Copycat KFC Potato Wedges

These copycat KFC potato wedges could easily be the most dangerous side dish ever made. There’s no way you could make too many of these. There’s no way you’d ever have any leftovers. They are absolutely divinely yummy. Crunchy on the outside. Creamy on the inside. Absolutely packed with flavor.

Copycat KFC Potato Wedges

Trust me, serving ketchup or any other dipping sauce with these copycat KFC potato wedges is just about a waste of time. They’re delicious right off the plate, nothing added. They are by far my favorite potato side, and that’s saying a lot because up until now I dreamed about baked potatoes almost nightly. Well, they’ve been replaced with these wedges. Sorry, bakers.

Don’t forget to also make my copycat KFC bean salad!

Copycat KFC Potato Wedges

Course Side or Appetizer
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Russet potatoes rinsed, patted dry
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning optional, but recommended
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  • In a small bowl or pie plate whisk together the milk and egg.
  • In another small bowl or pie plate, whisk together the flour, salt, garlic salt, onion powder, pepper and poultry seasoning, if using.
  • Cut the potatoes into wedges. You want the wedges to be thin and uniform. Try to cut them so they are 3/8" in thickness at the center.
  • Lay a wire rack on top of a large baking sheet.
  • Working in small batches, dip the potatoes first into the flour mixture, then into the milk mixture, and back into the flour again. Transfer to the wire rack.
  • After all of the potatoes have been dredged let them dry for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil to 350 F.
  • Working in batches, fry the potatoes for 5-6 minutes. They will not be quite done or golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to drain.
  • Once all of the potatoes have been fried the first time, fry them again, but this time for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crunch delicious. Transfer to a rack to drain and cool slightly.

Copycat KFC Bean Salad

I am a big huge fan of vinegary bean salads. My mom’s recipe is one of my all-time favorites. This copycat of the bean salad you used to be able to get at KFC is just as good as mom’s, if not better. It’s dangerously similar, but with a twist: green bell pepper. Well, you could’ve knocked me down with a feather. How was I to know how much that lil old bell pepper would add to this salad?

Copycat KFC Bean Salad

This recipe for a copycat KFC bean salad makes a decent-sized batch. Good enough for a family get-together. And it’ll hold up in the heat for a bit too. But it won’t last anyways, because everyone is going to love it. I sure did.

Don’t forget to also make my copycat KFC potato wedges!

Copycat KFC Bean Salad

Course Salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Servings 14
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce can cut green beans
  • 16 ounce can wax beans
  • 16 ounce can kidney beans light or dark
  • 1 medium green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 medium white onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place the beans in a large colander. Rinse and drain well.
  • Transfer beans to a resealable container. Add the bell pepper and onion.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Add the oil mixture to the beans and stir gently. Cover and refrigerate 12 hours.
  • Toss gently before serving.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

If you’re into pickles like I am, you will agree that this is the best pasta salad ever. It’s packed with dill pickle flavor. Not just in the dressing. And not just from the pickle slices. Even the pasta tastes dill-y. Sorry, but yeah, it’s dill-icious. I had to say it. Because I absolutely love this dill pickle pasta salad.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

What would I change about this dill pickle salad? Well, I’d not make such a small batch next time, that’s for sure. I’d double it at the very least.

This recipe is also another lesson in why you never, ever toss the juice left in your pickle jars once the pickles are gone. Save it. Always.

Also try my Tuscan pasta salad.

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1/2 pound medium pasta shells
  • 3/4 cup dill pickles sliced
  • 2/3 cup medium cheddar cheese diced
  • 3 tablespoons white onion finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill or 1 heaping teaspoon dried, to taste
  • 1/2 cup pickle juice from the jar (never toss out pickle jar juice!)

For the dressing

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1.4 tablespoons pickle juice from the jar (like I said, never toss out pickle jar juice!)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the dressing

  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.

For the salad

  • Cook the pasta to al dente per the package instructions. Rinse and drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the pickle juice to the pasta and toss gently to coat. Let sit for 5 minutes then drain (but do not rinse!).
  • Add in the dressing and stir gently to coat.
  • Place in fridge for at least 1 hour before serving. I prefer to let the salad come to near room temperature before serving so that the dressing is not quite as thick.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

I’ve made this creamy, tasty, bacony loaded baked potato salad twice now. And I’m not ashamed to admit that the second time I made it, I unintentionally made a boo-boo. I was relying on my (fading) memory, and completely forgot to bake the salad. Well, you know what? It was just as fantastic as the baked version! Either way, I felt like I was biting into a seriously loaded up baked potato (my favorite kind). So hot or cold, dig in!
Loaded Baked Potato SaladJust about any potato will do in this loaded baked potato salad, but I tend to use Yukons because they add a very buttery flavor. I also prefer to steam my potato chunks instead of boil them. Tossing and beating and bagging around in a pot is a good way to turn a nice square potato piece into a marble-looking potato in no time.

