Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Boy, talk about something that flew off the table so fast that I was starting to wonder if we’d been robbed. We all thought that this copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits was even better than the restaurant favorite. They aren’t quite as crumbly. They held up to dunking in pot roast gravy, and that’s saying something. Granted, you probably can’t find pot roast gravy at Red Lobster.
Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I admit that when I made these copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuits that I used a bit more parsley than the recipe below calls for. The biscuits are a little sweet (I’m not saying that in a bad way). The parsley gave a nice little herby contrast to that.

Next time I might try cutting back on the parsley, but increase the cayenne. I do like a little heat!

These biscuits are great for soppin’ up the broth from my NOLA smoked shrimp.

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Course Bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted, cooled

For the topping

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh parlsey minced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 475 F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silpat.
  • In a large bowl,whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, garlic powder and cayenne. Fold in the cheddar cheese.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the buttermilk and melted butter until the butter forms clumps.
  • Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and mix gently with a spatula just until a dough forms and there are no dry ingredients remaining.
  • Lightly spray a 1/4 cup measuring cup with non-stick spray. Scoop out 1/4 cup of dough at a time and place on the prepared baking sheet, 1" apart.
  • Bake 12-15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and brush with melted butter parsley mixture.

Copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker Wings

Whenever we are in the Cincinnati area we make a stop at Quaker Steak & Lube for wings. They have the best sauces and service around. Anita’s favorite sauce there is Thai ‘R’ Cracker, a somewhat sweet chili sauce. We also usually pick up a few bottles of sauce to take home. Those bottles don’t normally last long, so I decided to make a copycat of the sauce. Just like the original, this chili sauce-based mixture combines a bit of sweet and a bit of heat all with a slight Asian zing. It’s really, really good stuff. The kind of stuff that makes you want to lick your wings, which is borderline weird.
Copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai 'R' Cracker WingsThe secret to this copycat Thai ‘R’ Cracker sauce is in the chili sauces you choose. Both garlic and sweet chili sauces come in a lot of different variations, making it difficult to match the original taste exactly. I recommend getting a few bottles of each different sauce and mix them and try them to find the combination that you prefer. Our local grocery store had several different brands of each. You can also try your local Asian market for others.

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 Thai 'R' Cracker Wings

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded or saved for making chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup garlic chili sauce or more as desired
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil I used a bit less than 1 teaspoon. You might want to start with 1/2 teaspoon and taste and add more if you desire. A little sesame oil goes a long ways.
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger I substituted 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

Instructions

For the sauce

  • Combine all ingredients. Add more garlic chili sauce and sesame oil as desired.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

We absolutely love meatloaf. We don’t consider it to be just a cold-weather dish, either. Heck, one of our favorite meatloaf recipes involve smoking it, which isn’t that much fun to do when it’s -20 F and windy out (although I’ve done it). That’s why I’m always excited when I come across a new-to-me recipe, like this copycat Cracker Barrel meatloaf.

This is great meatloaf. It has the perfect balance of texture and flavor. It’s not crazy different than what grandma would make. It’s old school and it’s incredibly great. Great on a plate sliced or on bread as a meatloaf sandwich. You can’t beat it.
Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

This is the part of my blog posts where I suggest ways to change up a recipe. Add a bit of kick. Do things differently. Not this time. Not for this copycat Cracker Barrel meatloaf. I wouldn’t change this. Ever. The idea to change it never entered my mind. We loved this meatloaf just as it is.

Also try my easy Creole meatloaf.

Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 sleeves Ritz crackers crushed
  • 1/2 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper finely diced
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Topping

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Add the crushed crackers, onion, bell pepper, milk, salt, pepper and cheese. Mix well.
  • Add the ground beef and combine. Transfer to the foil-lined pan and shape into a loaf that is 2-3" thick,
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Mix the topping ingredients and brush over the top of the loaf. Bake for another 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 F.
  • Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Copycat Jersey Mike’s Sub

It seems that there is a sub shop on every corner no matter where you go. When we do grab a sub, it’s Jersey Mike’s. We love the bread, the ratio of ingredients, oil and vinegar, and seasonings. We don’t eat out often, so when we get a craving for a sub we make a copycat of Jersey Mike’s sub at home.
Copycat Jersey Mike's Sub

The keys to making a good copycat of Jersey Mike’s sub are the right oil ratio (3 parts canola oil and 1 part olive oil) and the red wine vinegar (5% diluted). After that, you can do whatever you want, pretty much. We like ours “Mike’s Way”, with tomato, lettuce, onion, and of course oregano and salt. It’s a combination that always works.

