Describing what I think makes for the perfect onion rings is pretty easy. Nicely seasoned batter that isn’t too thick or too thin. I want to still taste the onion. And of course, there has to be the right bite-through. If I take a bite and half of the onion slides out of the ‘batter tunnel’, I’m just not going to be happy. And (don’t hate me), I have to be able to enjoy the rings without any dipping sauce. Doesn’t mean that I won’t use ketchup or something else, but I want that option. I want the rings to be able to stand on their own. Like these copycat A&W onion rings do.
I prefer to use sweet onions when I make my copycat A&W onion rings. Vidalia and Texas sweet 1015s are my favorite. I try to not get the super-large onions because the rings don’t fit into my small deep fryer. If I am using my big fryer or a Dutch oven I can get the monster-sized onions and make hula-hoop-sized rings!
If I’m cooking for a crowd, I’ll break out my big deep fryer. But, if it’s just the two of us, I’ll fire up my Fry Daddy fryer. It’s the perfect size for both of us. It fries everything perfectly. And as an added bonus, it doesn’t use a lot of oil, which saves me money.
Preheat a deep fryer or Dutch oven with 3" of oil to 375 F.
In a medium bowl combine the tempura mix, onion powder and pepper.
Stir in the water.
Add most of the beer and stir. You want the batter to be like pancake batter but thinner. Add more beer if you need to make it thinner. If you end up adding too much liquid just stir in some more tempura mix to thicken it.
Working in batches if needed, dip the rings into the batter and place in the fryer.
Fry 3-5 minutes, flipping once, until golden brown.
Transfer to a wire rack or paper towel-lined plate to drain.
True story. Before I got my first car I rode my bike everywhere. And I mean everywhere. And one of the places I would go was K-Mart. According to Google maps now, it was 5.6 miles one way. That’s a good haul, so I worked up an appetite. For me that meant time to get a sandwich at the retailer. Now these years later I can walk to my kitchen and make that same sandwich at home. These copycat K-Mart sub sandwiches taste just like the ones I had oh so many, many years ago.
These aren’t some fru-fru fancy sandwiches but they are super-tasty. They’re good eats, packed with meats and lots of flavor. These copycat K-Mart sub sandwiches hit the spot. They’re a great step up from just plain ole boloney and cheese, that’s for sure!
Gently open the buns along the hinge. If they don't open easily use a sharp long knife to cut into them, but do not cut all the way through. Lay flat onto a work surface.
Cut the meats in half. Also cut the cheese in half.
Squirt the mustard in a wide 'V' pattern onto the tops and bottoms of the buns.
On the top buns place 4-6 slices of the pickle.
On the bottom bun put 4 salami halves, 2 bologna halves, 2 cheese halves, 2 ham halves, 4 slices of tomato, lettuce, and 4-8 of the pepper rings.
Slowly close the sandwiches by pulling the top bun down. If the toppings start to slide out, push them back in with your hand or insert a long knife down the center of the sandwich to hold them in as you close the bun.
Hot, crispy French fries scream ‘dip me!’ I made a big ole batch of crispy fries in my Fry Daddy fryer the other day. On the side, I made a copycat Freddy’s fry sauce. Nope, no ketchup this time. Just a delicious creamy sauce that has just the perfect amount of spiciness. Time to get to dunkin’ and dippin’! Mayonnaise-based sauces are common all over the world, served right alongside fries. Not so much here in the US. That should change starting with this sauce!
I use these little dipping cups for serving my copycat Freddy’s fry sauce. They’re the perfect size for dipping wings, nuggets, tenders and even vegetables, too. And they’re easy to clean!
I recommend making a double batch of this sauce. Why? Well, not only is it great for fries, it’s also fantastic on burgers! And if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself double-dipping fries because you just can’t get enough of it!
When I grow up I want to be just like Todd Wilbur. First, he’s an author of many of my favorite recipe copycat cookbooks. I can read them all day long. And the cool part is there are a whole bunch of them! He hacks the heck out of the foods we all eat every day, from restaurant dishes to grocery store favorites. Like this copycat Fritos hot bean dip. I hadn’t thought of this dip in years. I loved it in college, though it was a rare treat because it wasn’t cheap. If only I’d had this recipe from Todd’s awesome site Top Secret Recipes back then!