Speaking of baked potatoes, try my go-to, never-failed technique for making the perfect baked potato.

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes peeled, cubed
  • 4 potatoes unpeeled, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon cooked, chopped, divided
  • 6 green onions chopped, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes and cook until just soft. Note: I prefer to steam my potatoes so that they keep their shape better, but boiling them is just fine. Drain.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients, reserving some of the crumbled bacon, green onions and cheese.
  • Fold to combine.

To serve cold

  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Serve topped with reserved bacon, green onions and cheese.

To serve hot

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Transfer potato mixture to a baking dish.
  • Top with reserved bacon, green onions and cheese.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes.
  • Add bacon, onions and cheese (reserve some of each for top).
  • Mix with potatoes.
  • Pour into baking dish.
  • Top with reserved cheese, onions, and bacon.
  • Bake 350 for 10-15 minutes (until cheese melts).

Easy Grilled Creole Potatoes

You’re throwing some burgers on the grill. You need a quick and easy side. One that uses ingredients you already have on hand. These easy grilled Creole potatoes check all the boxes for a tasty but simple dish that’s ready in no time. I like to cook my veggies in a grill basket. I find it easier than using skewers and I don’t have to worry about the potatoes splitting when I skewer them. Easy, each and every time.

Easy Grilled Creole Potatoes

You can substitute a Dijon mustard for the Creole if you prefer. Just make sure to get a good hearty mustard. You know, one with ingredients you can see. Not that creamy stuff. For me, Creole is the way to go when making easy grilled Creole potatoes. And I’m not shy with the mustard, either.

Also try my grilled potatoes with mustard-garlic dressing.

Easy Grilled Creole Potatoes

Course Side
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes about 8, all about the same size
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Creole mustard I prefer Zatarain's
  • 1/2 teaspoon. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Stab the potatoes with a knife or fork. Place in a microwave-safe bowl. Add the water and cover. Microwave for 10-12 minutes until the potatoes are just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let cool.
  • Quarter the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard and pepper. Add to the potatoes. Stir to coat and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a vegetable basket (or thread onto skewers) and grill 8-10 minutes until lightly charred and tender, turning a few times.
  • Remove, transfer to a platter, sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Oh, Tuscan pasta salad, where have you been? I was getting just a bit tired of pasta salads and coleslaw then you came along and boom! Something totally different. This recipe makes a nice big batch, perfect for a family get-together, and perfect for that ‘wow factor too.

There’s nothing in this that will scare off grandma I tend to make my dishes on the spicy side. I resisted that temptation with this Tuscan pasta salad, with great results. Fresh and exciting, this salad hits the spot with it’s Italian-inspired flavors.
Tuscan Pasta SaladYou can substitute a tablespoon of dried basil for the fresh if you wish. Just make sure you crumble it a bit in your hand before adding it. I used fresh spinach, but you can also get away with frozen. Just make sure that it’s thawed completely first and squeeze very last drop of water from it before adding it (I like to place it in a kitchen towel, wrap it up tight, and squeeze the heck out of it).

Also try my Mardis Gras pasta salad and also my amazing dill pickle pasta salad.

Tuscan Pasta Salad

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 -10 servings

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 16 ounce box bow-tie pasta
  • 1 7 ounce jar sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 6.5 ounce can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

For the dressing

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the salad

  • Cook the pasta per package instructions. Rinse with cold water and drain well. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add remaining salad ingredients and mix.
  • Add the dressing and toss to coat.

For the dressing

  • Whisk all ingredients together until combined. Note: I like to put the ingredients in a small jar or resealable container, seal, and shake to mix.

Mexican Macaroni Salad

I was not prepared for just how much we loved this Mexican macaroni salad. Sure, I looked at the ingredient list and thought “Hey, that’ll be good”. But I didn’t think it’d be absolutely fantastic. But it was. This is what every ole pasta salad you’ve ever had wished it was. Creamy, crunchy, savory, every bite is perfect. Oh, and it makes a HUGE batch, making it perfect for feeding a crowd!

I made only a small change to the original recipe for this Mexican macaroni salad. I wanted the contracting texture of cheese so I cubed a block of Monterey Jack cheese and added it in. Cheddar (mild or sharp) would also be excellent. I think you’d want it cubed, versus shredded, though, so you get a nice ‘bite’.

If I wanted a spicier version of this salad (and I do), I’d use a spicy salsa and add cubed pepperjack cheese instead.

Also try my Creole macaroni salad.

Mexican Macaroni Salad

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni or whatever pasta you prefer
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 15 ounces black beans drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup black olives finely chopped
  • 6 Roma tomatoes chopped
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced (plus more for garnish, if desired)
  • 1/2 medium red onion finely diced
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese cubed (use pepperjack for a bit of a kick!)

