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39 Country Kitchen Copycat Recipes

This is comfort food at its finest.

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Inspired by: Chicken & WaffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken & Waffle

My first experience with this dish sent my taste buds into orbit. I first made this chicken and waffles recipe into appetizers, but we all love them as a main course, too. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri

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Inspired by: Farm SkilletTaste of Home

Inspired by: Farm Skillet

I added a little color and flavor to an ordinary scrambled eggs recipe with some green pepper, onion and red potatoes. —Joyce Platfoot, Wapakoneta, Ohio

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Inspired by: Aztec Quesadilla BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Aztec Quesadilla Burger

This combo gives you a tender burger, crisp veggies and a crunchy shell, plus fajita flavor. Kids love it. —Antonio Smith, Canal Winchester, Ohio

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Inspired by: Classic Mac & Cheese

Inspired by: Classic Mac & Cheese

Even people who have had their own homemade baked macaroni and cheese recipe for years ask for mine when they taste this crumb-topped version. For the best baked mac and cheese, use extra-sharp white cheddar cheese for more flavor. —Shelby Thompson of Dover, Delaware

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Inspired by: Old Fashioned Apple CrispTaste of Home

Inspired by: Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

I live in apple country, and a delicious crisp is one good way to use them that doesn't take a lot of time. —Gertrude Bartnick, Portage, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Aunt Sylvia’s Famous Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Aunt Sylvia’s Famous Chicken Salad

When the weather sizzles, get your chill on with a cool chicken salad. Mine uses grapes, pecans and celery for that signature crunch. —Sarah Smiley, Bangor, Maine

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Inspired by: The Best Pancakes in TownTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Best Pancakes in Town

This is the best fluffy pancakes recipe according to my family. They are quick and easy to prepare, but we still consider these homemade pancakes a special treat. —Eugene Presley, Council, Virginia

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Inspired by: Classic Eggs BenedictTaste of Home

Inspired by: Classic Eggs Benedict

Legend has it that poached eggs on an English muffin started at Delmonico’s in New York. Here’s my take on this brunch classic, and don’t spare the hollandaise. —Barbara Pletzke, Herndon, Virginia

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Inspired by: Chicken Bacon MeltTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken Bacon Melt

I created this chicken sandwich recipe based on a meal my daughter ordered at a restaurant. She likes to dip her sandwich in the extra honey-mustard sauce. —Marilyn Moberg, Papillion, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Bacon Avocado Ranch OmeletteTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bacon Avocado Ranch Omelette

Hearty home-style food is popular in our small farming and timber community. We love pulling in flavors from other regions for this eggy dish. —Patricia Collins, Imbler, Oregon

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Inspired by: Our Own Baked Potato SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Our Own Baked Potato Soup

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious baked potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate the flavor. It took me five years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio

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Inspired by: Hot Fudge SundaeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hot Fudge Sundae

For big chocolate taste, I treat my family to this thick ice cream topping. It's a snap to make the fudgy sauce, and we like it better than the store-bought kind. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Biscuits & Sausage GravyTaste of Home

Inspired by: Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

This is an old Southern biscuits and gravy recipe that I've adapted. Homemade sausage gravy is a classic, hearty breakfast that takes you on a trip to the South every time it's served. —Sue Baker, Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Inspired by: Big Bad Bacon BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Big Bad Bacon Burger

Every family has a burger of choice, and this is ours. It's stacked tall with bacon and crunchy onion rings. —Paula Homer, Nampa, Idaho

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Inspired by: Chicken Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken Fried Chicken

As a child, my grandmother taught me how to make this chicken-fried steak. I taught my daughters, and when my granddaughters are bigger, I’ll show them, too. —Donna Cater, Fort Ann, New York

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Inspired by: French ToastTaste of Home

Inspired by: French Toast

These French toast slices have creamy vanilla flavor from convenient pudding mix, plus a hint of cinnamon. We like to top them with syrup or powdered sugar and fresh berries. —Linda Bernhagen, Plainfield, Illinois

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Inspired by: Ham & Cheese Omelette

Inspired by: Ham & Cheese Omelette

This easy omelet will be a snap to fix for breakfast or dinner. —Agnes Ward, Stratford, Ontario

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Inspired by: Country Cobb SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Cobb Salad

Making this salad is a lot like putting in a garden. I “plant” everything in nice, neat sections, just as I do with seedlings. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Country EggsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Eggs

When our son, Chris, wants something other than cold cereal in the morning, he whips up these eggs. Cheese and evaporated milk make them especially good. They're easy to make when you're camping, too. —Chris Pfleghaar, Elk River, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Strawberry PancakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Strawberry Pancakes

Blending sour cream and cottage cheese, ingredients traditionally associated with blintzes, into the batter of these pancakes gives them old-fashioned flavor. Top these family favorites with berry syrup to turn an ordinary morning into an extraordinary day.—Dianna Digoy, San Diego, California

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Inspired by: Reuben SkilletTaste of Home

