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, 23 Oct 2014 01:16:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 How to make Deep Fried Turkeyhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/22/how-to-make-deep-fried-turkey/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/22/how-to-make-deep-fried-turkey/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 01:16:20 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18461 Deep Fried Turkey, if you haven’t had it, I promise you are missing out on a juicy and well flavored turkey. It isn’t only people in Texas, home of the...

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Deep Fried Turkey, if you haven’t had it, I promise you are missing out on a juicy and well flavored turkey. It isn’t only people in Texas, home of the fried food exhibit in their State Fair, that enjoy this, you can make these at home.

Learn how to deep fry a turkey  indoors from CopyKat.com

I used my Masterbuilt 23011114 Butterball Indoor Gen III Electric Fryer Cooker Extra Large Capacity what I really like about this is you can really fry a turkey indoors without an issue.  A few years back I tried this at a Blogging convention.   I asked the lady doesn’t it make a mess, isn’t it difficult to do while I munched on some of the best turkey I had eaten.  She told me I was standing right next to the a turkey frying at that moment.  Since then I have wanted to try one of these myself.

If you go online you can see all sorts of disaster of people catching everything on fire, and sometimes people actually end up in the emergency room.  I can say with this indoor turkey fryer you are going to have great results and this will be simple for you to do.   What I really like about frying a turkey is that you can have a turkey cooked completely in about 45 minutes.    You can typically fry 2 or 3 turkeys with one batch of oil.   I think getting together with a couple of families you can easily knock out several turkeys together.

 

Tips for Deep Fried Turkey

Completely thaw your turkey – thawing a turkey on the countertop is not the best way to thaw a turkey.  Consider thawing your turkey either in the refrigerator, it may take a day or two, or you can thaw it in a cold water bath.  You can also buy a fresh turkey.  When I used to work in the grocery store business you would be surprised how many people would go into the store the morning of Thanksgiving and buy a frozen turkey to prepare that night.   Thanksgiving is not a surprise holiday.  Buy your bird a couple days in advance.

Take the packaging off the turkey – your turkey will come with a variety of packaging.   Remove it, remove the leg ties, make sure you remove the plastic pop up cooking tab if available, and make sure you remove the giblets and the neck.  You can save the giblets and neck to make broth.

Pat the turkey dry – make sure you remove any excess moisture from the turkey.   Paper towels will do this very well.  Make sure you dry the inside and the outside of the turkey.  Excess water may cause the grease to splash and bubble out of control.

Cooking the turkey – Preheat the oil to 400 degrees or the proper temperature as mentioned by the manufacture.   The bird will need to cook about 3 to 4 minutes a pound.  Cook all dark meat to an internal temperature of 175° F to 180° F, and all white meat to an internal temperature of 165° F to 170° F.

Ideas for Marinade

You don’t need to buy an expensive marinade for your deep fried turkey, you can make one from scratch that is as good if not better than any you can purchase from a bottle. Ideally you should inject your turkey a few hours before you are going to prepare the bird.

Some of my favorites include Lea and Perrins Chicken Marinade this is a simple marinade that can be simply purchased. But you can put together other ones easily.

Cajun – you can prepare one with 16 ounces of Italian dressing, 1 cup creole seasoning, 1/4 cup cayenne pepper, and 1/4 cup black pepper.

Butter and Beer – 1/2 pound butter, 5 ounces beer, 1/2 pound butter, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder

Simple and Savory – 2 cups chicken broth, 1/4 pound butter, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt

You may also want to use a rub if desired. I like using a simple rub of salt and pepper, it works well to help season the skin of the deep fried turkey.

Oil for Frying a Turkey

You can use any type of oil to deep fry a turkey. I personally like to use peanut oil, but this is my personal preference. You could also use a blend of vegetable oils if desired. Canola oil works very well to fry a turkey in, and it is a lot less expensive.

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McDonald’s Egg White Delighthttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/19/mcdonalds-egg-white-delight/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/19/mcdonalds-egg-white-delight/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:33:40 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18447 We all know the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. Did you know they have a lighter version? They do. Guess what, you can make this lower calorie cousin right now with this...

