Slow Cooker Copycat Snapple Tea

It’s summer. That means iced tea for me, and in particular, Snapple. This copycat of the fantastic bottled version hits the spot on a hot day for sure. Just toss a few ingredients into your slow cooker and in a few hours you get great tasting tea. I prefer peach- or lemon-flavored tea, but you can use any flavor you’d like.
For lower calorie, lower carb tea use artificial sweetener and any one of the sugar-free fruit flavors of Torani syrup. I’ve found that some syrup flavors can be hard to find locally but thankfully, shipping isn’t bad so I ordered a few bottles online. You don’t have to worry about the syrups expiring either, so don’t be afraid to try several different flavors in your teas.

Slow Cooker Copycat Snapple Tea
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 3 quarts
 
Ingredients
  • 3 quarts water
  • 4 family-sized tea bags (I used Luzianne decaf)
  • 1 cup sugar (or sweetener)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon (bottled is ok)
  • 1/4 cup peach Torani syrup (you can use any flavor you like)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low 3 hours.
  3. Serve cold or over ice.

Copycat Firehouse Subs Battalion Chief Sub

I’ve never been to Firehouse Subs. So, I can’t really say for sure that this is a 100% copycat of their Battalion Chief sub (then again, I don’t see it on the menu any more). But I can say I thought this was a fantastic sandwich and if the rest of the menu at Firehouse Sub’s is anything like this, I need to get on over there and make up for lost time. Cheese, horseradish, roast beef and lettuce all on a nice toasted roll. Oh, and the surprise? Crunchy fried onions. Oh yeah.
I’m not as big a fan of horseradish as Anita is, even though it does go very, very well with roast beef. But, since finding The Mustard Man’s Simply Horsey mustard, I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan. Simply Horsey combines just the right amount of horseradish with creamy mustard and bit of mayonnaise. It has the perfect consistency for topping this copycat Firehouse Sub’s Battalion Chief sub.

Copycat Firehouse Subs Battalion Chief Sub
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Ingredients
  • French rolls or baguettes
  • Spicy horseradish mayonnaise (if you can't find any, just mix a little prepared horseradish with mayonnaise)
  • French fried onions
  • Deli roast beef, sliced thin
  • Sharp cheddar cheese slices
  • Green leaf lettuce leaves
Instructions
  1. Warm the bread as desired.
  2. Spread each bread halve with the horseradish mayonnaise.
  3. Sprinkle the bottom piece of bread with the fried onions (the mayonnaise will help the onions stick to the bread)
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and serve.

Copycat McDonald’s Cheddar Melt

“Bring it back!” “Bring it back!” That’s what a lot of folks are saying when they think about McDonald’s Cheddar Melt, which first came out around 2000, but it wasn’t available for long. But, so far, no luck. That’s when you have to step up and make it at home. And hey, to be honest.. it’s even better than I rememeber!

The real winning flavor on these McDonald’s Cheddar Melts is the onion and teriyaki mixture. It compliments the meaty burger and creamy cheddar sauce perfectly. I grilled my burgers because, well, that’s what I do, but you can also cook the burgers in the same pan that you cook the onions.
The cheese and onions are also perfect on hot dogs, so don’t be afraid to double or even triple the recipe. And hey, a dash or two of hot sauce isn’t a bad idea either. But don’t go crazy with it. You definitely do not want to hide the wonderful flavor of the toppings on these McDonald’s Cheddar Melts. Heck, you could just eat the cheese and onion with a spoon!

