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. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:04:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Homemade Chicken and Dumplingshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/26/homemade-chicken-dumplings/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/26/homemade-chicken-dumplings/#respond Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:28:41 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18301 Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite comfort food of so many people. Savory chicken soup combined with fluffy dumplings is a dish that so few can resist. Chicken and...

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Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite comfort food of so many people. Savory chicken soup combined with fluffy dumplings is a dish that so few can resist.
Homemade Chicken and Dumplings Recipe from CopyKat.com

Chicken and Dumplings is a favorite dish in the South and in the Midwest. This dish may have its origins in the Great Depression. Chicken is often boiled in a seasoned broth, and then the chicken is removed from the broth and picked clean from the bones. Dumplings are cooked in the broth and while the dumplings are cooking chicken is added back to the soup. The result is a wonderfully almost creamy soup with fluffy perfectly cooked dumplings.

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings is an expensive and tasty dish to make. I personally think it is one of the best dishes to warm the soul in cold months. This soup uses two different cuts of chicken to prepare this dish. I like using both chicken thighs and chicken wings. Thigh meat has a wonderful rich flavor, and the wings provide collagen that will make a thick and hearty soup without having to add extra starch to the dish. I begin by cooking the thighs in their own fat, I don’t want to dilute the chicken flavor. Vegetables are then cooked in the chicken fat, and the pan is deglazed with a bit of sherry. If you don’t drink alcohol, deglaze the pan with some chicken stock.

Our dumplings are fluffy because we add a bit of baking soda and half and half in the dumplings. These two combined together will give the dumplings a nice rise. The butter will give these dumplings a wonderful flavor that you are certain to love.

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Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Diphttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/24/chuys-creamy-jalapeno-dip/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/24/chuys-creamy-jalapeno-dip/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:56:33 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18265 Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip is known all around. This is the perfect dip it is creamy with just a hint of spice. I personally love Chuy’s they do a wonderful...

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Chuys Creamy Jalapeno Dip is known all around. This is the perfect dip it is creamy with just a hint of spice.
Chuy's Creamy Jalapeno Dip from CopyKat.com

I personally love Chuy’s they do a wonderful job on Tex Mex food. They have some of the best chips, they are thin and crispy. They make delicious margaritas, and they also do an amazing job on their enchiladas. For me, their creamy jalapeno dip is one of their best menu items that they have. This sauce goes well with chips, on top of tacos, on top of a taco salad, or really just about any Tex Mex dish you want to prepare.

Ingredients for Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip

This sauce is made fresh, and guess what, you can prepare this yourself it is quick and easy to prepare. This creamy jalapeno dip will stay fresh in your refrigerator for a few days. You will need a few simple ingredients you will need sour cream, mayonnaise, lime, fresh cilantro, pickled jalapeno peppers and some dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix.

The pickled jalapeno peppers are very important. These peppers are perfect for recipes. The pickling process seems to take way the sharp heat that jalapenos can often have. The pickled jalapenos are perfect for nachos and all sorts of Tex Mex and Mexican food. I am also using the Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix, 16 Ounce. I find this typically available at Sam’s and sometimes I have found it in my local grocery stores such as Kroger, or HEB.

You can use the Hidden Valley Ranch Mix in all sorts of recipes, so it is an ingredient I like to have in my pantry. I use it for my No Time Taco Soup. I think it is cheaper to buy in bulk rather than purchasing in the individual packages.

This recipe is so easy to make, you can put this dip together in less than five minutes. I like to leave me rest in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving.

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Homemade Coleslawhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/21/homemade-coleslaw/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/21/homemade-coleslaw/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:54:31 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18291 Homemade Coleslaw is very easy to prepare. You don’t need to buy this pre-packaged. Save money by making your own simple homemade coleslaw from scratch. This video is part of...

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Homemade Coleslaw is very easy to prepare. You don’t need to buy this pre-packaged. Save money by making your own simple homemade coleslaw from scratch.
Homemade Coleslaw - Learn to cook from CopyKat.com

This video is part of my learn to cook series. I recently came across my old home economics cookbook, and I am working my way through the whole cookbook cooking each recipe, and shooting a video for each recipe. This way I can show you how I learned how to cook. Perhaps you need to learn how to cook as well.

Why make homemade coleslaw?

We are making a very simple homemade coleslaw recipe. I know you can now purchase coleslaw in the grocery store pre-made. You can also make coleslaw from scratch. Why would you want to? You may want to customize it the way you like. When you make it from scratch you can add more onion if you desire. You could add some shredded carrot, or even some shredded apple for a nice change. You may also want to control the amount of sugar, or even use a sugar substitute in this recipe. Now you have a nice basic recipe to work from.