For the dressing

  • 1 cup jarred salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

For the salad

  • Cook the pasta per package instructions. Drain but do not rinse.
  • Meanwhile, roast the corn. Brush lightly with oil and place on a hot grill or under a broiler, rotating often until lightly browned and cooked.
  • Let the corn cool slightly before cutting the kernels off the ears. Transfer to a large bowl.
  • Add the beans, olives, tomatoes, green onion, red onion and cheese, if using. Toss gently to mix.
  • Add the dressing and cooking pasta and stir gently to coat.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with additional green onions if desired. Note: If the salad is too thick, stir in some more salsa or mayonnaise before serving.

For the dressing

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.

Homemade Onion Rings

I’m addicted to onion rings. And I’m picky about them. I’m picking about the coating. It has to be light and crunchy and it has to stick to every inch of the onion. And I’m picky about the onion. Each bite has to be ‘clean’. Nothing is worse than biting into a ring and having the entire onion want to come out at once. And of course, they have to taste great. These homemade onion rings pass my picky tests and then some. They are truly fantastic.

Homemade Onion RingsThere is absolutely nothing I would change about the batter for these homemade onion rings. It has the perfect consistency and flavor. Well, ok, I might change up the seasoning just a bit depending on who I’m serving them to or whatever my mood is that day. Me, I like a bit of heat, so cayenne is my go-to seasoning. But, a little smoked paprika or even a dried herb such as Italian seasoning also makes for a pleasant change.

The batter would also be great on fish filets, making for a big plate of fish-and-rings.

For a nice twist on traditional onion rings, try my fried onion strips with dipping sauce. For something with a kick, you gotta make my spicy red onion rings.

Homemade Onion Rings

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings

Ingredients

For the onion rings

  • 2 large sweet onions cut into 1/2" rings, rings separated
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Vegetable or canola oil for frying
  • Kosher salt

For the batter

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne substitute Creole seasoning for something a little different
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chilled club soda
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

For the onion rings

  • Place the rings into a large bowl.
  • Add the flour and toss to coat.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes.

For the batter

  • Heat 3" of oil to 365 F in a deep fryer or Dutch oven.
  • Whisk together the batter ingredients until smooth.
  • Working in batches, dip the onions into the batter and coat completely.
  • Fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side, flipping once. Do not over-crowd the fryer.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and sprinkle with salt.

Tropical Shrimp Salad

I’ve been a subscriber to Louisiana Cookin’ magazine for years. This tropical shrimp salad is a great example of why I’ve been a loyal reader for so long. This salad was incredible. A wonderful combination of fruits and shrimp, with a light creamy dressing that has a hint of vanilla. It was the perfect dish on a hot summer’s day.
Tropical Shrimp SaladI made this tropical shrimp salad a main dish by using large shrimp and large melon balls. You can also serve this as a side or a great pitch-in dish by using smaller shrimp and melon balls. This salad is also absolutely fantastic without the shrimp.

I used a Greek vanilla yogurt but regular ole yogurt works just fine too. There’s no way you can go wrong with this salad.

Also try my Peruvian Palta Rellena.

Tropical Shrimp Salad

Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 -8 servings

Ingredients

For the salad

  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked large shrimp peeled
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple
  • 1 1/3 cups honeydew melon balls
  • 1 1/3 cups watermelon balls
  • 1 1/3 cups cantaloupe balls
  • 1 cup peeled seeded, sliced cucumber (1 medium cucumber)
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion plus more for garnish

For the dressing

  • 1/3 cup fat free vanilla yogurt Greek is fine
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

For the salad

  • Place all salad ingredients into a large bowl and stir gently.

For the dressing

  • Whisk together all ingredients and pour over the shrimp and fruit mixture.
  • Stir gently.
  • Serve garnished with chopped green onions and dill.

Okra Hush Puppies

This is the first time in a long, long time that I didn’t take a picture of a dish after I plated. Why? Well, because my okra hush puppies were only on a plate for about 30 seconds. Yeah, sure, my hush puppy shaping skills are lacking, but it so didn’t matter. They were incredible. I mean just flat-out absolutely the best hush puppies ever. The perfect batter. And my favorite, fresh okra. I loved it!
Okra Hush Puppies

You pretty much gotta go with fresh when it comes to the okra for these hush puppies. You might bet away with frozen when fresh is out of season, but the color, the crunch, won’t be quite the same. It’ll still taste delicious though.

Note: Yeah, I might have eaten several of these before they even cooled off. And yeah, they were pretty darned hot but I could not control myself. You won’t be able to either.

Also try my copycat of the hush puppies from Long John Silver’s!

Okra Hush Puppies

Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 4 cups fresh okra sliced thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup onion minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups self-rising cornbread mix I used a small box of Jiffy
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a deep fryer or Dutch oven to 350 F.
  • In a large bowl combine the okra, garlic powder, onion, and parsley.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and sugar. Add to the bowl of okra and stir gently to combine.
  • Stir in the cornbread mix. Add the salt and pepper and stir..
  • Working in batches, scoop out a spoonful of batter and gently drop into the hot oil. Fry for about 5 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through, flipping as they cook.
  • Remove to a wire rack to cool.