Restaurant Recipes - Popular Restaurant Recipes you can make at Home: Copykat.com http://www.copykat.com CopyKat Recipes - You have loved that recipe in the restaurant, now make that recipe at home. Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:20:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Oven Roasted Asparagushttp://www.copykat.com/2015/03/01/oven-roasted-asparagus/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/03/01/oven-roasted-asparagus/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:24:01 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18730 Oven Roasted Asparagus is a dish that is so easy to make you will soon be purchasing only fresh asparagus. You do not need to buy asparagus in a can...

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Oven Roasted Asparagus is a dish that is so easy to make you will soon be purchasing only fresh asparagus. You do not need to buy asparagus in a can or even frozen, you can cook fresh, it is so easy to prepare.

Prepare oven roasted asparagus from CopyKat.com

The spring is the perfect time for fresh oven roasted asparagus. Asparagus is in the grocery store, and it is so often on sale during the spring. It is the perfect time to try your hand at preparing asparagus for the first time. Armed with just a few tips on buying fresh asparagus you too can be making wonderful oven roasted asparagus.

Asparagus Buying Tips

Don’t just pick up the first bunch of asparagus you find in the store. Take care with a few pointers you can pick up a wonderful bunch of asparagus. I always like to grab a bunch of asparagus, when I do, I like to turn it over. If the steams are dry, but that bunch down. Better grocers store their asparagus upright in ice or water. You want asparagus that is fully hydrated. Think of asparagus like a bunch of flowers. Now, there is a little trick you can do if the steams are a little dry, you can nip off the bottom 3/8 inch and then place the stems in water for about an hour or so and the stems will pull up the water.

I always like to look for thin stems. I want the tips of the asparagus to be nice and tight. The thin stems are more tender than the ticker stalks. If only the thicker stems are available, you can still use them, but be sure to trim off the woody portions. They will make good soup.

Cooking tips for asparagus

Just before cooking asparagus you must prep it just a bit. I like to trim off the last two inches or so of the asparagus. If you want to be more scientific about where to cut the asparagus just give it a little bend and where it snaps in two pieces separates the more tender stalk stalk. If you want to be super fancy you can use a vegetable peeler, and peel the skin off the asparagus. This is a good thing to do if the stalks are on the thick side.

More Asparagus Recipes

Longhorn Steakhouse Encrusted Asparagus
Olive Garden Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
Swiss Asparagus CasseroleAsparagus Hollandaise Tarts

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Olive Garden Chicken & Shrimp Carbonarahttp://www.copykat.com/2015/02/24/olive-garden-chicken-and-shrimp-carbonara/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/02/24/olive-garden-chicken-and-shrimp-carbonara/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:31:27 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18724 Olive Garden Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is a recipe that features the very familiar flavors of carbonara, but this recipe adds a unique touch of chicken tenders and shrimp for...

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Olive Garden Chicken and Shrimp Carbonara is a recipe that features the very familiar flavors of carbonara, but this recipe adds a unique touch of chicken tenders and shrimp for an update on this classic pasta dish.

Olive Garden Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara recipe from CopyKat.com

If you have been to the Olive Garden you may have found this new menu item, the chicken and shrimp carbonara is a new favorite of many people like yourself. Sautéed seasoned chicken, shrimp and bucatini pasta tossed in a creamy carbonara sauce with bacon and roasted red peppers, is a dish you won’t want to miss. If you like Alfredo sauce, you will enjoy this recipe. I have often made a quick dinner of Alfredo sauce and pasta, but this recipe turns this up just a notch.

The pasta in this recipe is bucatini, bucatini is a hollow spaghetti. If you do not have bucatini available you can use regular spaghetti. I like to use bucatini when I can it adds a unique texture to the pasta. I have found bucatini at Kroger, it is part of their Private Selections brand. Other ingredients in this recipe are heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, Romano cheese, lean bacon, red bell peppers, chicken, and shrimp. The chicken is first breaded and then sauteed in a pan. I lightly cook my shrimp and stir them into the sauce.

The last step is this recipe requires you to place one beaten egg into the cooked pasta and sauce. The residual heat of the pasta will cook the egg. If this makes you concerned you can buy eggs that are already pasteurized, a brand of these are Safest Choice that are sold in many grocery stores. You will want to stir the egg in quickly as you don’t want the eggs to curdle.

The origin of this dish is originally a simple dish made of pasta, eggs, cheese, bacon or ham, and lots of black pepper. This recipe is slightly different it has a creamy Parmesan sauce. Other ingredients are also added, this has chicken, shrimp, and red peppers. So this dish is more hearty, and slightly more updated. I think the additions are good and you will enjoy them in this copycat for the Olive Garden chicken and shrimp carbonara.

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Opal Apple Pie Tacoshttp://www.copykat.com/2015/02/18/opal-apple-pie-tacos/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/02/18/opal-apple-pie-tacos/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 03:48:39 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18720 Are you looking for fun way to serve dessert? These Opal Apple Pie Tacos are an amazing way to serve up these crisp and flavorful apples. Your whole family will...

