Friday, September 30, 2011

Texas Roadhouse Copycat Ribs

When you get a craving for the ribs at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant you can make them at home with this copycat recipe. Texas Roadhouse sells their rib seasoning on-line and at their restaurant. See notes below.

Ingredients needed:
1 slab pork loin ribs, frozen
1/2 cup liquid smoke
1/4 cup Texas Roadhouse rib seasoning
2 1/2 cups water

Sauce Ingredients:
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon fresh black pepper, coarsely ground
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon whiskey
1/4 cup onion, minced
1 3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar

On the back of the frozen ribs score several times.
Let the ribs thaw overnight.
Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
In a large shallow pan big enough to hold ribs, place a wire rack.
Rub 1/8 cup of the Texas Roadhouse rib seasoning on each side of the ribs.
Use additional seasoning if needed to cover each side of the ribs.
Combine the water and liquid smoke in the large pan; mix well.
Place the ribs on wire rack and place in the pan, do not let ribs touch liquid smoke water.
Cover the entire pan tightly with aluminum foil.
Bake for about five hours.
Ribs will be done when they nearly fall off the bone.

Sauce directions:
Add oil to saucepan, add onions and sauté until soft.
Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a simmer; cook for about one hour or until thickened.
Preheat a gas or charcoal grill.
Cover ribs and grill for about four minutes on each side.
Brush ribs with sauce, then turn to let the sauce caramelize.
Repeat with the other side.

Monday, September 26, 2011

TGI Friday's Copycat Potato Skins

If the Potato Skins from TGI Friday's is one of your favorite appetizers, you can have them at home anytime with this copycat recipe. They will be a hit at your next get together, everyone will be wanting a copy of the recipe.

Ingredients needed:

5 baked potato skins, cut in half and empty of most the potato

1/2 cup fried bacon, diced, about 5 strips

1 tablespoon butter, melted

3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

1 green onions, diced

seasoning salt


Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brush potato shells with melted butter and sprinkle season salt to taste.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp, do not over bake or they will be dry and hard.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with cheese, onion and bacon, place back in the

oven until cheese is melted.

Serve with sour cream or Ranch dressing

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pizza Hut's Copycat Original Pan Pizza

My husband loves Pizza Hut's pan pizza, his favorite is the meat lovers. I like the Supreme myself. I have a Presto Pizza Maker and it makes a delicious pizza, my husband says it is really better than Pizza Hut. Hope you enjoy this copycat version also.

Ingredients needed:
1 1/3 cups warm water (105F)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package dry yeast
1/4 cup non−fat dry milk
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoon vegetable oil (for dough)
1/2 teaspoon salt
9 ounces vegetable oil (3 ounces per pan)
Butter flavored Pam

In a large bowl, add yeast, sugar, salt, and dry milk.
Add water, stir to
mix ingredients well; let stand two minutes.
Add oil and mix well.
Add flour; stir until dough forms
and flour is
Turn out dough onto a flat surface and knead for about ten minutes.
Divide dough into three balls.
Using three 9-inch cake pans, put three ounces of oil in each and spread evenly.
Roll out each dough ball with a rolling pin to about a 9-inch circle.
Place dough in
each cake pan.
Using pam spray the outer edge of dough.
Cover each pan with a plate.
Place the pans in warm
place and allow to
rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.


Sauce ingredients:
8 ounce can tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon dry basil
1 teaspoon dry oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 teaspoon marjoram

Combine all the sauce ingredients and let sit for 1 hour.

For Each Nine Inch Pizza:
Preheat oven to 475 degree.
Spoon 1/3 cup of the sauce on dough; spread to within 1-inch of edge.
Sprinkle 1 1/2 ounce of shredded mozzarella cheese on sauce.
Place toppings of your choice in this order:
Pepperoni or Ham
Meats such as cooked ground sausage or beef.
Top with three ounces mozzarella cheese
on each pizza.
Cook until cheese is bubbling and outer crust is brown.
Cut each pizza in six slices.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Chili's Copycat Monterey Chicken

           Chili's Monterey Chicken


If Chili's Monterey Chicken is your popular item to order at Chili's, you can make your own at home with this copycat recipe. You can have this delicious recipe anytime you get a craving for Chili's Monterey Chicken.

