Get Your Favorite Take Out Treats Without Leaving Your Kitchen

We've got knock-off recipes for all of your favorite take out guilty pleasures.

I love fried chicken!

One of my favorites is Popeye’s Chicken, but their closest location is more than 10 miles away from home, so we only get to have it once in a while.

Then I stumbled upon a knockoff Popeye’s Chicken recipe online, and I decided to try making my own.

Of course, it’s no substitute for the real thing, but it was really good. When a craving hits and there isn’t always time to make the drive to get the real thing, this’ll do.

The experience inspired me to write a "take-out fake-out" post featuring restaurant favorites you can try making at home. Just click on the links to the recipe for take-out treat of your choice.

Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels – Make your own oven-baked soft pretzels, then dip them in butter and seasoning, like cinnamon and sugar or garlic powder. The secret is in the baking-soda wash.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits – Not being a seafood fan myself, I have never actually been to Red Lobster or eaten one of these, but I know other people who absolutely rave about these biscuits. This "fluffy, cheesy, moist" recipe is for from-scratch biscuits, but a little Google-work will net you a simpler recipe that starts with Bisquick. 

Cracker Barrel Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole – Healthy, this casserole is not. But it is delicious. It includes only six ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. Put them all together and what do you get? A new family favorite. 

Olive Garden salad dressing – Some people eat at Olive Garden just for the salad and breadsticks. The dressing is so tasty, and although it’s Italian dressing, I’ve never been able to find anything even close in a bottle (except for the bottle Olive Garden sells). With this recipe you can have a yummy salad at home anytime, and you can add your family’s own salad favorites. Once mixed, this dressing will stay good for about four weeks in the refrigerator. Click here for breadsticks!

Cinnabon cinnamon bun – Looking for something warm, sweet and gooey for dessert tonight? How about these cinnamon bun clones? The recipe includes the bun and also the coveted icing you can never get enough of. The recipe is designed for mixing in a bread machine, and makes a dozen cinnamon rolls, but can easily be doubled.

What restaurant favorite would you love to be able to make at home? Tell us in the comments below.

Marilyn Lockman August 20, 2012 at 04:47 PM


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