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. Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:50:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Panda Express Chow Meinhttp://www.copykat.com/2015/04/18/panda-express-chow-mein/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/04/18/panda-express-chow-mein/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 02:41:14 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18836 Panda Express Chow Mein is one of the of their most requested side dishes. You can make this at home, and when you do, it tastes even better than it...

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Panda Express Chow Mein is one of the of their most requested side dishes. You can make this at home, and when you do, it tastes even better than it does in the restaurant.

Make your own Panda Express Chow Mein just like the Panda Express with this CopyKat Recipe

Panda Express has to be one of my favorite fast food restaurants. They make everything there with fresh ingredients. Everything is made fresh all day long. Perhaps in you are an area where you don’t happen to be near a Panda Express, but you still want their chow mein, I want to help you unravel this mystery.

Ingredients for Panda Express Chow Mein

If you live in a large metropolitan area you can find lo mein noodles in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Many large grocery stores carry these noodles. I went to my Asian market to get mine, they are inexpensive, and they make a large amount if you use the whole bag. If you can’t find the fresh noodles there is a dry variety, Yakisoba that will work well. I don’t suggest using pasta noodles, you really need this type of noodle the wheat flour holds up better than the noodles in the Italian pasta.

This recipe contains cabbage, if you have it available I think the nappa cabbage tastes better, if you don’t have it on hand, you can use regular green cabbage, your choice, but I think the nappa is closer to what is served. The recipe also will need white onions, and celery.

This dish is made up of a lovely Asian sauce. You can find these ingredients at your local grocery store. Any store with a tiny Asian section will have these ingredients, and this makes up a delicious stir fry sauce that you will love in any stir fry recipe. We are going to use cooking wine, I like to pick this up in the Asian section of my store, if you don’t have that on hand a dry Sherry will work. We will also need Oyster sauce, Hoisin sauce, ginger, garlic, and green onions.

Don’t worry you can use the Oyster sauce and the Hoisin sauce in many other dishes. They add a lot of flavor to sauces, and they make some most excellent ribs.

Now we are ready to make this dish inspired by Panda Express. If you enjoyed this dish I hope you try these other dishes inspired by Panda Express.
Panda Express Broccoli Beef
Panda Express Cream Cheese Wontons

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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokie Baked Jalapeno Poppershttp://www.copykat.com/2015/04/06/bacon-wrapped-little-smokie-baked-jalapeno-poppers/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/04/06/bacon-wrapped-little-smokie-baked-jalapeno-poppers/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:05:44 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18823 Are you looking for a new recipes for jalapeno poppers? These bacon wrapped baked jalapeno peppers are stuffed with little smokies and cheese. These are a perfect addition to your...

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Are you looking for a new recipes for jalapeno poppers? These bacon wrapped baked jalapeno peppers are stuffed with little smokies and cheese. These are a perfect addition to your next game or movie night.

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokie Jalapeno Poppers from CopyKat.com

Jalapeno poppers are one of the most sought after appetizer dishes when served at a party. I love these, they are easy to put together, and when I serve these, the dish always comes back empty. One thing I just love about jalapeno poppers is their endless variety. There are so many ways you can put these together.

These are stuffed jalapeno peppers are not fried, these can be baked your grilled. These are stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and little smokies. When making these I like to add just a touch of chipotle powder. Chipotles are smoked jalapeno peppers. They give a wonderfully smokey flavor without too much heat.

You can cook these either in the oven or on the grill. When I bake these I bake these at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Sometimes if the peppers are a little larger I may bake these for a little longer. You definitely want to cook these until the bacon is done. If you grill these I like I cook them about about 1/3 of the full heat of the grill, and I like to leave the lid shut to the heat radiates over the whole pepper.

If you are looking for other great jalapeno ideas be sure to check out some of these recipes.

Recipes for Jalapeno Poppers

Homemade Jalapeno Poppers
Wonton Jalapeno Poppers
Frantastic Jalapeno Poppers
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeno Poppers
Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

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Chilis Chili Recipe – Orignalhttp://www.copykat.com/2015/04/05/chilis-chili-recipe/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/04/05/chilis-chili-recipe/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 15:49:21 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18814 Did you know Chilis chili recipe was the foundation for this famous restaurant chain a time ago. Their recipe changed, but this was the recipe they used to pass out...

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Did you know Chilis chili recipe was the foundation for this famous restaurant chain a time ago. Their recipe changed, but this was the recipe they used to pass out as their original recipe.

Chilis Original Chili from CopyKat.com

I was recently researching recipes for my column at Parade Community Table, when I came a across for a couple of blog posts about someone who loved Chili’s original chili, and he was upset that they changed their recipe. Now I know that Chili’s used to make most everything in the restaurant, and now it is made in a central location and sent out to Chili’s. Yes, they still cook some things there like hamburgers, steaks, and other items. Many restaurants follow this practice so you always get food that is consistent across their restaurants.

I remember going to Chili’s many years ago and getting a hearty thick bowl of chili that tastes amazing. I don’t go there as much any longer, but I know that while I was loving their endless soup and salad lunch combo, it wasn’t quite the same as it used to be. Drewcipher knew why, and received a copy of their old recipe.

For my fellow Texans’, you will love this chili, it has no beans. This is a thick rich chili that is very hearty. If you wanted to thin this chili out, I would add more water, this chili may be too thick, and too spicy for some. I think it is perfect, and wouldn’t touch a thing. I love that this recipe has you cook the onions in a different pan than the chili. I think this adds a nice layer of flavor to the onions. It also keeps their texture much more defined. I am a fan of cooking the onions separately and I will do this going forward now. Now this recipe isn’t to “copycat” their current version, but an older one, one that I think is much more flavorful than this current version. I hope you enjoy it.

