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, 22 Dec 2014 21:19:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Amazing Appetizershttp://www.copykat.com/2014/12/22/amazing-appetizers/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/12/22/amazing-appetizers/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:30:53 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18630 You may be looking for some amazing appetizers you may be looking for them for New Years Eve, or perhaps you want a great ideas for an upcoming party. Here...

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You may be looking for some amazing appetizers you may be looking for them for New Years Eve, or perhaps you want a great ideas for an upcoming party. Here is a great selection of appetizer recipes that are heavy enough to work as a meal.
Amazing Appetizers from CopyKat.com

You may be looking have a party to ring in the New Year. Why not spend the evening with friends and family to celebrate the past year, and to look forward to the next one. I love to have serve up a variety of appetizers when I have a party. This way you aren’t locked into serving a meal, and by serving up appetizers you have some flexibility in your cooking. You don’t want all of the appetizers to be served all at once, but rather, you can stretch them out over the evening.

I love to serve a variety of hot and cold appetizers. When serving up hot appetizers I often utilize my ever trusty slow cooker. I can put cheese dip in there, a bowl of meat balls, and well the possibilities are endless. I also bring out my electric fondue pot to serve up a fondue or two. I find these are so much fun, and people enjoy putting together their own plates when they get to dip whatever they want into the cheese.

Here is a collection of my favorites.

It’s soo Cheesy

During the cooler months I like to serve warm cheese dishes and cheese dips. You may want to serve these with crusty bread, crackers, chips, or fresh vegetables.

The Melting Pot Traditional Swiss Fondue
The Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue
Rotel Cream Cheese Dip
French Quarter Cheese Spread
Hot Onion Boursin Dip
Pizza Fondue
Baked Brie with Honey and Almonds
Baked Mozzarella Bites
Four Cheese Hot Dip

Meaty Appetizers

These appetizers are heartier and feature meat as the starring flavor. I like to serve meatballs and other meaty dishes so everyone feels nice and full. I like dishes that I can keep warm in a slow cooker, this way the dishes stay nice and warm.

Albondigas
Larry’s Bourbon Hot Dogs
Plantain Chips with Chorizo Guacamole and pickled jalapenos
Philly Cheesesteak Dip
Cheesy Sausage Meatballs
Moscato Meatballs
Slow Cooker Mango Meatballs

Single Bite Delights

These are always my favorite to serve. I like nice elegant bites. My favorite are the Olives En Croute, you actually need to make these ahead of time. You make these ahead of time, and take them out of the freezer. These are olives that are encrusted in a spicy cheese coating.

Olives En Croute
Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli
Blackberry Brie Bites
Raisin Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini
Baked Brie and Caramelized Onion Cups
Avocado Lime Deviled Eggs
Easy Spinach and Artichoke Phyllo Bites

I hope you have a happy New Year and celebrate the evening with those that you love. Peace and Blessings to you in 2015.

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Apple Bread Pudding with Caramel Saucehttp://www.copykat.com/2014/12/16/caramel-apple-bread-pudding/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/12/16/caramel-apple-bread-pudding/#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 03:50:48 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18614 Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is a dish that is perfect for when you want to serve a dessert that will impress. I love making a good old fashioned bread pudding....

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Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is a dish that is perfect for when you want to serve a dessert that will impress. I love making a good old fashioned bread pudding. They are easy to make, and they taste, oh so good. If you haven’t had a chance to try Opal Apples, this is a good opportunity to try this special apple.

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding from CopyKat.com

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding is a dish that is perfect for when you want to serve a dessert that will impress. I love making a good old fashioned bread pudding. They are easy to make, and they taste, oh so good. If you haven’t had a chance to try Opal Apples, this is a good opportunity to try this special apple.

If you haven’t had a chance to try an Opal apple, I will encourage you to find these apples. One of the characteristics of these apples is that they don’t brown. We all know that when you cut into an apple, they brown. These don’t brown because of the natural properties of this apple. They are also the first apple that is Non-GMO certified. So if you are concerned about GMO in your food, this apple is one that you will enjoy.

These apples are crisp, sweet, and they lend themselves to baking. They do not get too soft and stand up well. I think these would also make fantastic apple sauce, apple dumplings, cocktails, and of course, my bread pudding.

