Dinner and a Movie: 11 Tasty Recipes Inspired by Iconic Film Scenes

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There’s only one thing better than watching an iconic food movie scene: eating the featured dish alongside the characters on your screen. From the epic grilled cheese in Chef to the drool-worthy pies in Waitress, we’ve rounded up a menu of famous foods to make at home and enjoy while watching the film they appeared in. 

We also included the soundtracks of each film as a special ingredient, so you can “whistle while you work” away in your kitchen. These dinner and movie pairings will make your next night in extra delightful (and extra delicious) — happy cooking and watching! 

Serendipity’s Frozen Hot Chocolate 

Serendipity is a hopelessly romantic holiday movie about a pair, played by Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack, who believe that fate will bring them back together after a meet cute while Christmas shopping. In one of the early scenes, they sip frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity restaurant in New York City. Enjoy the sweet movie and a sweet treat with this three-ingredient frozen hot chocolate (plus whipped cream). 

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Stream Serendipity on Amazon Prime Video

Ratatouille’s Ratatouille

For a cozy night with a heavy serving of charm, pair the classic Pixar film with ratatouille. This ratatouille recipe combines zucchini, peppers, eggplant, and marscapone cheese for a veggie-packed comfort dish reminiscent of the one Remy makes in the movie. 

Tip: Use the freshest ingredients available to make the recipe as Remy would. As the cartoon protagonist says, “If you are what you eat, then I only want to eat the good stuff.”

Listen to the soundtrack
Stream Ratatouille on Disney+

Birds of Prey’s Breakfast Sandwich

“Egg! Bacon! American cheese! Soft, toasted, buttered roll! Just a dash of hot sauce!” These are the ingredients for Harley Quinn’s perfect breakfast sandwich in Birds of Prey, a wild, wacky, and action-packed superhero movie starring Margot Robbie. 

Listen to the soundtrack
Stream Birds of Prey on Max

Waitress’ Pie

It’s arguably impossible to watch Waitress and not crave pie. Get ahead of those cravings and make one of the recipes from Jenna’s Pie Palace for yummy treats inspired by the dessert-filled and delightful movie and musical. 

The marshmallow mermaid pie and sweet victory pie check all the sweet boxes. And the spaghetti pie and bad baby pie offer something savory. 

Listen to the soundtrack
Stream Waitress on Disney+

Julie and Julia’s Boeuf Bourguignon 

Embrace your inner Julia Child and re-create her boeuf bourguignon: a savory stew that requires patience and prep, but rewards you with a hearty melt-in-your-mouth dish. (Click here to watch her make it on The French Chef.) Then, complement your meal with a viewing of Julie & Julia, the film inspired by the witty chef, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams.

If you’re feeling inspired to cook more after watching the movie, put sole meunière on your recipe wish list. It’s the dish that famously made Child fall in love with French cuisine. 

Listen to the soundtrack
Stream Julie & Julia on Amazon Prime Video 

The Princess and the Frog’s Gumbo 

In the beginning of The Princess and the Frog, Tiana bonds with her dad by making gumbo. Make an at-home version of this warm and comforting Southern stew with this Kitchn recipe — and then share it with loved ones, just like Tiana did.  

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Stream The Princess and the Frog on Disney+

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Chef’s Cubanos and Grilled Cheese

With the title Chef, it’s no surprise this movie is filled with many mouthwatering food scenes. But the centerpiece of the film is the cubanos, Cuban sandwiches made with meat, cheese, and pickles. Use the official cubano sandwich recipe to get as close to the movie version as possible.

Prefer to skip the meat? Make the grilled cheese that combines four different cheeses and takes less than 10 minutes to whip up. Click here for the recipe.

Listen to the soundtrack
Stream Chef on Hulu

Tampopo’s Ramen

Transport your senses to Japan with a bowl of ramen and a viewing of Tampopo: A movie about food, family, and ramen. There’s no shortage of recipes to make the noodle dish, ranging from miso ramen to tonkotsu ramen depending on your preferences. Short on time? Instant noodles are always an option in a pinch — and we especially love noodles from Momofuku

Listen to music from the film
Stream Tampopo on Amazon Prime Video

The Hundred-Foot Journey’s Masala Omelette 

Bring the drool-worthy omelette from The Hundred-Foot Journey to life. This masala omelette recipe combines eggs with a variety of spices and herbs for a unique take on a familiar breakfast favorite. A beautiful reminder that sometimes unlikely combinations are the best ones. 

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Stream The Hundred Foot Journey on Amazon Prime Video

Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Nutmeg Ginger Apple Snaps

Fans of Fantastic Mr. Fox know Mrs. Bean’s nutmeg ginger apple snaps are sinfully irresistible. Make your own sweet treat with this recipe from Rushmore Academy. We suggest adding apple cider into the mix to go all out.

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Stream Fantastic Mr. Fox on Hulu

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Lady and the Tramp’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

Immerse yourself in one of the most beloved food scenes of all time with a pairing of Lady and the Tramp and spaghetti and meatballs. Classic? Check. Delicious and cozy? Check and check. This five-star recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen will have you clearing your plate down to the very last noodle, just like Lady and Tramp.  

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Stream Lady and the Tramp on Disney+

Bonus: Easy Treats to Pair with Fan-Favorite Flicks 

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  • E.T. + Reese’s Pieces
  • The Wedding Planner + Peanut M&M’S (just the brown ones)
  • Parent Trap + Oreos dipped in peanut butter
  • Scooby Doo + Scooby snacks
  • Forrest Gump + Chocolate truffles 
  • Home Alone + Pizza
  • The Martian + French fries (or anything with potatoes)
  • The Sandlot + S’mores
  • The Goonies + Ice cream