I sometimes add a little purple cabbage when I make homemade coleslaw. This gives your salad a nice color, and it is simple addition. Here is a trick if you only need a few leaves of purple cabbage, just buy that much when you go to the grocery store. You can simply peel off a few leaves of the purple cabbage and pay for what you want. I learned this trick when I used to work in grocery stores years ago.

This recipe is very simple, we are going to make a creamy dressing that is simple, and tastes wonderful. I bet you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry right now.

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Favorite Olive Garden Recipeshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/19/favorite-olive-garden-recipes/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/19/favorite-olive-garden-recipes/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:05:57 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18272 I have to say when asked what is my favorite recipe I have ever recreated what would it be? It would be without a doubt, the Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce....

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I have to say when asked what is my favorite recipe I have ever recreated what would it be? It would be without a doubt, the Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce.
Olive Garden Favorite Copy Cat Recipes

When I was in high school we lived in Coldspring, Texas, it was far from any major city. So for me going to the Olive Garden was amazing. My home town had one restaurant at the time, and while it was quite good, it didn’t have things like any sort of Italian style dishes. They didn’t serve up something more exotic like Alfredo sauce, or that delicious chocolate covered cheesecake they used to sell.

I always thought their Alfredo sauce was intriguing. I lived out in the country, so for me, this was exotic. I would watch public television on the weekends (we didn’t have cable) for the cooking shows. I would check out books from our library just to try to find recipes similar to ones I tried in restaurants. This is how I got started recreating recipes.

Here are all of my Olive Garden Recipes. So many of my early recipes were my favorite Olive Garden recipes. I have done quite a few over the years. I hope you enjoy my collection of Olive Garden recipes.

Favorite Olive Garden Recipes

the olive garden bread sticks
Olive Garden Bread Sticks – These breadsticks have one be one of the most favorite Olive Garden recipes of all time.  These breadsticks taste very similar, but they are a little more hearty since they are made from scratch.

Olive Garden Parmesan Roasted Asparagus
Olive Garden Parmesan Roasted Asparagus – This is a fantastic appetizer of grilled asparagus served with a creamy Parmesan sauce.

Baked Parmesan Shrimp from the Olive Garden
Olive Garden Baked Parmesan Shrimp – This is a nice little pasta bake that features shrimp on a bed of Alfredo sauce and pasta.

grilled chicken with alfredo sauce
Olive Garden Grilled Chicken and Alfredo Sauce – A classic main dish that everyone loves and requested over the years.

chicken scampi from the Olive Garden
Olive Garden Chicken Scampi – This recipe was developed due to the most touching request I ever received. Chicken is breaded and served with bell peppers, onions, and a buttery white wine sauce.

roasted butternut squash

Olive Garden Roasted Butternut Squash – this was side dish that was served. Butternut squash is roasted in a sweet white wine sauce.

Olive Garden Grilled Sausage and Pepper Rustica – Italian sausage is grilled and served in a red pasta sauce with peppers and onions.

Baked Pasta with beef in a dish
Olive Garden Baked Pasta Romana with Beef – This is a great dish to make from left over roast or brisket. Spinach, Alfredo sauce, and pasta is baked in the oven for this Italian style casserole.

Olive Garden Three Meat Sauce – this recipe was created out of one of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl sauces. Italian sausage, pepperoni, and ground beef make this sauce extra special.

Olive Garden Grilled Chicken Flatbread – Grilled chicken is served over flat bread with an Alfredo sauce and much more.

Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe from CopyKat.com
Olive Garden Pumpkin Cheesecake – This is an amazing cheesecake that features pumpkin and a gingerbread cookie crust.

Olive Garden Berry Sangria – This is a simple sangria to make, this is great to make for a special dinner or party.

Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup – this is my most popular soup recipe. So many people love this one.

Olive Garden Bolongnese This is a hearty pasta sauce that you will love.

Olive Garden Sam Remo Dip – This is one of their classic appetizers.

Olive Garden Venetian Apricot Chicken – This is a light chicken dish made with apricots.

Olive Garden Shrimp Caprese – This is a light shrimp dish that you will love.

Olive Garden Capallini Primavera – This is pasta dish that you can put together in a matter of moments.

Olive Garden Parmesan Encrusted Chicken – This is a basis for many of their dishes, Chicken is made with a crispy Parmesan crust.

Olive Garden Sam Remo – The Main Dish

chicken marsala

Olive Garden Chicken Marsala - this classic Italian dish is delicious, and easy to put together.   Be sure to pick up dry Marsala wine.

Olive Garden Salad Mix - learn how to make this favorite Olive Garden recipe for their salad mix.

Olive Garden Salad Dressing - make your own version from scratch.  This way you never run out of your favorite salad dressing mix.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana - Their classic potato and sausage soup recipe.  This is an easy soup to make, and tastes so good.

Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli - Their classic Pasta E Fagioli this recipe makes up a large pot of this famous stew.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana – my orginal - this recipe was slightly modified over the years, but this was my original copy cat recipe.