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Are you looking for fun way to serve dessert? These Opal Apple Pie Tacos are an amazing way to serve up these crisp and flavorful apples. Your whole family will enjoy this creative dessert.

Opal Apple Pie Tacos from CopyKat.com

Opal Apples have become a favorite of mine. If you haven’t tried these apples they are a unique apple that does not brown when you cut them. I love using these apples for recipes when you use these apples you don’t have to add lemon juice or citric acid to the apples to keep them from browning. These apples hold up well to cooking. They remain firm and are perfect to munch on or to use them in recipes.

What you may not know is that Opal apples are Non-GMO Project verified. They are the first U.S. apple variety to be verified by the Non-GMO Project, the only independent verification in North America for non-GMO food. So their resistance to browning makes them perfect to pack in a school lunch or to use in a fresh fruit salad without worrying if the apples are going to brown.

These Apple Pie Tacos are a great dessert to make. We start with a white tortilla that is fried, and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. We fill these tacos with an cinnamon apple pie filing. We use whipped cream to top these tacos. These are a great way to serve up Opal Apples.

Opal Apple Pie Tacos from CopyKat.com

Opal Apple Recipes

Opal Apple Caramel Appletini
Opal Apple Bread Pudding

This is a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.

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Chili for Beginnershttp://www.copykat.com/2015/02/17/chili-beginners/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/02/17/chili-beginners/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 02:27:15 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18714 Are you a novice cook? This recipe is a very basic chili recipe for you. This recipe is part of my learn to cook series, where I am cooking through...

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Are you a novice cook? This recipe is a very basic chili recipe for you. This recipe is part of my learn to cook series, where I am cooking through my old home economics cookbook.

Chili for beginners from CopyKat.com

Making chili may seem mysterious. It isn’t, a good chili recipe is to be had. You can make a flavorful chili from scratch. You don’t need to buy special packets of seasoning, you just need a few simple ingredients for making chili. If you are new to my Learn to cook series, this is where I am cooking through my old home economics cookbook from junior high school. So I was making this years ago when I was learning how to cook this is one of my guides that I used.

Chili Ingredients

Chili ingredients are very basic, and you can always change your chili to your personal preferences. You will need a few basic ingredients. Ground beef is one of the most important ingredients for chili, I personally like to use ground chuck, I think it has better flavor than most other types of ground beef. Onions are popular in chili. When it comes to onions I have a small preference for white onions over yellow. I think white onions are a little sweeter. Honestly, I just look at what is less expensive. You will also need canned tomatoes, and chili powder.

Variations in Chili

I think the biggest question people have is to add beans or not? While if you are living in Texas, you may feel that chili does not contain beans. It is up to you if you want to add the beans. I like to add either red kidney beans, pinto beans, or even Ranch Style Beans. You may also want to add other spices, the spices that I like to use are cumin, chipotle powder, cayenne pepper, or sometimes I like to add even some extra chili.

Keep in mind you can add a lot of different items in your chili. Be sure to practice adding one thing at a time in small amounts. This way you can feel confident that the variations you choose to make if you make small changes at a time.

More Chili Recipes

Wendy’s Chili
Crock Pot Chili
Indiana Style Chili
Steak and Shake Chili

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Easy Chocolate Piehttp://www.copykat.com/2015/02/11/easy-chocolate-pie/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/02/11/easy-chocolate-pie/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:41:58 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18712 Do you love chocolate pie? I can show you how to make an easy chocolate pie! This pie is a no bake pie that you can put together very quickly....

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Do you love chocolate pie? I can show you how to make an easy chocolate pie! This pie is a no bake pie that you can put together very quickly. Honestly, nothing beats a good old fashioned chocolate pie.

How to make chocolate pie for beginners from CopyKat.com

This recipe is part of my learn to cook series. This recipe is where I am actually cooking through my old home economics cookbook from junior high school. I went to junior high school in the early 1980s at Heaton Middle School in Pueblo, Colorado. For some reason I always retained this cookbook, and I wanted to work my way through this book.

If you have never made a chocolate pie, this recipe is very easy and it is perfect for those who are just beginning to cook. This recipe will use a pie crust that is already made, you can use a frozen one, or even those refrigerated pie crusts. I am a fan of the refrigerated pie crusts. I have difficulty in rolling out pie crust for some reason. I can make the filling, but rolling them out nice and evenly is difficult for me.

This is a simple recipe for chocolate pie, some chocolate pies are made with chocolate that you melt, but this is one of the few recipes that you can make chocolate pie from powdered cocoa. I like this because I don’t always have melting chocolate in the house, but I always have powdered cocoa for this recipe. You can see with a few simple ingredients you can make a delicious and creamy chocolate pie you will fall in love with.

You have many options when it comes to topping your chocolate pie. You can whip up some whipped cream and put this on top, you could also spoon some Cool Whip on top, or you could even get fancy and you could make a meringue. You could also put on some chocolate shavings on top of the whipped topping if you desire. Your imagination is the only thing that will limit you.

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