McDonald's Cheddar Melt
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
For the cheese sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted. butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Pinch each Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the onions
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon teriyaki sauce (store-bought or use my homemade version, below)
For the burgers
  • 4 burger patties
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns
For the teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
Instructions
For the cheese sauce
  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a saucepan.
  2. Whisk in the flour until combined. Cook for 1-3 minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Whisk in the milk and continue whisking for 3 minutes to thicken.
  4. Stir in the cheese and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce heat to low until ready to use.
For the onions
  1. Add oil to a medium skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute until tender.
  3. Stir in the teriyaki sauce.
  4. Reduce heat to low until ready to use.
For the burger
  1. Season burgers well with salt and pepper. Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking. Optionally, you can cook the burgers in the same skillet as you cook the onions.
  2. Grill burgers to desired doneness.
  3. Toast buns if desired.
  4. Assemble burgers by placing patties on buns. Top with cheese sauce and onion mixture.
For the teriyaki sauce.(makes more than you'll need for the burgers)
  1. Place 3/4 cup water, ginger, garlic powder, brown sugar, and honey in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. In a small cup or bowl combine 1/4 cup of water and the cornstarch. Whisk the mixture into the saucepan.
  3. Heat until sauce is the desired thickness, about 3 minutes. If too thick whisk in a bit more water.

Copycat Jimmy John’s Avocado Sandwich Spread

Sometimes you just need a little reminder to step outside of your box of usual sandwich spreads and use something you might not think of. This copycat of the avocado sandwich spread from Jimmy John’s is essentially guacamole with a few twists thrown in. It’s fantastic on a sandwich and for that matter, equally as great as a dip for tortilla chips. That’s why I doubled the recipe. Sandwiches and chips. Lunch is done.
Every sandwich needs a little spiciness in my opinion. Which is why I was happy that this avocado sandwich spread includes a jalapeno. Now, granted, it’s a small jalapeno so you’re not going to get overwhelming heat. But you don’t want that kick to be front-and-center. Just there, in the back. Noticed but not overwhelming.

Copycat Jimmy John's Avocado Sandwich Spread
Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded, chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 Roma tomato, chopped
  • 2 medium avocados, peeled, pitted, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
Instructions
  1. Place the jalapeno, onion, garlic and tomato into a blender or food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Place avocado into a large bowl. Drizzle with the lime juice and smash with the back of a fork. Transfer to the blender.
  3. Add the salt and mustard to the blender and pulse until the mixture reaches the desired thickness.
  4. Slather on bread for sandwiches. If you do have any extra spread it makes for a great chip dip!

Copycat Long John Silver’s Hush Puppies

Making a copycat of Long John Silver’s hush puppies was the crowning moment in my efforts to duplicate my childhood memories of eating at the fast food restaurant. I’ve made the fish. I’ve made the fries. And I’ve made the chicken planks. And now, I’ve made the hush puppies. And what fantastic hush puppies they are. The perfect texture and the perfect corn flavor. Get out the ketchup because it’s time for some hush puppy dunkin’!
People often tell that the origin of the name ‘hush puppies’ can be traced back to hunters and fishermen who would toss the fried cornmeal to their dogs to stop them from barking. But, if you have a few minutes, I recommend the article The Real History of Hushpuppies by Robert Moss over on Serious Eats. It’s a great read.

No matter why they’re called hush puppies, this copycat of Long John Silver’s treats is fantastic.

Copycat Long John Silver's Hush Puppies
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4-6 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Canola oil, for frying
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the milk and egg.
  2. In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients except for the oil.
  3. Whisk in the milk and egg mixture. You want the batter to be somewhat thick. If too thin add more cornmeal.
  4. Heat a few inches of oil to 375 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  5. Working on batches, drop batter into the hot oil. I used a 1/2 tablespoon measuring spoon. If you want smaller hush puppies use a teaspoon measuring spoon.
  6. Fry until golden brown, flipping after the bottom is brown.
  7. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate or cooling rack.
  8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (ketchup!).

Copycat Royal Red Robin Burger

I’ve been in a sort of burger ‘rut’ lately, making your standard griddle burgers. Now, they are great, and I will keep making them, but I decided I’d better up my game a bit. So I made a copycat of the Royal Red Robin burger, which I’ve had a few times at Red Robin and have always enjoyed. This copycat is spot-on. It’s a pretty standard burger, but topped with a fried egg. A fried egg can make all the difference in the world to a burger. As does mayonnaise. I wish I’d known that a long, long time ago.
Red Robin has a lot of great burgers. For a limited time, years ago, they offered the Mount Vesuvius Burger, which is crazy good and crazy big.  But for a simple, flavor-packed burger, the Royal Red Robin burger is the way to go. Just try to not bust your egg like I did!