The cool part about this copycat Fritos hot bean dip is that you can control how creamy smooth it gets. I like mine just a bit chunky. Not like ‘oh here’s a bean’ chunky, but still with a bit of texture. You can keep your ole food processor going longer and get a super creamy, super delicious version instead if that’s what you’re after!
I can’t say enough about how cool Todd Wilbur is. Follow him on your favorite social media. He’s hilarious on Facebook but he’s also serious about hacking food. He isn’t messing around when it comes to recipes. You can go to his site and sign up for his Top Secret Recipes club (it’s quite reasonably priced) and get his new recipes right as they come out!
Stand back! It’s big time messy burger time! Messy means good, and this copycat Freddy’s burger sauce makes for some mighty messy good burgers! This isn’t the time to be shy saucing up some buns. Lesser is not better. More is! So spread it on thick and enjoy some lightly-spicy delicious creaminess. This perfectly seasoned sauce is destined to quickly become a favorite in your house too!
I recommend that you make a batch of fries to go with burgers served with copycat Freddy’s burger sauce. You’ve already got the best fry seasoning, since the sauce calls for it in the recipe. Make some sauce, then sprinkle them fries, slap some burgers together and get to eatin’! And enjoyin’!
I made smash burgers because I knew they’d really shine with this sauce. Any burger will do, of course. I’m just partial to smash burgers because they’re easy and open to just about any toppings you can conjure up. I like to use a burger press when I make burgers. It, in combination with some patty papers, enables me to crank out a whole bunch of equally-sized burger patties in no time at all with little cleanup.
One of my favorite side dishes to make are crispy homemade French fries. The thin ones. The kind with crunch on the outside and fluffy yummy inside. I like to season my fries with something tasty, something a bit different than salt and pepper or adobo seasoning (actually a big favorite of mine). This copycat Freddy’s fry seasoning is perfect on hot-out-the-fryer fries. I mean like crazy good. The added sweetness and earthiness of the seasoning adds a totally different flavor than if I’d just used salt and pepper. I go heavy on this seasoning, it’s really flavorful!
There’s only one thing I’d do differently next time I make this copycat Freddy’s fry seasoning: make a bunch more. It’s great on burgers. Baked potatoes. Cottage cheese. Just about anywhere that you think you should be using salt and pepper, use this instead.
I didn’t have turmeric on hand the first time I made this. A good substitute is dry mustard, which is what I went with. It’s a perfect replacement. You can also use cumin if you don’t have turmeric, but I’d use a bit less than the recipe calls for for the turmeric.
If I make a big batch of seasoning I like to keep it in these big spice bottles. I use blue painters tape to write the contents on the bottles. The tape comes off easily when if used up the seasoning!
This isn’t some highfalutin’ food blog. I can barely afford to keep the lights on half of the time. I gotta cut corners wherever I can to keep this site up and running. So that’s why you’re not going to judge me when I say I really, really enjoyed this quick fix copycat of the McRib sandwich. I mean, you know what? It’s actually yummy! It kinda looks like the real thing and it’s fun to eat!
I should probably email the fine folks at On-Cor to apologize for doubting their products. Their BBQ rib patties look like the real McRib deal, sauce and all!
You can make 6 McRib sandwiches from a package of On-Cor BBQ Rib Patties. I actually prefer 2 patties per sandwich. I wrote the recipe to use only one per sandwich, but ….. well, use your own judgement. Make sure to get some of the sauce on there, too. The ribs actually come with more sauce then you’d think, plenty enough to heap on deep and that’s a good thing. That helps make these quick fix copycat McRib sandwiches double good!
And whatever you do, do not forget the pickles! That vinegary pickle goodness cuts thru the sweetness of the barbecue sauce.
