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, 14 Sep 2014 15:11:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Homemade Macaroni Saladhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/14/homemade-macaroni-salad/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/14/homemade-macaroni-salad/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:06:06 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18354 Homemade macaroni salad is a simple salad to make.  Did you know you don’t need to buy macaroni salad?  You can make homemade macaroni salad from scratch. Sometimes I love...

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Homemade macaroni salad is a simple salad to make.  Did you know you don’t need to buy macaroni salad?  You can make homemade macaroni salad from scratch.

homemade macaroni salad

Sometimes I love to bring a good old-fashioned homemade Macaroni Salad to a pot luck dinner. I think these are so simple to make, and they are very tasty. I think a macaroni salad is a great change from potato salad or even cole slaw. I personally think homemade is best whenever you can do this over store bought.

When you make your own macaroni salad from scratch you can customize is any way you like. Sometimes I like to add olives, or even tiny cubes of cheddar cheese to my macaroni salad. I also may switch out my pickles from a dill or a sweet pickle when I want a little bit of a difference in the taste. You could also swap this for a lower carb pasta if you are watching the carbs. When you buy macaroni salad from the store, you get what you get. When you make food from scratch you can always customize is the way you like.

When it comes to the pasta I really like the Barilla brand. For me, I always get the best results when I use Barilla. I think it is really crucial to salt the water you boil the pasta in. If you don’t do this, the pasta may taste bland. I also am not a fan of rinsing off pasta after I cook it, I like to simply drain it, and let it cool before using it with the recipe.

You may want to garnish this macaroni salad with some sprinkled paprika like I did here, or you may even like to add some chopped hard boiled egg to this one. Your family will love this homemade macaroni salad.

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Homemade Big Machttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/11/big-mac-recipe/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/11/big-mac-recipe/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:13:15 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18338 McDonald’s is known for their Big Mac sandwich all the world around. Now you can create your own homemade Big Mac recipe. The Big Mac sandwich is known for its...

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McDonald’s is known for their Big Mac sandwich all the world around. Now you can create your own homemade Big Mac recipe. The Big Mac sandwich is known for its two hamburger patties American cheese, “special sauce” (a variant of Thousand Island dressing), iceberg lettuce, pickles, and onions, served in a three-part sesame seed bun. Now you can make this classic recipe at home.
Make this McDonald's Big Mac at home with this CopyKat recipe

This famous hamburger was created by Jim Delligatti, an early Ray Kroc franchisee, who was operating several restaurants in the Pittsburgh area. This hamburger is sold all the world around, although does it have some variations in different places around the world. The one we have come to know and to love is the one that became popular in this 1974 jingle, “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – on a sesame seed bun.”

The special sauce is really just a form of thousand island dressing. It isn’t made in the stores anymore. It now comes in an air tight container that gets squirted out like you would a chaulking gun. I will give you my person version of their “special sauce”. It is a fairly close approximation of the sauce.

One thing I really like about making a copy cat recipe for McDonald’s is that you can add more beef if you like. For this recipe I am going to use a package of hamburger buns but we are going to use some of the buns as the middle. So if you use a package of 8 hamburger buns you can get about five of your own homemade Big Macs. What I like to do is cut the top off of the top bun to make it even, when you do this you can easily turn it into the middle portion of the Big Mac.

how to cut the big mac bun

You can see this is how you can easily make your own Big Mac buns.

buns for big mac

You might wonder why you would want to create your own homemade Big Mac, I personally think this tastes better. I know a lot of people are concerned about preservatives that can be found in fast food. I think when you make everything from scratch you can make homemade hamburger buns and homemade mayonnaise
, so this way you know exactly what you are eating. I personally love the ideas of some fast food items, but sometimes I like to try to make it a little healthier if I can.

I hope you enjoy my version of the McDonald’s Big Mac.

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Pineapple Upside Down Cakehttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/09/pineapple-upside-down-cake/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/09/pineapple-upside-down-cake/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:11:34 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18263 Pineapple upside down cake is a favorite of many, there is something about the caramelized pineapple sitting on top of a fluffy homemade cake that is hard to beat. Did...