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We all know the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. Did you know they have a lighter version? They do. Guess what, you can make this lower calorie cousin right now with this copycat recipe.

McDonald's Egg White Delight from CopyKat.com

What do I like about the McDonald’s Egg White Delight? Would it be that you can get a pretty filling breakfast because it has just 250 calories in this breakfast delight. Egg Whites are low in calories and they can be very filling. The wheat English muffin has a little more fiber in it to also help make this more filling. When you make this at home, you can recreate this copycat recipe too, and save yourself some money.

I hate to say it, but I often grab breakfast out in the morning. I am generally in a rush to get to work, and get out the door. I can make coffee first thing in the morning, and well honestly that’s about it. So I like to make breakfast on the weekends and then reheat it when I am in a hurry. This way I can save some money every day.

For this recipe you will need egg whites, you can use regular eggs and save the yolks for another recipe, or you can buy egg whites in a carton and cook those up. You will need some Canadian bacon, if you don’t have any use another lean protein. You will also need some white cheddar cheese. With just these four ingredients you will soon be on your way to a lower calorie and filling breakfast.

If you like McDonald’s Recipes, be sure to check out these copycat versions.

McDonald’s Old Fashioned Apple Pie
McDonald’s Hot Mustard
Shamrock Shake
Homemade Big Mac
Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Copycat Pantry Favoriteshttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/17/copycat-pantry-favorites/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/17/copycat-pantry-favorites/#respond Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:43:34 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18442 One of my favorite things about copycat recipes is the ability to save money. I mean who doesn’t love to save money? Here is a collection of some of my...

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One of my favorite things about copycat recipes is the ability to save money. I mean who doesn’t love to save money? Here is a collection of some of my favorite copycat recipes to help you save money, and to make more food favorites from scratch.

copycat pantry favorites

Spice Cabinet Replacements

These recipes are perfect to make some replacements in your spice cabinets.
Homemade Baking Powder – Are you ever in a pinch for just a bit of baking powder?

Brown Sugar – Are you ever looking for just a bit of brown sugar? This recipe is a great way to make just a bit of brown sugar for when you need some.

Dry Rub Steak Seasoning – Do you ever look for the perfect steak seasoning? Here is a great dry steak seasoning rub.

BBQ Beef Chili Rub & Coffee Cure – This is my favorite steak seasoning rub. I use this on ribs, brisket, and steak. This is my go to recipe for steak rub.

Homemade Taco Seasoning – This is my favorite homemade Taco seasoning. This is a taco seasoning blend that I have been using for years. Unlike store bought taco seasoning this is salt free. So if you need a salt free seasoning blend, look no further.

Vanilla Salt – This recipe is from Cravings of a Lunatic, and it is a really creative way to enhance dishes like fish and vegetables.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning – Who isn’t looking for this recipe? I know many people have asked me for an MSG free version, and here you go. Far less expensive, and it works well in recipes.

Good Seasons Italian Dressing – This is a great substitute for the more expensive salad dressing. I love to use this in recipes, and sometimes when I make the mix as a salad dressing I add a touch of liquid smoke for something extra.

How to make Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs – I find this is perfect to make breadcrumbs for Eggplant Parmesan or any other Italian inspired dish.

Homemade Bread Crumbs – this is the perfect recipe for homemade bread crumbs when you want a simple breading. I use this for making fried cheese sticks, to sprinkle over macaroni and cheese, and so many more other dishes.

Refrigerated Replacements

Homemade Mascarpone Cheese – This is expensive when you buy this from the store, but so inexpensive to make.

Homemade Cream Cheese – You can make this homemade cream cheese from scratch. I think this is a great idea if you want to go organic.

Homemade Mayonnaise – this is good from the jar, but even better when it make it from scratch. It is an easy recipe to make too.

Honey Seasame Salad Dressing – looking for a tasty homemade salad dressing. Don’t miss out on this one.

Chart House Blue Cheese Salad Dressing – You can make this with less ingredients that you will find on the bottle.

Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup – Make this one from scratch, it is quick and easy to put together.

Homemade Cocktail Sauce – Do you ever want to serve just a bit of cocktail sauce. This is the perfect way to do it.

Caesar Salad Dressing in 30 Seconds – You can make this salad dressing almost more quickly than you can put this together.

