Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp

These little copycats of Longhorn Steakhouse’s Wild West shrimp were incredible. The Prairie Dust mix had a great flavor and kick to it. And Peppadew peppers? I could eat them out of the jar. Sure, I “cheated” and used frozen precooked shrimp, but that makes these all the easier to make, perfect for feeding a small crowd in a hurry.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West ShrimpI served these Wild West shrimp with just your usual ole Ranch dressing, but really, you can just eat the shrimp like popcorn, one after another, without the dressing.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Wild West Shrimp

I served these Wild West shrimp with just your usual ole Ranch dressing, but really, you can just eat the shrimp like popcorn, one after another, without the dressing.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 68kcal

Ingredients

For the shrimp

  • 1 18 ounce popcorn shrimp I used frozen SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2-4 Peppadew peppers seeded, chopped
  • 3-4 teaspoons Prairie Dust Mix
  • 1 green onion sliced (for garnish)
  • Favorite dipping sauce I used Ranch

Instructions

For the shrimp

  • Bake shrimp per package instructions.
  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add peppers and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add shrimp and Prairie Dust mix.
  • Stir and cook until shrimp start to crisp.
  • Remove to a paper-towel lined plate to drain then transfer to a serving dish.
  • Garnish with green onion and serve with dipping sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust Mix

This is a copycat of the Prairie Dust spice mix the Longhorn Steakhouse uses in many of its dishes. It has a nice complex flavor with a little heat, and is perfect on steak, chicken, seafood, veggies, and baked potatoes.

I made a fantastic copycat version of Longhorn Steakhouse’s Wild West Shrimp with this mix. The shrimp had a wonderful flavor. They sure didn’t last long.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust MixThe recipe makes just a few tablespoons of mix. I usually make a much bigger batch and keep it in the pantry in an air-tight container.

Copycat Longhorn Steakhouse Prairie Dust Mix

Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Store in an air-tight container until ready to use.

Nutritional values are approximate.

Homemade Boursin-Style Cheese

You don’t need to buy the expensive version of this great cheese. You can make homemade Boursin-style cheese with items you probably already have on hand.

Grilled Polenta with Homemade Boursin-Style CheeseThis cheese is perfect on crackers, baked potatoes, apple slices, steak, burgers and grilled corn-on-the-cob! And absolutely yummy spooned on top of grilled polenta disks.

Homemade Boursin-Style Cheese

You don’t need to buy the expensive version of this great cheese. You can make homemade Boursin-style cheese with items you probably already have on hand.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 548kcal
Author Based on a recipe from Southern Living

Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce cream cheese softened at room temperature
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened at room temperature
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl and whip with a handheld mixer until smooth and fluffy. You can also do this in a blender or food processor.
  • Keep in the fridge and use within a few weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 39g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1914IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Pantry Pizza Sauce

This isn’t a big-to-do, fru-fru, fancy pizza sauce. It doesn’t have wine or fresh basil or whatever. It isn’t like our favorite homemade sauce that takes a little effort (and a lot more ingredients) to throw together. Everything that goes in it is probably already in your pantry… hence the name, pantry pizza sauce.

Pantry Pizza SauceWhat this pantry pizza sauce is is easy, fast, and tasty and perfect when you just want to throw together a quick pizza. And that’s exactly what I did.

It takes a little more time, but also try my house pizza sauce.

Pantry Pizza Sauce

Makes enough for a medium or French bread sized pizza.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 6 ounces warm water
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey add 1 tablespoon, taste, and add more if desired
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste you don't have to add it, but I recommend it
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 or more teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Break up any clumps of cheese and let the mixture set, at room temperature, for 30 minutes before using.

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Malibu Chicken Sandwiches

These wonderful grilled Malibu chicken sandwiches will disappear before you know it. Sweet grilled pineapple, juicy moist chicken, ham, gooey cheese and a slight kick from the glaze.

Grilled Malibu Chicken SandwichesThe basting sauce would also be great on grilled pork chops.

Also try my grilled Hawaiian chicken sandwiches.

Grilled Malibu Chicken Sandwiches

These wonderful grilled Malibu chicken sandwiches will disappear before you know it. Sweet grilled pineapple, juicy moist chicken, ham, gooey cheese and a slight kick from the glaze.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 610kcal
Author Based on a recipe from Patio Daddio

Ingredients

  • 3 large chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 2 tablespoons your favorite BBQ rub I used a pineapple chipotle rub
  • 6 slices pineapple canned, juice reserved for the sauce
  • 12 slices deli ham sliced thin
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns

For the basting sauce

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice from the canned slices
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • Slice the chicken horizontally into 6 thin cutlets.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with the rub and refrigerate for one hour.
  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients.
  • Fire up your grill over high heat and sear the chicken and pineapple on one side. Brush with sauce and flip. Brush again and sear on other side.
  • Remove the pineapple.
  • Move the chicken to indirect heat and let cook until done.
  • Top chicken with ham and drizzle with some of the sauce.
  • Add cheese and drizzle with more sauce. Add the pineapple.
  • Toast buns if desired.
  • Place chicken on buns and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 610kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 1130mg | Potassium: 879mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 692IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

My goodness these grilled Hawaiian chicken sandwiches are good. The Asian-inspired marinade makes the chicken not only super tasty, but also moist and tender. The pineapple and red onion compliment each other perfectly.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken SandwichesI slathered a little mayonnaise on the buns too. I use Duke’s mayonnaise, which is by far my favorite. Also try my grilled Italian chicken sandwiches.

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches

My goodness these grilled Hawaiian chicken sandwiches are good. The Asian-inspired marinade makes the chicken not only super tasty, but also moist and tender. The pineapple and red onion compliment each other perfectly.
Course Main
Cuisine Asian-Inspired
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 12 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 914kcal

Ingredients

For the marinade

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 5 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 can coconut milk

For the sandwiches

  • 4 chicken breasts butterflied and trimmed
  • 4 slices pineapple
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 leaves lettuce

Instructions

  • Combine the marinade ingredients and place in a large resealable baggie or container. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Refrigerate overnight, tossing occasionally.
  • Fire up your grill. Sear the chicken on both sides then move to indirect heat and cook until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  • Lightly grill the pineapple slices.
  • Slather the buns with the mayonnaise. Top with the chicken, pineapple, red onion, and lettuce and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 914kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 62g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 151mg | Sodium: 3838mg | Potassium: 1462mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 8mg

Nutritional values are approximate.