Copycat Popeye’s Blackened Ranch Dipping Sauce

There’s no reason to go through the trouble of making homemade chicken nuggets and then serving them with a boring sauce. Heck, there’s no reason to heat up pre-made nuggets and dip them in a lame sauce either. This copycat Popeye’s blackened ranch dipping sauce isn’t boring or lame. It’s nothing but creamy spicy yumminess. You won’t be able to dunk your chicken bites quick enough. Or deep enough.

You don’t just need to make this copycat Popeye’s blackened ranch dipping sauce for dipping nuggets. It’s great on a po boy sandwich. It’s fantastic on a crispy fried fish sandwich. Or use it for dipping fries. Or veggies. It’s a great all-around sauce, but it’s perfect for nuggets!

Copycat Popeye’s Blackened Ranch Dipping Sauce

There’s no reason to go through the trouble of making homemade chicken nuggets and then serving them with a boring sauce. Heck, there’s no reason to heat up pre-made nuggets and dip them in a lame sauce either. 
Course Dipping Sauce
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Calories 811kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons onion lightly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic lightly chopped
  • 4 teaspoon blackened seasoning
  • pinch paprika or more, for color

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into a food processor. Puree until just smooth.

Nutrition

Calories: 811kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 86g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1846mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1015IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Poor Man’s Copycat McDonald’s Lobster Roll

Our McDonald’s doesn’t have lobster rolls on their menu. Heck, I didn’t know that any McDonald’s did. So I had to make one at home. For me, that usually means a ‘poor man’s’ version, which uses imitation lobster instead of the real (expensive) stuff. Sure, I’d love to use real lobster, and I’ve had my share of real lobster rolls, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. So, here it is, my delicious poor man’s copycat of McDonald’s lobster roll.

Poor Man's Copycat McDonald's Lobster Roll

This is not my first time making a poor man’s lobster roll. Heck, I’ve had a standard go-to recipe for one for years and I enjoy it on occasion. The McDonald’s version is a tad different in that there’s no butter to be found, anywhere. It’s a very ‘clean’ tasting roll, and I rather enjoyed it. Fake lobster or not, I’d order it if our McDonald’s sold them!

Poor Man’s Copycat McDonald’s Lobster Roll

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 140kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup imitation lobster lump-style, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • dog bun split-top if available

Instructions

  • If desired, lightly toast or warm to the bun before starting.
  • Gently combine the imitation lobster, mayonnaise and salt.
  • Carefully open the bun as wide as you can. Add the lettuce leaf and top with the lobster mixture.
  • Serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 557mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1782IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing

Perhaps the last thing I needed was an even better-tasting Ranch dressing. This copycat of the Outback Steakhouse Ranch dressing is fantastic. I know I used too much on my salad. Yes, I added more after this picture, I didn’t want to have photographic proof of my obsession but I just couldn’t stop.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing

I definitely recommend making at least a double batch when you make some Outback Steakhouse Ranch dressing. It’s crazy good and won’t last at all.

Do not skimp on the fridge time. The dressing needs it to set up. And don’t be surprised if it’s a little thick after resting. Right then it’s perfect for dipping. Perfect for wings, vegetables, chips, whatever. For salads, you might want it a little thinner so just whisk in a bit (like a tablespoon at a time) of buttermilk and see how you like it.

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Ranch Dressing

Perhaps the last thing I needed was an even better-tasting Ranch dressing. This copycat of the Outback Steakhouse Ranch dressing is fantastic.
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 210kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients in a medium bowl.
  • Cover bowl and chill dressing for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  • If dressing is too thick add a bit of buttermilk (a little at a time) and whisk.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 459mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.