You don’t need to leave the house to dine at your favorite restaurant. Just whip up a copycat recipe instead! If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, copycat recipes are recipes that replicate popular restaurant dishes and snack foods. They might not be identical to the originals, but many of them come impressively close. So the next time you’re craving takeout, give one of these five mouth-watering copycat recipes a try instead.
1. Copycat Taco Bell Chicken Quesadillas
These copycat Taco Bell chicken quesadillas, originally from @moribyan, even replicate the fast-food chain’s creamy jalapeño sauce. They’re made with basic quesadilla ingredients like chicken, tortillas and cheese, but what makes them special is their seasoning. Both the jalapeño sauce and the chicken are seasoned liberally with a ton of different spices, ranging from garlic to coriander. The result is a chicken quesadilla that packs a ton of flavor.
2. Copycat Olive Garden Breadsticks
This recipe’s creator claims these breadsticks are just like Olive Garden’s — only 10 times better. They’re made with water, yeast, sugar, flour, salt and olive oil, then seasoned with garlic powder and dry parsley. You can eat the breadsticks on their own or pair them with soup for a cozy meal.
3. Copycat McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets
These copycat nuggets look just like the real thing. They’re made by blending up chicken, dividing it into pieces, shaping it, then coating each piece with multiple layers of wet and dry ingredients, and frying them. The result is a batch of perfectly browned chicken nuggets that are almost indistinguishable from the ones at McDonald’s.
4. Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Red Lobster may be a seafood restaurant, but Cheddar Bay Biscuits are one of its most popular dishes. This recipe recreates the iconic appetizer using flour, baking soda, baking powder, butter, cheddar, buttermilk and plenty of spices. The result looks just like Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, though the recipe’s creator claims they’re even better.
5. Copycat Ben & Jerry’s Snackable Dough
If you have a sweet tooth, this version of Ben & Jerry’s snackable dough is surprisingly easy to make at home. The edible cookie dough balls are made with a mix of butter, sugar, milk and vanilla. The key to ensuring they’re safe to eat without putting them in the oven is using heat-treated flour. The final product can be eaten alone or mixed into ice cream for your very own DIY cookie dough treat.
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