You really can make stuff that tastes like it came from a restaurant. Copykat recipes can show you how. Here are a few of Copykat Recipes' favorites. These are the top three favorite recipes of the viewers at www.copykat.com.
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
2 c Bisquick
1/2 c cold water
3/4 c grated, sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 c butter
1 t. parsley flakes
1/2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. Italian seasoning
Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, brush with the butter and spices - you know the drill. However, you cannot make the EXACT biscuits, because they have a special butter/garlic sauce that is not available to the general public. See how they are!!
Outback Steakhouse Aussie Fries
1 lb. of frozen french fries
1 c shredded Colby or Jack cheese
6 pieces of cooked bacon
Heat oil to 350 degrees. If you do not have a thermostat, make sure the oil is hot enough so that when you set a french fry in the oil it cooks immediately. If the french fry sinks to the bottom and barely bubbles, the oil is not hot enough.
Fry the potatoes in small batches; they are done when they are golden brown and float to the top of the skillet. ( I like to use a Dutch Oven). Be sure to drain the potatoes on paper towels. You can keep them warm in the oven while the other fries are done. When all french fries are done cooking and are drained, place them on a platter, salt if you like, and sprinkle on cheese and cooked bacon. Pop these back into a warm oven until the cheese begins to melt. Here is what Jane Coyle suggested for the dipping sauce that is normally served with the fries.
16 oz. bottle ranch dressing
2 T. paprika
1 T. cayenne pepper
1 t. dried thyme
1 t. dried oregano
1 t. white pepper
1 t. black pepper
1 T. kosher salt
1 T. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.
Girl Scout Mint Cookies
1 box Devil's food cake mix
2 T. water
2 T. cooking oil
1/2 C. cocoa
1 pkg. chocolate chips (I like Ghirardelli double chocolate chips.)
2-3 drops Wilton's candy mint flavoring
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cake mix, eggs, water, cooking oil, and cocoa. You will need to blend this together well; it will be a very sticky mess. Let stand for 20 minutes, and then shape into 1/2 inch balls. Place balls on a cookie sheet 2 inches apart, and smash down flat using a large spoon sprayed with Pam. Bake for about 8 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Heat chocolate chips in a microwave or double boiler. When completely melted, add mint flavoring. You can either spread the melted chocolate on the cookies or you can dip the cookies into the chocolate.
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