Inspired by: Reuben Skillet

Sunday breakfasts have always been special in our house. It's fun to get in the kitchen and cook with the kids. No matter how many new recipes we try, they always rate this corned beef hash recipe No. 1! —Rick Skildum, Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Classic Cheeseburger

Go on a burger road trip in your own backyard. Grill the patties and load them sky-high. Peanut butter and bacon make them Southern style; coleslaw and tomatoes, a Northern version. —Susan Mahaney, New Hartford, New York

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Inspired by: BBQ Ribs DinnerTaste of Home

Inspired by: BBQ Ribs Dinner

I created this country ribs recipe many years ago when I adapted a sauce I saw in a magazine. The original called for much more oil. I usually triple the sauce and keep some in my freezer to use on chicken, beef or pork. —Barbara Gerriets, Topeka, Kansas

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Inspired by: Chicken QuesadillasTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chicken Quesadillas

This chicken quesadilla recipe has an impressive look and taste with little preparation. The leftover chicken gets Mexican flair from cumin in this fun main dish. —Linda Wetzel, Woodland Park, Colorado

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Inspired by: Slice of PieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Slice of Pie

I remember coming home sullen one day because we'd lost a softball game. Grandma, in her wisdom, suggested, "Maybe a slice of my homemade apple pie will make you feel better." One bite, and Grandma was right. If you want to learn how to make homemade apple pie filling, this is really the only recipe you need. —Maggie Greene, Granite Falls, Washington

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Inspired by: Triple Chocolate PancakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Triple Chocolate Pancakes

Mornings will get off to a great start with these yummy double-chocolate pancakes. Whip up a batch on the weekend, and you'll have speedy breakfasts the whole family will rave about for days to come. Got chocolate milk? Feel free to use it in place of the milk and instant chocolate drink mix. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Western OmeletteTaste of Home

Inspired by: Western Omelette

This cheesy, full-of-flavor omelet is modeled after one I tasted and loved in a local restaurant. Mine is so hearty and rich-tasting that no one will guess it's lower in fat. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri

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Inspired by: Belgian Waffle

It was on a visit to my husband's relatives in Europe that I was given this Belgian waffle recipe. These homemade waffles are great with any kind of topping: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, fried apples, powdered sugar or whipped topping. —Rose Delemeester, St. Charles, Michigan

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Inspired by: ReubenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Reuben

New Yorkers say my Reubens taste like those served in the famous delis there. For a little less kick, you can leave out the horseradish. —Patricia Kile, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Strawberry Crepes

Inspired by: Strawberry Crepes

Take summer-ripe strawberries plus a creamy filling and tuck them into these delicate crepes for an elegant brunch entree. —Kathy Kochiss, Huntington, Connecticut

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Inspired by: Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is a family tradition; I've even shipped it to my daughter as a special treat. Using frozen seasonal berries, it's an excellent dessert any time of year. —Jeanette Volker, Walton, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Cod Basket

Inspired by: Cod Basket

Dine as though you're in a traditional British pub. These moist fish fillets from the oven have a fuss-free coating that's healthy but just as crunchy and golden as the deep-fried kind. Simply seasoned and baked, the crispy fries are perfect on the side. —Janice Mitchell, Aurora, Colorado

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Inspired by: Cinnamon Apple Swirl PancakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cinnamon Apple Swirl Pancakes

My family loves these light and fluffy apple cinnamon pancakes. And best of all, they're sweet enough to enjoy even without syrup. —Kim McConnell, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Inspired by: Skillet Scramble®Taste of Home

Inspired by: Skillet Scramble®

Start off your day on a hearty note! This one-dish wonder will easily keep your family satisfied until lunch. —Jeannette Westphal, Gettysburg, South Dakota

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Inspired by: Homemade Meatloaf Dinner

Inspired by: Homemade Meatloaf Dinner

The Rice Krispies used in this recipe are my mom’s secret ingredient. While they may seem odd or out of place, they help hold the meat loaf together. And once they are cooked, no one realizes they're even there. —Kelly Simmons, Hopkinsville, Kentucky

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Inspired by: Strawberry WaffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Strawberry Waffle

Being short on time is no excuse for an unhealthy breakfast. Protein, fruit, dairy and whole grains come together in a flash for a delicious start to the day. —Paula Wharton, El Paso, Texas

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Inspired by: Bacon CheeseburgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bacon Cheeseburger

Where can you get a juicy bacon burger that is so superior to drive-thru fare? Right in you backyard with this delicious cheeseburger recipe. —Jackie Burns, Silverdale, Washington

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Inspired by: Garden Fresh OmeletteTaste of Home

Inspired by: Garden Fresh Omelette

Healthy and simply delicious, this light and fluffy omelet is chock-full of fresh garden veggies, flavor and cheese. Makes it with whatever veggies you have on hand and it’s great for any meal at all! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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Inspired by: Strawberry Topping ShakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Strawberry Topping Shake

Cool off with a thick and rich treat that will remind you of a malt shoppe! Nothing can beat this strawberry shake recipe. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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