I have a major league addiction to Merkts sharp cheddar cheese spread. Truth is, I can’t tell you how many are in my fridge. I can’t tell you how many boxes of rounds I have in my pantry. Well, sadly, there are times when I run out of spread and my local grocery runs out too. Sad times indeed. Time to make a copycat version of Merkts sharp cheddar cheese spread at home! Delightfully creamy, lightly sharp, this is the cheese spread dreams are made of. We often have this with our weekday lunches. Served with crackers it’s a really great snack!
I usually use pepper jack cheese in my copycat Merkts sharp cheddar cheese spread. Yeah, it might not be a true copycat at that point, but oh, oh me, that slight kick really is awesome. It’s not like that little bit of pepper made it super spicy, but just enough. Like I needed an excuse to smear more cheese spread on my crackers!
I do recommend that you let the spread get happy in the fridge overnight before serving. If you prefer your spread a little more spreadable, let it sit at room temperature 15 minutes before using.
Place all ingredients except for the half and half into a large food processor. Blend for 1 minute, stopping every 15 seconds or so to scrape the sides.
Add the half and half and continue blending for 1-2 minutes, stopping every 15 seconds or so to scrape the sides. You want the mixture to be smooth. If needed, add more half and half. Ours comes out perfect without it and it matches the consistency of the real spread.
Blend for 1 minute. Take the lid off and use a spatula to scrape down the sides.
Transfer spread to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to overnight.
Who wants boring frozen fries? Not me! Not you! In just minutes you can transform that bag of sadness into something great with this copycat Taco Bell Nacho fries. Spicy (as spicy as you want) seasoning that’ll wake you up and make you forget those tasteless fries of yesterday. And the cheese sauce! Oh my! Double the recipe and you’ll thank me, because you seriously cannot get too much of the sauce on your fries!
For my copycat Taco Bell nacho fries I used crinkle fries. That’s not what you’ll get at the fast food joint. Why did I commit such a heinous crime? Well, those crinkles hold more cheese sauce and the cheese sauce is yummy! Old school skinny fries aren’t going to give the glorious sauce as much to cling to. Go crinkle and get happy, I say!
I admit that at first, I was pretty sure I didn’t want or need an air fryer. Heck, I can bake my fries in my oven. I can cook my wings on my grill. Yes, I made a lot of excuses for not getting one. Well, the neighbor gave me one of her old ones and I’ve never looked back! I used to to cook these copycat Taco Bell nacho fries!
I use a pretty straight-forward air fryer, that doesn’t have a lot of bells (ok, it has a bell for when the timer goes off!) and whistles. It gets the job done.
2poundsOre-Ida Golden Fries frozen French friesor your favorite kind
For the fries
Prepare the fries according to the bag. I recommend making them in an air fryer or deep fryer to get them good and crunchy. While the fries are cooking, making the seasoning and sauce.
Transfer the cooked fries to a large bowl and sprinkle with the seasoning blend (using however much or little as you want, you might have leftover seasoning). Toss lightly to coat. Serve with the warm cheese sauce on the side.
For the seasoning
Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. I like to put them in a resealable container, close the lid, and shake gently to combine.
For the cheese sauce
Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the cheese and heat through. Whisk in the remaining ingredients. Keep warm until needed, stirring occasionally.
I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it. It was the day after Thanksgiving, it’s not like I was starving, not by any means. But after the first bite of this copycat Pizza Hut meaty marinara pasta I was suddenly very hungry. I could not get enough of it. It’s just flat-out delicious and it hit the spot on a cool November day. I’d make this dish again and again, exactly like it’s written.
The sauce in this copycat of Pizza Hut’s meaty marinara pasta is absolutely delicious. I’d definitely use it over spaghetti or in lasagna. And you have to have the cheese, and you have to get it just a bit browned. Oh… me yes! It is so good! I flashed back to the days of the Pizza Hut buffets where you’d find this great dish, pizza slices and crispy yummy salads!
I highly recommend that you shred or grate your own cheese at home. Don’t buy the pre-shredded or pre-grated stuff. It has stuff added to it to keep it from sticking together. That ‘stuff’ affects how the cheese melts. Shred it yourself and use the real stuff.