Copycat Royal Red Robin Burger
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 eggs, cooked over-medium
  • Ketchup
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked, halved
  • 4 this slices tomatoes
  • Iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • Mayonnaise
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
Instructions
  1. Divide beef into 4 equally sized patties. Season with salt and pepper and cook as desired. I prefer mine cooked over high heat on a griddle so they get a bit of a crust to them.
  2. Place cheese on bun bottoms.
  3. Add the burger, egg, ketchup, bacon halves, tomato, and lettuce.
  4. Slather top bun with mayonnaise and serve.

Copycat Hooters Asian Wings

This copycat of the Asian wings from Hooters is beyond incredible. These are easily my favorite Asian-flavored wings. I could not possibly eat too many of them. I quickly regretted not making a bigger batch as they disappeared in minutes. The sauce is the boss here. It’s a bit sweet with a bit of soy flavor. Reduced to a thick glaze, the sauce is almost candy-like in texture. And like candy, it’s impossible to resist.
These copycat Hooters Asian wings are not spicy in any way, shape, or form. I’m usually a ‘hot’ hot wings guy, but these opened my eyes to wings with a sweeter inspiration. If you want your wings to have some kick, add dried red pepper flake or cayenne to the sauce as you reduce it down. I would not add hot sauce as it would change the color of the sauce.

I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.

Copycat Hooters Asian Wings
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste (don't be shy with the pepper)
For the Asian sauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced fresh ginger (or use 1 teaspoon dried ginger)
Instructions
  1. Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  2. Add the oil, salt and pepper. Seal and toss to coat.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy.
  5. Toss wings with sauce before serving.
For the sauce (start cooking when you start the wings)
  1. Combine ingredients in a sauce pan.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and continue simmering, stirring often, until the sauce forms a thick glaze, about 30 minutes.

Copycat McDonald’s Hamburger

Just because I don’t eat fast food doesn’t mean I can’t make it at home. The last time I had an original McDonald’s hamburger, I believe Star Wars was just out in the movie theaters. Yep it’s been a while. But you know, this copycat version really brought back memories. It takes just like I remember the original burger to be. Now mine might be a tad larger, but then, so am I. The key to this burger is the seasoning. Make a batch and keep it on hand for any burger, not just this McDonald’s burger.
To make the burger feel even more like the original McDonald’s burger I served it with a copycat of McDonald’s French fries. The fries definitely make you think you just pulled out of the drive-thru at your local McDonald’s, opened the bag, and grabbed and ate a handful of hot fries. Admit it, when they’re hot and crunchy, they’re good. Really good. And a great pairing with this hamburger.

Copycat McDonald's Hamburger
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Serves: 10 servings
 
Note: Just like the original, these hamburgers will be very thin which can be a bit challenging to make and cook. Don't be afraid to double the size of the patties.
Ingredients
For the burgers
  • 1 pound ground chuck (use 80/20 for the best results)
  • 1/4 cup dried minced onions
  • 10 small hamburger buns
  • 10 hamburger dill pickle slices
  • Ketchup and prepared mustard
  • Wax paper
For the seasoning (makes more than you'll need)
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons Accent
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Divide the beef into 10 equally-sized balls. Form into thin patties 4" in diameter and 1/4" thick. Place onto wax paper and freeze for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, place the dried minced onions into a small resealable container. Add enough water to cover by 1". Seal and refrigerate until time to make the hamburgers.
  3. When ready to make the burgers, fire up a grill or heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Working in batches, season the patties liberally on both sides and cook until done.
  5. Toast buns.
  6. Assemble burgers by placing cooked patties on bun bottoms. Add a squirt each of ketchup and mustard, along with a slice of dill pickle and a teaspoon of the re-hydrated onions.
  7. Add the top bun and serve.
For the seasoning
  1. Combine all ingredients.