Also checkout my copycat of one of my all-time favorite restaurant sandwiches, Subway’s Italian BMT, and my copycat of Quizno’s Italian Sub and of course, my copycat Firehouse Subs Battalion Chief sub too! And you don’t have to make a copycat of a chain restaurant sandwich to have a great lunch, either. Try my house sub too!

Copycat Jersey Mike's Sub

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

For the sandwich

  • 2 loaves French bread sliced horizontally
  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce shredded
  • 1 pound thin sliced deli sandwich meat
  • 2 large tomatoes sliced
  • 1 large sweet onion sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano more or less, to taste, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt more or less, to taste
  • red wine vinegar diluted to 5%, see note
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  • Assemble the sandwich by dividing the meat between the bread halves.
  • Add the tomato and onion slices. Top with a few good handfuls of the lettuce.
  • Sprinkle the sandwiches with the red wine vinegar. Don't be shy with it.
  • Combine the canola and olive oils and sprinkle over the sandwiches. More is better, in my opinion.
  • Finally, sprinkle tops with the oregano and salt. Add the top halves of the bread, slice in half in the middle. Serve.

Notes

Note: The red wine vinegar you use should be dilute to 5%. I checked a few of the bottles available at our local grocery store and all were 5%, so I did not need to dilute the vinegar any further.

Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero Sauce

Don’t fear the habanero. Don’t worry about the heat. Well, ok, maybe a little. But it’s really tamed by the fantastic mango sauce. This might well be the perfect combination of sweet and heat. This is what Buffalo wing sauce wants to be when it grows up. This copycat Buffalo Wild Wings mango habanero sauce is nothing but awesome.
Copycat Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero SauceI used a can of mango nectar when I made this copycat Buffalo Wild Wings mango habanero sauce. It can be found in the Hispanic foods section of your grocery store. If you can’t find it, you might find it in the juice section. In a pinch, you can substitute mango that has been diced and pureed until very smooth. In that case you’ll probably need to strain the sauce before using.

Also try my copycats of BW3s spicy garlic and Parmesan garlic wings.

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 Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habanero Sauce

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips discarded
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Fire-Eater Rub to taste

For the sauce

  • 1 can mango nectar
  • Habanero sauce to taste
  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup Frank's RedHot sauce
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter

Instructions

For the sauce (prepare when you start cooking the wings)

  • Combine ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Stir and simmer until reduced to the desired consistency.
  • Keep warm until ready to use.

Copycat Zax Sauce

It was one of those days where I just needed a bit of a kick of inspiration. It was cold out and I just wanted to eat something out of a box. I didn’t want it to be blah though, so I made a batch of this copycat Zax sauce. Sure, I just dipped chicken fingers in it at first, but after that I used the sauce on sandwich wraps and hamburgers. It’s great no matter what you slather it on. Or dip in it.
copycat-zax-sauceI was going to add some heat, some kick to this copycat Zax sauce, but I talked myself out of it. And I’m glad I did, too. It’s really quite good just as it is.

Oh did I mention you can dip French fries in this too? Why aren’y mayonnaise-based dipping sauces for fries aren’t more popular in the US? It’s such a welcome change from ketchup.

For dipping sauces, try my copycat of Chick-fil-A’s dipping sauce, firecracker dipping sauce or my chili dipping sauce. All are great for dipping my crazy-good chicken fingers.

Copycat Zax Sauce

Course Sauce
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 3 /4 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using as a dip for chicken fingers, fries, or slathering on a burger or chicken sandwich.

Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Last week was salad week here. Every once-in-a-while I go on a one-week long campaign to make salads. Not little ole wimpy salads, but meal-sized salads that dreams are made of. To add a special touch I often make dressings from scratch, like this copycat Chipotle honey vinaigrette. This dressing checked all the boxes. Perfect consistency (very important!). Nice and creamy. A little sweat. And a little heat. Heck, I just realized that my favorite salad dressings are a lot like barbecue sauces! Huh!
Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

This copycat Chipotle honey vinaigrette is not only great on salads, it’s also great as a marinade for chicken. Just let chicken breasts (or whatever cuts you prefer) get happy in the dressing for an hour or so, then grill as desired. So make extra vinaigrette and enjoy!