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Hot French Onion Diphttp://www.copykat.com/2015/04/05/hot-french-onion-soup-dip/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/04/05/hot-french-onion-soup-dip/#comments Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:30:44 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18806 Do you love the flavors of French Onion Soup Dip? For me when I was growing up my Mom would often throw cocktail parties, if you were doing in this...

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Do you love the flavors of French Onion Soup Dip? For me when I was growing up my Mom would often throw cocktail parties, if you were doing in this the late 70s you were serving up French onion dip and chips. As an adult I have often been known to serve this up at a party. Here is an updated version of the French onion dip.

You can prepare this hot French Onion Dip from CopyKat.com, this has just three ingredients.

This recipe has just three ingredients. What could be better than this. You will need ingredients that you already have in your pantry. For this recipe you will need sour cream, cream cheese, and a can of French Onion soup, and you will have a party with just these three ingredients. You can serve this dip hot, when I do I use a small portable crock pot. Crock-Pot SCCPLC240-PR-SHP Lunch Crock Food Warmer, 24-Ounce, Purple is a handy size that you can take to work, or you can use it at parties. I like this size, it is small. So I often use mine to take some hot cheese dip, or this dip to a party.

This French Onion Soup Dip tastes great whether it is hot or cold. I have eaten and served it both ways. If you like you can add Parmesan cheese to this recipe for variety. When I add the Parmesan cheese I like to serve the dip warm. Either way you serve this recipe, I know you will enjoy this dip.

Other Great Dips to Serve at a Party

Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeno Dip
Pickle Dip
Rotel Cream Cheese Dip
Ina Garden’s French Fried Onion Dip

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CopyKat.com March 2015 Favoriteshttp://www.copykat.com/2015/03/31/copykat-com-march-2015-favorites/ http://www.copykat.com/2015/03/31/copykat-com-march-2015-favorites/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:34:34 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18799 Another month has gone by blazingly fast. Thankfully here in Texas, I believe Spring has arrived. So let’s get started on what are some of my favorite things for March....

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Another month has gone by blazingly fast. Thankfully here in Texas, I believe Spring has arrived. So let’s get started on what are some of my favorite things for March.

CopyKat.com's March Favorites


Tasteful Selections Farm Tour

This last month I had the pleasure of going to the farms for Tasteful Selections potatoes. If you have been following my blog, you know that I really enjoy using these potatoes. So often when it comes to large agriculture we have the wrong idea. We think that the farmers may not care what they plant, what they do to the environment, and they are only concerned for their financial gain. I met the people who own the farm, went through the processing facility, and I thought it was an amazing experience. If you have never tried these potatoes, they are perfectly sized, and come pre washed. So you just need to open the bag and start dinner.

Tasteful Selections Potatoes

I have used these potatoes in many recipes, here are just a few of them.

Roasted Red Potatoes
Roasted Potatoes and Leeks
Cheeseburger Soup
Clam Chowder Soup
Hassleback Mini Potatoes

 

Adventures in the 99 Cent Stores

 
My mind has been on produce this month. Actually I have been totally loving Aldi and the 99 Cent Stores. I don’t always go into the 99 Cent Stores, but when I do, I head straight back to the produce section. Why? Cauliflower is just 99 cents, I can get red and orange bell peppers 2 for 99 cents. Where else can I get produce these cheap? I have no idea. If you have a 99 Cent Store near you, I would encourage for you to go in and give their produce bin a try, I am certain you are going to love something in there, and you can’t beat 99 cents.

 

Produce Finds at Aldi

 
So, Aldi is so becoming one of my favorite grocery stores. Yes, it’s all their brand, but their brand is good. This last Sunday I picked up asparagus at 1.49 a 2 pounds of asparagus. Seriously, what is going on there? At my stores fresh pineapple is just 99 cents at Aldi. Oh yes, I totally dig their crackers. I love to serve up cheese and crackers when I have folks over, now I can do for less.

 

Co op Recommendation

 
One last item when it comes to produce, I don’t know if you are lucky enough to have a Bountiful Basket Co-op site near you. This is a co-op you can join. They put together a bunch of fresh produce, organic or conventional baskets that are over flowing with food that is sourced closed to your home. For a very reasonable price. I love that you don’t have to buy this one every week, but you have to get your order in, and pick it up. Great find, I have ordered from them several times, and I love the great value and variety you can get from them.

 

What I am reading

 
So when I am not busy looking for produce, I am in the kitchen cooking many things up. I have been on a huge Julia Child kick lately. I have been watching many of her old TV shows on Youtube, and I have purchased a few of her books used from Amazon.com. One that I didn’t realize was so good was From Julia Child’s Kitchen. Some reviewers on Amazon.com say it was her best book, as many of her recipes are French influenced but tailored for an American audience. Yes, you will get a used book, chances are it will cost you less than 5 dollars including shipping. She gives so much information with each recipe, I know you will love this book.

 

Other Good Stuff

 
Ok, so completely not food related but something I am loving right now. I love a good leather purse. They just last for a long time. I have a couple of items from Saddletack, their slogan is that “They will fight over it when you are dead”, and with a slogan like that, you know these folks care about what they make, and they have a sense of humor. I wanted to clean up a wallet I have used faithfully for a year now, and it came out looking brand new with the Chamberlain’s Leather Milk 8oz Leather Care Liniment No. 1: Best Cleaner and Conditioner for Quality Leather.

That’s it that I can think of for right now. Stay tuned for next month.

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