, mix eggs and milk thoroughly
  • In a large bowl, mix flour, cornmeal, bread crumbs, and spices
  • Heat oil to 375F (you can use a deep fryer or a skillet for this)
  • Dredge pork chops one at a time in flour mixture
  • Dip in egg mixture
  • Dredge in flour mixture again
  • If using a skillet, fry chops for 1-2 minutes per side until breading is crisped
  • If using a deep fryer, fry chops for 2 minutes each
  • Remove chops to broiling pan, setting them over slots to drain as they bake
  • Bake 25 minutes

Parslied Potatoes

Parslied Potatoes Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What you need:

  • 12-16 small new potatoes or 6 medium potatoes, scrubbed and peeled
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste (my secret for potatoes of any kind is Cavender’s Greek Seasoning)

What you do:

  • If using medium potatoes, cut into 4 chunks each
  • Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water
  • Bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to medium and gently boil for 15-20 minutes until tender when pierced with a fork
  • Drain
  • Add butter one tablespoon at a time, parsley, salt and pepper (or Cavender’s!)
  • Shake pan to coat potatoes

Honey-glazed carrots

Honey-Glazed Carrots for Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What you need:

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Salt to taste

What you do:

  • Place carrots in a saucepan
  • Cover with cold water
  • Bring to a boil over high heat
  • Reduce heat to medium and boil for 15 minutes until tender when pierced with fork
  • Drain
  • Salt if you want to
  • Add butter and honey, stirring gently to coat


I mean, apple strudel?  Come On.  When I saw this dessert basically preparing itself in the movie, my mouth watered.  If you’re kids are fans of the toaster kind, one of us is about to become their hero.

But I mean, you take the credit.  Of course.

Yummiest Apple Strudel Ever

Yummiest Apple Strudel Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What you need:


  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon + 1/4 cup granulated sugar, mixed
  • 1/2 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • 4 Tbsp butter, divided
  • 5 sheets frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
  • For Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 3/4 Tbsp milk

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Unfold phyllo pastry and cover with a damp towel, keeping unused sheets covered as you work
  • Melt two tablespoons butter
  • Separate one sheet and lay on parchment paper
  • Lightly brush with butter
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar mixture
  • Repeat with remaining sheets, layering atop one another as you go
  • Place apple mixture on top of phyllo stack, covering about 1/3 of the rectangle and leaving a 2-inch border at the end
  • Cover with crushed shortbread cookies
  • Cut remaining 2 tablespoons into pieces and dot mixture with pieces
  • Gently lift edge of phyllo border and fold phyllo over mixture
  • Fold sides over edges
  • Continue rolling until phyllo is completely sealed, leaving seam on the bottom
  • Place on baking sheet
  • Bake 30 minutes or until golden brown
  • Mix powdered sugar and milk to make glaze
  • Drizzle glaze over strudel
  • Cut into slices to serve


If the strudel didn’t give you enough of a sugar overload, you have to try one of these amazing jelly-filled donuts that are just like the ones Jacob offers the bank loan officer at the beginning of the film.

Oh, and these are the real deal, so you might want to make them the day before.  It takes a while, but it’s worth it.

Paczki (Polish Donuts)

Pasckis (Polish Donuts) Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

What you need:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 packages active dry yeast (4 1/2 tsp)
  • 3/4 cup sugar + a pinch of sugar
  • 5-6 cups flour, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1  1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • Oil for frying
  • Your choice fruit preserves for filling
  • Powdered sugar for coating (you could even use what’s left of the cinnamon/sugar mix from the strudel to coat)

What you do:

  • Heat milk to 110F
  • Pour into mixing bowl
  • Stir in yeast; let stand 5-10 minutes until bubbly
  • Add 2 cups flour to yeast mixture
  • Stir with a wooden spoon until a smooth batter forms
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm spot for 30 minutes
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the egg and yolks till pale and frothy, about 3 minutes
  • Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt to the eggs and whisk till thoroughly combined
  • With a dough hook, mix the egg mixture and the yeast mixture till mostly combined
  • Add the melted butter and mix
  • Add 3 cups flour to mixture, one cup at a time
  • Knead until it comes together in a soft, sticky dough
  • If necessary, add another cup of flour, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough forms
  • Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set in a warm spot until double in size (about 45 minutes)
  • Remove dough from bowl and turn out on a floured work surface
  • Use your fingers to push the dough out into an even layer
  • Sprinkle flour over dough and roll it out to 1/2 inch thick
  • Use a 3-inch biscuit or cookie cutter to cut out dough
  • Transfer rounds to parchment paper-lined baking sheets
  • Cover sheets loosely with plastic and let rise about 30 minutes, till double in size
  • Preheat deep fryer or heat at least 1 1/2 inches of oil to 350F in  heavy-bottomed pot
  • Place paczkis into grease with plenty of room (my fryer fit 4 at a time) around them and fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds per side
  • No really, they float, so you have to turn them
  • Remove from oil with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined tray
  • Allow to cool enough to handle
  • Use a piping bag with a fill tip to pipe preserves into the sides of the paczkis
  • Roll in powdered sugar

Okay, 1) I never said it was going to be the healthiest meal, and 2) just… OMG.  Planning this meal out for you was one thing, but preparing it and then eating it?


Love wins,




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  1. Haven’t seen this one yet. Love all of the food ideas. 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays.
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  2. Thank you for sharing your wonderful post at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Like someone in person today! We hope you’ll come back again next Sunday when we open our doors at 6:00 PM EST. Pinned and tweeted!

  3. YUM! My husband took two of my boys to the movies to see this when it was released and we just rented it last weekend so my third son and myself could see it. My husband preferred Fantastic Beasts to Harry Potter as well but I had a hard time getting into it & I just LOVE Harry Potter.
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    • I feel like I would live well in Rowling’s well. I would totally get along just fine in Fantastic Beasts or Harry Potter. So they can just keep making movies. lol Because I’ve read all the books already. 3 times.

  4. Oh, my goodness, this looks like fun. I haven’t seen the movie yet. Now I’m going to have to get it and share dinner and a movie with the family. Thank you!

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