Also try my copycat of Panera’s Strawberry Poppy Seed dressing.

Copycat Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients except for the olive oil into a blender.
  • Blend on low speed. With the blender still running, slowly add the oil.
  • Refrigerate for one hour before serving.

Angry Whopper Sauce

Burger King recently came out with their Angry Whopper. It’s loaded with all darned near everything you can imagine, from jalapenos to onion petals to bacon. And angry sauce. Now, I didn’t set out to make the Angry Whopper at home. I was after the Angry Whopper sauce. And I found it. Wonderfully spicy and creamy, the sauce turns my normal (but fantastic anyway) grilled burger into a delight.
Angry Whopper Sauce

I wouldn’t hesitate to kick up the heat in this angry Whopper sauce. A little more hot sauce and a little more cayenne pepper isn’t gonna hurt anyone, so I say go for it. This is also a great sauce for a cookout. No one wants that old boring ketchup. They want a great burger sauce instead!

Also try my Fire-Eater burger sauce!

Angry Whopper Sauce

Course Burger Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Frank's RedHot Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Both of the Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants near us have closed. Thankfully, I picked up a copy of Margaritaville: The Cookbook, so I can make some of my restaurant favorites at home. And that starts with making the signature burger, the Cheeseburger in Paradise.

Delicious old-school burgers with a few twists that make them unique and oh-so-yummy. These burgers are what burgers are supposed to be: moist, seasoned well, and topped with a sauce (and some juices) that drips down your arms with every bite.
Cheeseburgers in ParadiseI do admit that I used slightly less cumin than the original recipe called for. Anita’s not a big fan of cumin. The seasoning was still out-of-this-world fantastic. I always keep some on hand in an air-tight container for those times when I’m throwing some burgers on the griddle, which is often.

You might think that the dressing looks a lot like Thousand Island dressing. The addition of lime really makes it special and different.

Cheeseburgers in Paradise

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef I prefer an 80/20 blend
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning blend see below
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 1/2 cup Paradise Island dressing see below
  • 4 buns split, lightly toasted
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 8 large tomato slices
  • Dill pickle slices

For the Margaritaville house seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon or slightly less, to taste cumin

For the Paradise Island dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

For the Margaritaville house seasoning

  • Combine all ingredients. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container.

For the Paradise Island dressing

  • Whisk together all ingredients. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

For the burgers

  • Divide and shape the beef into 4 equally-sized patties. Season liberally with the house seasoning.
  • Cook as desired. I prefer to cook mine on a griddle over a hot grill, but you can also make them in a skillet.
  • Top each patty with 2 slices of the cheese.
  • Slather the buns with the dressing. Add the lettuce, patty, tomato, pickles and top bun.

Copycat Jason’s Deli California Club Sandwich

Back in my high school days I worked in a no-name sub shop. I made some mighty darned good sandwiches if I do say so myself. But honestly, nothing I made was as good as this copycat Jason’s Deli California Club sandwich. First, we didn’t make sandwiches on croissants, which give the sandwich such a nice light buttery flavor. And I had no idea then what alfalfa sprouts were. Now I love them on a sandwich, along with guacamole. This sandwich would’ve been a big seller at the sub shop where I worked.
Copycat Jason's Deli California Club SandwichI used a spicy guacamole to offset some of the sweetness of the croissant in my copycat Jason’s Deli California club sandwich. You can use ‘normal’ guacamole instead, or try my copycat of Jimmy John’s avocado sandwich spread instead.

I also could not find alfalfa sprouts at any of the grocery stores near our house. None of them. In fact one doesn’t carry sprouts any more at all. Luckily I found some bean sprouts. They aren’t the same thing as alfalfa sprouts but they did add a similar texture.

Also try my copycat Red Robin BLTA.

Copycat Jason's Deli California Club Sandwich

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 croissants halved horizontally
  • 1 pound thinly sliced turkey sandwich meat
  • 1 sliced tomato
  • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts I substituted bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup guacamole
  • 8 thin slices sweet onion
  • 4 strips cooked crispy bacon
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 thin slices Swiss cheese

Instructions

  • Divide ingredients between the 4 rolls.