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100 Restaurant Copycat Recipes That Are Better Than the Real Thing

You're craving your favorite restaurant meal, but not the drive, the wait or the bill. Make it yourself! Home cooks are serving up their best copycat recipes, right here.

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Take the time, energy and expense out of going to a restaurant with these amazing copycat recipes. Keep reading for KFC fried chicken, a McDonald’s hamburger, french fries and strawberry shake, Olive Garden soup and more copycat restaurant recipes.

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie's Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

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Inspired by: Panda Express Orange ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panda Express Orange Chicken

We enjoy these tangy Asian-inspired nuggets so many ways—over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Inspired by: TGI Fridays Loaded Potato SkinsTaste of Home

Inspired by: TGI Fridays Loaded Potato Skins

Wondering how to make potato skins taste great? I top my restaurant-worthy loaded potato skins with cheese, bacon and a dollop of sour cream. Have them at lunch, snack time or cocktail hour. —Trish Perrin, Keizer, Oregon

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Inspired by: KFC The Original RecipeTaste of Home

Inspired by: KFC The Original Recipe

If you've wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana

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Inspired by: Chipotle BarbacoaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle Barbacoa

My husband adores this beef roast simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado

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Inspired by: McDonald's Big MacTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Big Mac

I was planning to grill burgers, and then it dawned on me: How about a Big Mac salad? The original recipe doesn't call for a tomato, but it's awesome here. —Pam Jefferies, Cantrall, Illinois

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Thai Chicken Pizza

Contributor Gigi Miller, from Stoughton, Wisconsin, provided a fabulous recipe for sweet and saucy chicken thighs that she serves with rice. We took it a step further, and used the chicken and sauce to make this restaurant-inspired Thai pizza. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Chicken & Gnocchi Soup

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to see if I could re-create it myself at home. Here's the delicious result! It's wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California

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Inspired by: Starbucks Very Berry Coffee CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Starbucks Very Berry Coffee Cake

This tasty, wholesome coffee cake is loaded with fresh berries. It's perfect for those with a sweet tooth. —Heather O'Neill, Troy, Ohio

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Inspired by: Applebee's Garlic Mashed PotatoesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Applebee's Garlic Mashed Potatoes

These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is one of our favorite red potato recipes. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake CheesecakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake

I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning red velvet cheesecake recipe? It's best when served chilled, right out of the fridge. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Orange Julius OriginalTaste of Home

Inspired by: Orange Julius Original

I love to treat overnight guests to this creamy orange frappe. Just blitz a few basic ingredients in your blender and enjoy. —Joyce Mummau, Mount Airy, Maryland

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Lemon Chicken Orzo SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Bread Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, and I re-created it at home so we could eat it whenever a craving hit! —Kristin Cherry, Bothell, Washington

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company Wisconsin Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company Wisconsin Mac & Cheese

I like to serve this mac & cheese with a salad and crusty bread. It's a satisfying meal that feels upscale, but will fit just about any budget. And because the Gorgonzola is so mild in this dish, even the kiddos will go for it. —Charlotte Giltner, Mesa, Arizona

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Pasta e FagioliTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli

Here's an Italian favorite made easier by using prepared spaghetti sauce and canned broth for the flavorful base. —Cindy Garland, Limestone, Tennessee

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Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggetsTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets

My 3-year-old is going through a stage where he'll eat only chicken nuggets and French fries. I like to make these golden nuggets for him so I know what he's eating. They're so good, we like them, too! —Amanda Livesay, Mobile, Alabama

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Inspired by: Chipotle Cilantro-Lime RiceTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle Cilantro-Lime Rice

My family's favorite Mexican restaurant serves a similar rice as a side dish. I threw this together one night when I was making fajitas, and everyone loved it! It's such an easy side dish and pairs well with kabobs on the grill, too. —Robin Baskette, Lexington, Kentucky

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Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay BiscuitsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

My biscuits won the Best Quick Bread division at my county fair. One of the judges liked it so much, she asked for the recipe! These buttery, savory biscuits go with just about anything. —Tall Pines Farm, Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken Fried ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken Fried Chicken

Here's a lightened-up take on classic southern comfort food. This chicken gravy recipe has been a hit at our house since the first time we tried it! —Ruth Helmuth, Abbeville, South Carolina

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Inspired by: Portillo's Chocolate CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Portillo's Chocolate Cake