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Corelle Tablescape Giveawayhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/16/corelle-tablescape-giveaway/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/16/corelle-tablescape-giveaway/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:17:47 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18432 Are you ever concerned about how to best decorate your holiday table?  We have so many wonderful holidays coming up this fall and winter.   So often we find it...

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Are you ever concerned about how to best decorate your holiday table?  We have so many wonderful holidays coming up this fall and winter.   So often we find it is the perfect time of the year to invite friends and family together to enjoy a meal together.

Corelle Tablescape Challenge

I have to say I have fallen in love with my Corelle dishes, they are light, colorful, and they resist breaking. I used the set called Splendor, they are perfect for the holidays because they are white dishes with a beautiful accent colors of red and grey. I placed red flowers on my table, and I used red and grey napkins to my table for a pop of color. Enough about my table, how about your table? Do you have plans for your holiday table? I am giving away a $250 dollar gift card to your local CorningWare, Corelle and more store. If you don’t have a local store, you can make your purchases online.

Corelle Tablescape Giveaway

You may wonder what you can do to make your table special, you can always do things like adding candles, candy canes, stockings, ornaments, greenery, and I have been known to place a christmas cracker or two on the table. Small additions really make your table special.

Want more inspiration? Check out Corelle’s Holiday Tablescapes

This contest will close soon, please be sure to enter by October 23rd at midnight.

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Turn the Tables on Childhood Hungerhttp://www.copykat.com/2014/10/13/turn-tables-childhood-hunger/ http://www.copykat.com/2014/10/13/turn-tables-childhood-hunger/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 03:38:37 +0000 http://www.copykat.com/?p=18417 Did you know that in America there are over 16 million children struggling with hunger, that is the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago combined. Hunger’s...

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Did you know that in America there are over 16 million children struggling with hunger, that is the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago combined.

Unilever Product Sunlight Stop Childhood Hunger

Hunger’s youngest victims are often the invisible and those least able to help themselves. Hunger has no boundary. Hunger impacts those in rural, urban, and suburban areas. Childhood hunger translates to 1 in 5 children that may not know where their next meal is. Childhood hunger means there are some children in your community go hungry every day. Did you know that 93% of the children that go hungry live in non-government subsidized housing.

Personally this cause is very important to me. I had personally experienced difficult times when my family lost their jobs, or even as an adult I have lost a job. Economic conditions and people’s lives change in a heartbeat. When children go hungry they cannot concentrate in school, they can’t focus, and their important years are challenged by difficult circumstances. No child should ever go hungry. When children go hungry, we rob our future generations from their potential.

Project Sunlight - Turn the tables on hunger with #SHAREAMEAL

Project Sunlight – Share a Meal

To help bring light to this Unilever Project Sunlight is seeking your help to rally people across the country to “Share A Meal to Help Turn the Tables on Child Hunger in America.” You can read more about their project by going to their Project Sunlight Website. There are many different suggestions on what you can do to help.

Project Sunlight can help you with ideas on how you can fight childhood hunger. You as an individual can do many things to help turn the tables on childhood hunger.

 

What can I do to help

Spread this message across social media. Share with others this important cause. You can Tweet, Instagram, share on Facebook, that you want to help turn the tables on childhood hunger with by using the hashtags #ShareAMeal and #brightfuture.

You can also ….

Help a Family in Your Neighborhood -  maybe you know of a single parent that is struggling, why not give gift card, or a sack of groceries anonymously.

Partner with Local Organizations - You may have local church organizations such as Society of St. Stephens, or another local charity.

Partner with your Local Food Bank - You can donate cash, groceries, or even your time and talents to your local food bank.

Host a Virtual Food Drive – Using Feeding America’s Personal Fundraiser online tool, you can reach out to friends, family and colleagues for contributions.

Give to Feeding America - For every $1 donated, the Feeding America network of 200 food banks can secure and distribute ten meals. The organization serves 12 million children, and with your help, those children can receive the food they need to thrive.

Together with #ShareAMeal we can make a #brightfuture for all children

Your actions can make a difference. You can help in a variety of different ways to make a difference in childhood hunger; we have provided many ideas of how you can help.

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