Ingredients needed:

1 boneless skinless Chicken Breast
1/4 C. mixture of Monterey Jack and Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 teaspoon barbecue sauce
2 slices bacon, cooked crispy


Pound the chicken breast until flattened; season with salt and pepper.
Spray Pam a nonstick skillet; cook chicken breast until it is done.
Place chicken onto a serving plate.
Top chicken breast with barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese.
Broil chicken breast in the oven until cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with chopped tomatoes and chives.
Chili's Copycat Monterey Chicken
Image by irwandy

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

My granddaughter Madison loves to eat chicken nuggets at Chick-fil-A. We live in a rural area and there is not one very close to us, so I was on the hunt for a copycat recipe for the chicken nuggets at Chick-fil-A. Here is one that I have located and have yet to try it. Hope you enjoy.

Ingredients needed:
2 cups chicken breast, boneless, skinless and cubed
2 ¼ teaspoons McCormick Season-All
2 cups water
1 cup flour
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 1/2 cups cracker meal
1/4 teaspoon paprika

In a medium size bowl pour in the water; add 1/4 teaspoon of the season−all and bouillon cubes in mixture.
Place the chicken in water mixture; mix well.
over and place in refrigerator for 12 hours or overnight.
you are ready to cook nuggets, mix in a dish the flour, cracker meal, 2 teaspoons season−all and paprika.
Heat oil for deep frying.
Drain chicken.
chicken nuggets in flour, cracker mixture. Fry until golden.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Taco Bell Copycat Chicken Quesadillas

 Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

Quesadillas are such an easy recipe to make. You can make them plain with cheese are add your favorite ingredients. This Taco Bell Copycat Quesadilla recipe is made with chicken, cheese and jalapeños. You my omit the jalapeños if you do not like the spicy flavor. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Quesadilla Sauce:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons jalapeños slices, minced
2 teaspoons jalapeño juice
1 dash salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika


Ingredients for Quesadillas:

4 chicken tenderloins
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
2 slices American cheese
4 flour tortillas
Vegetable oil

Combine all of the sauce ingredients; stir until smooth. Set aside.Grill chicken in vegetable oil; cut into thin slices.
Preheat a large skillet to medium heat.
Lay a tortilla into hot skillet and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and 1/2 cheese slice on one side of the tortilla.
Put on top of cheese about 1/4 cup chicken slices.
On the other side of tortilla, spread about one tablespoon of sauce.
Fold tortilla over; press down gently with kitchen spatula.
Cook quesadilla until cheese is melted.
Slice each into 4 pieces.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Homemade Copycat McDonald's Milkshakes

We all love a good milkshake. With these copycat McDonald's Milkshake recipes you can make a vanilla, chocolate, strawberry or Shamrock™ milkshakes at home. This recipes makes two twelve ounce servings. Enjoy.

Vanilla Milkshake
1 cup whole milk
2 cups of your favorite vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup half & half
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons sugar

Chocolate Milkshake
Same as vanilla, but:
delete vanilla extract
Add 2½ tablespoons chocolate flavor Nestle Quik Powder

Strawberry Milkshake
Same as vanilla, but:
delete vanilla extract
Add 3 tablespoons strawberry flavor Nestle Quik Powder

Shamrock™ Milkshake
Same as vanilla but:
delete vanilla extract
Add 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
Add 8 drops green food coloring

Place half of the ingredients for the shake you will be making in the blender; set the blender to high speed and blend until smooth, stop blender and stir if needed to mix the ingredients.  Pour into a glass. Repeat directions to make the other milkshake.
Makes two twelve ounce servings.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Copycat Rainforest Cafe Volcano Cake Dessert

If you have never been to the Rainforest Cafe, you need to make plans to go soon. The kids will love it and the old folks too. I have been several times and the visit is always enjoyable. The Rainforest Cafe Volcano Cake is my granddaughter Sydney favorite dessert to order. Be sure and yell Volcano when you serve it. The kids will love helping out when making this yummy dessert at home. Enjoy.

Ingredients needed:

4 chocolate brownies, already made, cut into 8 inch pieces
1 can whipped cream
3 tablespoons caramel sauce
12 scoops vanilla ice cream, more if you like
3 tablespoons hot fudge, warmed 

Directions for making:

Arrange scoops of ice cream in the center of a chilled large round plate.You may use more or less ice cream.

Place the brownies along the sides of the ice cream, making it look like a volcano shape.
Drizzle down the sides and on the top with both sauces.
Add the whipped cream all over the sides and down the center of the volcano.
Drizzle volcano with more sauce and stick a sparkler or streamer in the middle.