Olive Garden Peaches and Cream Cheesecake - one of their discontinued seasonal cheesecakes, this one is perfect for the summer.

Olive Garden Cookie Dough Cheesecake - this is a discontinued menu item, but who can say no to cookie dough cheesecake.

Olive Garden Brownie Banana Funtastico - brownies and bananas go together so well in this wonderfully chocolate dessert.

Olive Garden Raspberry Mousse Cheesecake - their now discontinued raspberry mousse cheesecake.  This makes for a tart but sweet cheesecake.

Olive Garden Apple Praline Cheesecake - their now discontinued apple praline cheesecake combines the wonderful flavor of apples and caramel.

Olive Garden Apple Carmelina - this was one of their lower in calorie dessert. This is a wonderful way to use up apples.

Olive Garden Tiramisu - one of my personal favorite Olive Garden recipes, this wonderfully rich, an light dessert with the kick of espresso.

Olive Garden Spaghetti Carbonara - this classic Italian pasta sauce combines eggs, bacon, and more.

Olive Garden Five Cheese Lasagna - looking for a good dish for meatless Mondays?  Try this wonderful lasagna.

Olive Garden Shrimp Christopher

Olive Garden Florentine Lasagna

Olive Garden Ravioletti and Mushroom Walnut Sauce

Olive Garden Chicken Formaggio Pizza

Olive Garden Capellini Pomodoro II

Olive Garden Capellini Pomodoro

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce - The recipe that started it all.  This creamy pasta sauce tastes amazing, and it is simple to make.

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce II

Olive Garden Neapolitan Ziti

Olive Garden Sicilian Scampi

Olive Garden Hot Artichoke Dip - You can prepare this famous appetizer at home.   This is a very simple hot dip to make.  Be sure to serve this with lots of crusty Italian bread, or you can even serve this with crackers.

Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms from CopyKat.com
Olive Garden Stuffed Mushrooms - This is a great appetizer to bring to a party.   You can prepare these ahead of time, and bake just before serving.

Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli
Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli – with our recipe you can make these at home.  This is one of my favorite recipes to bring to a party.   So simple, and so impressive.

Olive Garden Fried mozzarella from CopyKat.com
Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella - you can make this one at home anytime.  It isn’t difficult to make this one at all.

Olive Garden Sangria enjoy this classic sangria it tastes just like it does on the Olive Garden menu.

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Mini Hasselback Potatoeshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/08/18/mini-hasselback-potatoes/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/08/18/mini-hasselback-potatoes/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:41:37 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18251 Mini Hassleback Potatoes are an elegant way to serve potatoes. I love how elegant these look. You might even say that potatoes when cooked up like this looked like little...

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Mini Hassleback Potatoes are an elegant way to serve potatoes. I love how elegant these look. You might even say that potatoes when cooked up like this looked like little roly poly potatoes.

Mini Hasselback Potatoes from CopyKat.com

My inspiration for these mini Hasselback potatoes recipe came from a good friend of mine. She mentioned when she was a child her mom used to make this style of potatoes with small potatoes. I thought these would be fun dish to make. I have always loved how the mini Hasselback potatoes look like, but I haven’t made them too often. I made these with the Tasteful Selections potatoes. I love these potatoes because they come out in bags that are perfect for a family. The potatoes are all small and they come completely washed and ready to go. All you need to do is to cut little slits into the potatoes and a drizzle of melted butter or even olive oil and then sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top.

Variations for Mini Hasselback Potatoes

I have made this dish with both melted butter and olive oil. Both work well. I personally like the flavor of the melted butter a little more. One time I even used a melted garlic butter left over from my Better Than Papa John’s Garlic Dipping Sauce. I have to say, those were amazing when made with a touch of garlic. The most important step it to make sure to drizzle, or brush the potatoes after they are cut with a little oil or butter. This will keep the tender potatoes from drying out.

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Tasteful Selections Potatoes

This recipe is very flexible if you don’t happen to have red potatoes. You can use use white potatoes, purple potatoes, Tasteful Selections even has a bag with three different colors of potatoes so you can enjoy serving up a beautiful rainbow of colors if you desire. You can find these Tasteful Selections potatoes all year around, they are grown in Bakersfield, CA and are available at supermarkets nationwide. You can find a location near you at http://www.tastefulselections.com/stores/.I encourage you to check out their many delicious potato recipes on their blog at http://www.tastefulselections.com/recipes.

Banish FOUP with Tasteful Selections Potatoes

FOUP /fūp/ n. the fear of undercooked, ugly, useless, uneven, unclean, unremarkable, unsightly or otherwise unappealing potatoes: Because of my FOUP, I haven’t cooked dinner in two weeks. Learn more about FOUP at http://www.tastefulselections.com

Fear of Under Cooked Potatoes

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