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Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« on: October 19, 2007, 05:02:21 PM »
Auntie Venom mentioned Olive Garden's stuffed mushrooms in another thread, so I figured I'd start a thread about it. Does anyone have any "copycat" recipes laying around? I know there's several websites devoted to this topic, but I figured it'd be fun anyway!

OLIVE GARDEN STUFFED MUSHROOMS

 8-12        fresh mushrooms
1 (6    ounce) can clams (drained and finely minced, save 1/4 cup of clam juice for stuffing)
1    green onion, finely minced
1    egg (beaten)
1/2    teaspoon minced garlic
1/8    teaspoon garlic salt
1/2    cup Italian style breadcrumbs
1    teaspoon oregano leaves
1    tablespoon melted butter, cooled
2    tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
1    tablespoon finely grated romano cheese
2    tablespoons finely grated mozzarella cheese (for stuffing)
1/4    cup finely grated mozzarella cheese (for garnish)
1/4    cup melted butter
   fresh parsley (for garnish)


   1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
   2. Lightly oil a small baking dish.
   3. Gently wash and stem mushrooms; pat dry (Save stems for another recipe).
   4. Combine clams, onions, garlic salt, minced garlic, butter and oregano in a bowl and mix well.
   5. Add Italian bread crumbs, egg, clam juice, mixing well.
   6. Add Parmesan, Romano, and Mozzarella cheeses to the clam stuffing and mix well.
   7. Place approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of the clam stuffing mixture inside mushroom cavity and slightly mound (You should be able to stuff between 8- 12 mushrooms depending on the size of mushrooms).
   8. Place the stuffed mushrooms in slightly oiled baking dish and pour 1/4 cup melted butter over the top of the mushrooms.
   9. Cover and place in oven for about 35- 40 minutes.
  10. Remove cover; sprinkle the 1/4 cup freshly grated mozzarella cheese on top and pop back in oven just so the cheese melts slightly.
  11. Garnish with freshly diced parsley.
  12. Serve hot.


.... I've tried this recipe a few times, and from what my taste buds can tell, it's pretty close.  :)

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2007, 05:10:05 PM »
Oooh, I love this idea!  Here's a few from my collection:

Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Serves: 8
Prep. Time: 0:15

2 cups Bisquick® baking mix
2/3 cup milk - low fat okay
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese - low fat okay
1/4 cup butter OR margarine - melted
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
parsley flakes - as needed
   

-Combine Bisquick®, milk, and cheddar and beat with a wooden spoon for about 30 seconds.

-Spoon onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.

-Bake in 450 degree oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

-Combine butter and garlic powder and pour over hot biscuits; sprinkle with parsley.

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Olive Garden Salad Mix

Ingredients

Salad Mix:
1 bag American blend Dole Salad
4-5 slices red onion
4-6 Black olives
2-4 Banana peppers
1/2 cup croutons
1 small tomato, quartered
Freshy grated Parmesan cheese

Dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 tsp vegetable oil
2 Tbls. corn syrup
2 Tbls. Parmesan cheese
2 Tbls. Romano cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. parsley flakes
1 Tbl. lemon juice

Directions:

Mix all ingredients for dressing in a blender or processor until well blended. If this is a little too tart for your personal taste, please add a little sugar. Toss with salad mix.

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Big Mac Special Sauce

courtesy Tom McMahon

Ingredients

1/4 cup KRAFT Miracle Whip
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons, heaping, WISHBONE deluxe French salad dressing (the orange stuff)
1/2 tablespoon HEINZ sweet relish
2 teaspoons, heaping, VLASIC dill pickle relish (Heinz dill relish also works)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried, minced onion
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon ketchup
1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

Mix everything very well in a small container. There better be no streaks! Microwave 25 seconds, and stir well again. Cover, and refrigerate at LEAST 1 hour before using. (to allow all of the flavors to “meld”) Makes nearly 1 cup… enough for about 8 Big Macs.

 
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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2007, 01:37:21 AM »
There's a great website that I use
http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp
You have to pay for some of the recipes, but molten chocolate cake is worth it.

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2007, 01:56:16 AM »
For anyone who's ever wondered about the Sante Fe Ranch dressing at Boston Pizza, it's two thirds ranch, one third salsa, and a dash of tobasco. Another one I use is the Cactus Cut Potato Dip- sour cream, ceasar dressing, a ton of parm cheese, hot chillis, and green onions. You can even throw a little sundried tomato paste in if you remember the Ravioli Cheese Bite dip from a few years ago. My personal favorite though is the Alfredo Chicken Dip that they don't have on the menu anymore. Alfredo sauce, diced chicken, mozza cheese, garlic butter, tobasco sauce, green onion, and red peppers, served with chips. So yummy. I worked in a BP kitchen for a year so if anyone has any requests, just let me know. :)
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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2007, 02:01:17 AM »
Anyone know the sauce that they serve with Awesome Blossoms and other fried onion petal things?  I love that stuff :)

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2007, 07:38:11 AM »
Anyone know the sauce that they serve with Awesome Blossoms and other fried onion petal things?  I love that stuff :)

Try this perhaps.  I almost put it up earlier, but it doesn't claim to be a "copycat" of any particular restaurants' sauce.  Still, tastes pretty genuine to me!