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Pineapple upside down cake is a favorite of many, there is something about the caramelized pineapple sitting on top of a fluffy homemade cake that is hard to beat. Did you know this cake isn’t hard to make?
Make this pineapple upside down cake from CopyKat.com

Maybe you grew upon these cakes, for me they were only served when we would have company at my house. I am a big believer in that you should enjoy the good stuff all of the time. Life is too short to only make special desserts when you have company. I personally love this cake because I personally do like icing very much, and this is one cake that you do not have to make any icing to go on top of this cake.

You can use fresh pineapple on this cake. You can also used canned pineapple for this cake. The important thing to do is to make sure the pineapple is well drained. Having pineapple that is too wet will make the batter not turn out well.

It may be that traditionally pineapple upside down cake was made in skillets. I am preparing this cake in a cake pan. They are a little easier to make in a traditional cake pan.

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Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladashttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/07/sour-cream-chicken-enchiladas/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/07/sour-cream-chicken-enchiladas/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 23:33:36 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18333 Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are a favorite of mine. This Tex Mex classic is an easy dish to put together for a weeknight meal. I don’t know about you, but...

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Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas are a favorite of mine. This Tex Mex classic is an easy dish to put together for a weeknight meal.
Make these simple sour cream chicken enchiladas from CopyKat.com

I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for a new way to prepare your basic chicken breast. I think that chicken breasts are wonderful because you can use them in so many ways. In Texas we have an abundance of Tex Mex food. I got the inspiration for this recipe from many of the dishes that I so often find in Mexican restaurants.

If you don’t want to use a can of enchilada sauce, or if you can’t find one in your local store you can use my recipe for El Chico Enchilada Sauce. For this recipe I am going to cook the chicken breasts right in the enchilada sauce, this helps season the chicken perfectly. You can use left over cooked chicken if you have some on hand.

For this recipe I am using flour tortillas, my stores carry flour tortillas that you cook at home. If you don’t have these you can use other flour tortillas. If you need to be gluten free you may want to use corn tortillas both work well. When using corn tortillas I like to cook them a moment or two in hot cooking oil. I find this brings out the flavor of the tortilla.

You can put these enchiladas together in about 30 minutes. Add some refried beans, and some salsa and chips you will have a wonderful quick and easy dinner.

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Olive Garden Tortellini al Fornohttp://www.copykat.com/2014/09/07/olive-garden-tortellini-al-forno/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/09/07/olive-garden-tortellini-al-forno/#respond Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:01:03 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18329 Olive Garden Tortellini al Forno is part of the Olive Garden small plate’s menu. If you have never tried it cheese and prosciutto-filled tortellini in a parmesan cream sauce, topped...

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Olive Garden Tortellini al Forno is part of the Olive Garden small plate’s menu. If you have never tried it cheese and prosciutto-filled tortellini in a parmesan cream sauce, topped with crumbled bacon.
Tortellini al Forno - Olive Garden make this recipe from CopyKat.com

The Olive Garden serves up some lovely small plates which are perfect for an appetizer, or you can even order a couple of these small plates and make a meal of them. I recently tried the Olive Garden Tortellini at Forno, it is a delicious dish that you are certain to love. Stuffed tortellini are served with a creamy Parmesan sauce and topped with crumbled bacon. It is hard to resist this dish, it is so easy to make.

For this copycat for the Olive Garden Tortellini at Forno, I am using store bought tortellini, you can find the tortellini in the grocery store in the pre-made pasta section. Select the one that is closest to the and prosciutto-filled tortellini. This will only take a couple of moments to prepare. Refrigerated pasta only takes 7 to 9 minutes to cook. You will also needs a couple of slices of crisp cooked bacon. To this we will add a creamy Parmesan sauce to this pasta.

You may even want to make the Olive Garden Tortellini at Forno as a main dish. This would make a lovely main dish to serve. I like to top mine with some sliced scallions. Fresh sliced scallions add a nice compliment to this dish.

If you like Olive Garden Recipes you can try my many other Olive Garden copy cat recipes.

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