Copycat Recipes of Restaurant Secret Ingredients

pasta dishEver go to a restaurant and you tasted the best dish you ever had and wondered how they made it? Well, I did. I took a family member out to eat one evening and had the best pasta dish that I ever ate, so I searched out on how to make the it at home. I can’t say that it came out exactly like the pasta dish at the restaurant, but it was close enough and really good. There are quite a few recipes that are a copycat of the restaurant versions and I’ve got a couple to share that are easy to prepare.

Just Like KFC Biscuits


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 dash salt
1 tablespoon white sugar
½ cup butter
¾ cup buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. Cut in 1/2 cup butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mix in the buttermilk. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 2 minutes. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet, roll into a 6×6 inch square, and cut into 12 even sections. Do not separate.
  3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until a knife inserted in the center of the square comes out clean. Separate into biscuits, and serve hot.


Applebee’s 3 Cheese Penne Pasta


2 chicken breasts
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
3 cups penne pasta
15 ounces Alfredo sauce
8 ounces Italian cheese, shredded (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Provolone)
4 tomatoes
1 teaspoon basil
2 -3 garlic cloves
6 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Chop Chicken and marinade in Italian dressing for 30 minute.
  2. Chop tomatoes, add oil chopped Garlic and basil to make bruschetta. Set aside.
  3. Cook Penne in boiling water.
  4. Grill or broil Chicken.
  5. Divide pasta between two microwavable bowls.
  6. Pour Alfredo sauce over the pasta in each bowl.
  7. Add a layer of Chicken.
  8. Add a layer of shredded cheese.
  9. Microwave for 3 min, or longer if previously chilled till cheese is melted.
  10. Serve with Garlic bread.


McDonald’s Homemade Shamrock Shake


2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon peppermint extract


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour the shake into frosty glasses.
  3. Top off with your favorite whipped cream.


What is your favorite restaurant dish that you would like to make at home?

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