Blooming Onion Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons ketchup
2 tablespoons cream-style horseradish
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
Dash ground black pepper
Dash cayenne pepper

Directions

Prepare the dipping sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Keep the sauce covered in your refrigerator until needed. Great with onion rings or a blooming onion.

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2007, 08:05:10 AM »
My dad loves that creamy orangy shrimp dipping sauce that you find in some Japanese restaurants.  He finally figured out a similar enough recipe and passed it along to me:

Japanese Shrimp Sauce

Ingredients

Makes 18 - 20 fluid ounces
2 cups mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
4 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 dash hot pepper sauce
1 pinch salt
up to 4 fluid ounces water and/
or additional rice vinegar

Directions

Start by mixing the mayonnaise and ketchup in a mixing bowl (or blender if you prefer). Dissolve the sugar, salt, hot pepper sauce, and spices in the rice vinegar. Blend the vinegar/spice mixture into to the mayonnaise/ ketchup base, adding water (and/or more rice vinegar if you like it tart) slowly until the sauce is smooth and at the desired consistency. Adjust ingredients to taste.


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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2007, 09:55:27 AM »
this is another site that has copycat recipes:

http://www.copykat.com/

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2007, 01:58:13 PM »
Boston Market Creamed Spinach

10 oz can cream of celery soup
1 tb flour
4 tb butter/margarine     
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper
20 oz frozen chopped spinach, cooked and drained
1 small onion, minced

In a saucepan, on medium heat, whisk together soup, flour, butter, garlic, salt and pepper until smooth and piping hot.  Combine with spinach and onion.
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Bennigan's Hot Bacon Dressing

2 oz bacon grease
1/4 lb red onion, diced fine
2 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tb Dijon mustard
1 1/2 tb cornstarch
1 tb Tabasco (optional)

Place the bacon grease in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté until the onions start to blacken. While the onions are caramelizing, in a mixing bowl place the water, honey, pepper sauce, and red wine vinegar. Using a wire whisk, mix the ingredients well. Add the cornstarch and whisk well.

After the onions have caramelized, add the Dijon mustard to the onions and stir together with a rubber spatula. Add the vinegar/honey mixture to the mustard and onions and mix. Continue stirring until mix thickens and comes to a boil. Remove from heat and store in refrigerator until needed. To reheat, use a double boiler or microwave.

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2007, 03:18:47 PM »
Thanks, Cristen, I'll give it a try!  I don't need exactly the recipe the restaurant uses anyway, just something similar.  I tweak everything to my tastes eventually anyway :)

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2007, 04:39:13 PM »
There's a great website that I use
http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp
You have to pay for some of the recipes, but molten chocolate cake is worth it.

I have one of the books by this name.  The only recipe we make regularly is IHOP's cheese blintzes.  Most of the others I haven't even tried.

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2007, 07:47:17 PM »
My fav is Tony Roma's Carolina Smokey bbq sauce

1 cup ketchup
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molases
2 tbs onion powder
2 tbs garlic powder
1 tbs liquid smoke

Combein in a pot, whisk and simmer for 45 minutes, stiring frequently.  yuuuuumy sauce.

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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2007, 08:06:47 PM »
Olive Garden actually posts some of their recipes at http://www.olivegarden.com/recipes/recipe_search/
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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2007, 08:11:03 PM »
Please, I'm not trying to stir up a "who invented Brunswick Stew" debate . . . I'm just sharing the actual recipe for a Georgia version of Brunswick Stew from Spanky’s Seafood Grill & Bar of Brunswick, Georgia (recipe actually provided by the restaurant itself!)

Brunswick Stew

World Famous Brunswick Stew recipe from Spanky’s Seafood Grill & Bar of Brunswick, Georgia!!

First the sauce:

In a 2 quart sauce pan, over low heat, melt ¼ cup of butter then add:
1¾ cups Catsup
¼ cup French’s Yellow Mustard
¼ cup white vinegar

Blend until smooth, then add:
½ tablespoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
½ oz. Liquid Smoke
1 oz. Worcestershire Sauce
1 oz. Crystal Hot Sauce or ½ oz. Tabasco
½ tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Blend until smooth, then add:
¼ cup dark brown sugar
Stir constantly, increase heat to simmer (DO NOT BOIL) for approx. 10 minutes.
Makes approx. 3½ cups of sauce (set aside - to be added later).

Then The Stew:

In a 2 gallon pot, over low heat melt ¼ lb of butter then add:
3 cups small diced potatoes
1 cup small diced onion
2 14½ oz. cans of chicken broth
1 lb baked chicken (white and dark)
8-10 oz. smoked pork

Bring to a rolling boil, stirring until potatoes are near done, then add:
1 8½ oz. can early peas
2 14½ oz. cans stewed tomatoes - (chop tomatoes, add liquid to the stew pot)
The prepared sauce
1 16 oz. can of baby lima beans
¼ cup Liquid Smoke
1 14½ oz. can creamed corn
Slow simmer for 2 hours

Yields 1 gallon


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Re: Restaurant Copycat Recipes
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2007, 08:15:29 PM »
Olive Garden actually posts some of their recipes at http://www.olivegarden.com/recipes/recipe_search/

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