This bread pudding is made with left over French bread. I like to buy day old bread and turn it into bread pudding, it has a nice dense texture, and it is perfect. If you don’t have any French bread on hand you can use brioche, Italian, challah, croissant, or panettone. I suggest something hardier than your everyday sandwich bread.

This bread features cinnamon; this cinnamon bread is baked in a creme anglaise, and then served with a rich caramel sauce. You are bound to fall in love with this bread pudding. I like to serve this bread pudding while it is still warm and fresh from the oven. It does reheat well, so if you can’t enjoy it in one sitting, you can reheat it and enjoy it later.

For this recipe, I suggest that you use a water bath. We bake delicate foods such a bread pudding because this will keep the bread pudding from burning or drying out. It is key to use two pans for your water bath, one large shallow dish, and then the baking dish with the bread pudding. You may want to also place a dish towel into the larger pan, so the smaller pan doesn’t move around in the pan. To make the water bath set the smaller pan into a larger pan and fill about halfway with water, this is the right amount of water in the water bath. You will want to check during the baking to make sure the water does not evaporate during the cooking.

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Roasted Potatoes and Leekshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/12/15/roasted-potatoes-leeks/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/12/15/roasted-potatoes-leeks/#respond Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:03:23 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18606 Roasted Potatoes and Leeks is a wonderful easy side dish to make. You can make these easily with very little preparation. This simple side dish is the perfect accomplinament to...

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Roasted Potatoes and Leeks is a wonderful easy side dish to make. You can make these easily with very little preparation.
This simple side dish is the perfect accomplinament to a steak or even grilled chicken.

Roasted Potatoes and Leeks with Mushrooms from CopyKat.com

These roasted potatoes are made with Tasteful Selections Potatoes. Really like these potatoes they come in a size that you can quickly use. Best of all all of these potatoes are small and uniform in size. This helps because the potatoes will cook evenly. Did I mention these potatoes come pre-washed so all you need to do is use them straight out of the bag. You can find these potatoes at many stores, they are sold in the produce section.

For this recipe I simply quarter the potatoes, and I slice up some leeks and roast these with olive oil and butter. About half way through the cooking I add some mushrooms and garlic. This gives these potatoes a nice amount of flavor. Since roasted potatoes and leeks cook in the oven you are free to finish the rest of your dinner while these cook.

I like to add mushrooms to this recipe, I know not everyone favors mushrooms, so if you do not desire these, leave them out. I like to use the baby portobello mushrooms for these. I think they have a good amount of flavor. You can use white button mushrooms as well, both will work nicely.

Tasteful Selections Potatoes

About Tasteful Selections Potatoes

These potatoes are grown by family farmers who grow potatoes for today’s busy lifestyle. With small sizes and special flavors, each variety has been tested to assure that it meets the highest standards for quality, taste, and texture. I find that all of the potatoes are very good, and I enjoy the different types in different recipes.

These potatoes are pre-washed and require no peeling and little prep work. Since they are of even size they cook evenly.

Tasteful Selections are sold nationwide and can be found at Food Lion, Walmart, Whole Foods, and Kroger.

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Tasteful Selections Partnership with Katie’s Krops

Currently, Katie’s Krops is a non-profit organization that supports the cause to end hunger one vegetable garden at a time. Currently over 80 youth-run gardens in 29 states from which the fresh harvest is donated to the underserved. Read more about Tasteful Selections partnership with Katie’s Krops.

· A portion of the profits from specially marked bags of Tasteful Selections’ Ruby Sensation and Honey Gold potatoes will go to the non-profit to help maintain current Katie’s Krops grantees and gardens and provide funding for a new grant cycle.

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

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Chocolate Melting Cakehttp://www.copykat.com/2014/12/12/chocolate-melting-cake/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/12/12/chocolate-melting-cake/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:47:48 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18599 Chocolate melting cake soon became a favorite of mine on a recent carnival cruise. I hope you enjoy this version of the Carnival Cruise Chocolate Melting Cake. I recently took...

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Chocolate melting cake soon became a favorite of mine on a recent carnival cruise. I hope you enjoy this version of the Carnival Cruise Chocolate Melting Cake.

Carnival Cruise Chocolate Melting Cake

I recently took a cruise, and personally, I loved it. For me it was a great way to get away and relax. Every night for dinner I had this most amazing dessert. I had the dessert that many people enjoy when they go on a Carnival Cruise, I had their chocolate melting cake. You may know this as chocolate lava cake, and honestly it is amazing. It didn’t matter what else they were serving for dinner, this is the dessert I wanted.

Did you know that these are very easy to prepare, and if you are hosting a dinner party, you will look amazing when you serve one of these chocolate desserts. Jean-Georges Vongerichten may not have been the originator of this recipe, but he certainly made this dish popular in the 1980s. This cake is done on the outsides, but the inside a filled with melting warm chocolate batter that you will love.

A lot of people serve this dish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. While it does add something nice to the dish, I have served this many times without that scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tips for Making Chocolate Melting Cake

Use only the ingredients as listed. You can’t use margarine, it won’t turn out as well. You need to buy a good quality bar of chocolate. I find this chocolate in the baking section of the grocery store. Don’t use milk chocolate, you will end up with enough sweetness to throw everyone into a sugar comma. I also like to start out with all of my ingredients at room temperature, I think it makes mixing everything up together go better.

If you are concerned about the eggs, please consider using eggs that pasteurized.

You really do need to let this rest in the refrigerator before baking. The texture will be better. I really suggest using ramekins for this dessert. This way you can make individual portions. These dishes are inexpensive, and you can also do things like bake eggs in them as well.

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November Favoriteshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/12/10/november-favorites/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/12/10/november-favorites/#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:37:51 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18593 We are in the thick of the holiday season. I have been baking and cooking up a storm here. I have been coming across a lot of new items in...

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We are in the thick of the holiday season. I have been baking and cooking up a storm here. I have been coming across a lot of new items in the store that I have been using in my cooking.

CopyKat.com November Favorites

This is a month where I get to do a lot of cooking for others. For once in blue moon I picked up a couple of cookbooks that I really have liked.

Book Recommendations

The Slanted Door
If you live in San Francisco you may have heard of the restaurant called the Slanted Door. This restaurant serves up some delicious modern Vietnamese cooking. The last two times I have been in San Francisco I have had the pleasure of dining here. Charles Phan the chef of this restaurant has put together an amazing cookbook. The recipes are inspirational and breath taking. I love that some are more rustic and some are more complex. I think this is a great way to experience Vietnamese home cooking.
The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food

The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Become a Great Cook – are you ever looking for a book that will help you tackle the basics? I have enjoyed this book completely. Often when I am trying to “Copy Cat” a recipe I look up several basic recipes, and them modify and test and do it again and again until I am happy with my results. I think this book does a great job on basic recipes, and it has a lot of pictures, so it is very helpful.
The America’s Test Kitchen Cooking School Cookbook

Baking Supplies

Perhaps you are baking a lot right now. I am have been using a lot of King Arthur Flour, I like the heft that it gives to baked goods. You can find this in most grocery stores, and you can purchase it online. I am always happy with the results of this flour. It is treated differently and prepared differently than many other types of flour you will find in your grocery store. Sure, it costs just a little bit more, but I think you will enjoy the results from this flour.

Costco is one of my favorite stores, no seriously, it is my favorite store. They are selling a nice twin pack of parchment paper that is priced reasonably. I like to use parchment paper to make cookies. It often means less clean up for me. If you want to get fancy you can cook fish in it.

I also adore Costco vanilla. It is priced right, and when compared to other more expensive vanilla I find the results to be quite good. You can purchase 16 ounces of pure vanilla extract for less than 10 dollars. I have paid for more for vanilla without better results.

Other Fun Stuff

I belong to a social group of women. Sometimes we play bunco, sometimes we play other fun games. We recently spent an evening playing Cards Against Humanity, so this is a game for adults. This isn’t for the faint of heart, or anyone under the age of 18. It almost forces you to say bad things. This game is a whole lot of fun. This is a great game to liven up an adult party.

That’s about all for this month. Stay tuned.

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