Years ago, I drove 4-1/2 hours to a cake contest, holding my entry on my lap the whole way. But it paid off. One bite and you'll see why this velvety beauty was named the best chocolate cake recipe won first prize. —Sandra Johnson, Tioga, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Dunkin' Iced Coffee with Mocha Flavor SwirlTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dunkin' Iced Coffee with Mocha Flavor Swirl

When my sister introduced me to iced coffee, I didn't think I'd like it. Not only did I like it, I decided I could learn how to make iced coffee on my own. My fast-to-fix version is a refreshing alternative to hot java. —Jenny Reece, Lowry, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Country Kitchen Farm SkilletTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Kitchen 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: Bakers Square Custard PieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bakers Square Custard Pie

This recipe came from the best cook in West Virginia—my mother! I just added a little to her ingredients. I'm a widow, and my grown children live in another state. So mostly I make my custard pie for church and club functions. It's the most different pie of all the ones in my collection.

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Inspired by: Wendy's ChiliTaste of Home

Inspired by: Wendy's Chili

This hearty slow cooker chili can cook for up to 10 hours on low in the slow cooker. It's so good to come home to its wonderful aroma after a long day away. —Sue Call, Beech Grove, Indiana

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Original CheesecakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake

This easy cheesecake recipe has been a family favorite for almost 20 years. It's fluffy, delicate and absolutely delicious. I've shared it at many gatherings over the years and have even started baking it for our friends instead of Christmas cookies. —Esther Wappner, Mansfield, Ohio

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Inspired by: Country Kitchen Old Fashioned Apple CrispTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Kitchen 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: SONIC Corn DogTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC Corn Dog

One of the best parts of the many fairs and festivals in Indiana is the corn dogs! My family loves corn dogs, so I fix them fairly often at home. —Sally Denney, Warsaw, Indiana

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Inspired by: Red Lobster New England Clam ChowderTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster New England Clam Chowder

I ran across this recipe in one of my antique cookbooks. It's a timeless classic I like to prepare for friends and family throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. —Betty Ann Morgan, Upper Marlboro, Maryland

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Inspired by: McDonald's Quarter Pounder with CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese

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: Boston Market Meat LoafTaste of Home

Inspired by: Boston Market Meat Loaf

Mom made the best meatloaf, and now I do, too. When I first met my husband, he didn't care for homemade meatloaf, but this won him over. —Michelle Beran, Claflin, Kansas

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Roast BeefTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Roast Beef

This well-seasoned roast is Mom’s specialty. Everyone loves slices of the fork-tender roast beef and its savory gravy, and people always ask what her secret ingredients are. Now you have the delicious recipe for our favorite dish! —Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: PF Chang's House-Made Chicken Egg RollsTaste of Home

Inspired by: PF Chang's House-Made Chicken Egg Rolls

These egg rolls are low in fat but the crispiness from baking will fool you into thinking they were fried! —Barbara Lierman, Lyons, Nebraska

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Pepperoni PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Pepperoni Pizza

I've spent years trying to come up with the perfect pizza crust and sauce, and they're paired up in this recipe. I fix this crispy, savory pizza for my family often, and it really satisfies my husband and sons. —Susan Lindahl, Alford, Florida

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Inspired by: Chili's Chicken FajitasTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chili's Chicken Fajitas

This flavorful recipe is definitely on my weeknight dinner rotation. The chicken fajita marinade in these popular wraps is mouthwatering. They go together in a snap and always get raves! —Julie Sterchi, Campbellsville, Kentucky

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom Carrot CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom Carrot Cake

A pleasingly moist cake, this treat is the one I requested that my mom make each year for my birthday. It's dotted with sweet carrots and a hint of cinnamon. The fluffy buttery frosting is scrumptious with chopped walnuts stirred in. One piece of this cake is never enough—better than all the other carrot cakes I've tried!—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Popeyes BiscuitsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Popeyes Biscuits

The recipe for these four-ingredient biscuits has been handed down for many generations. —Fran Thompson, Tarboro, North Carolina

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Inspired by: Red Robin Chili Chili CheeseburgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin Chili Chili Cheeseburger

Big, bold chili and french-fried onions are a fun alternative to the classic burger fixings of ketchup and mustard. The patties are easy to assemble, making this a great weeknight sandwich. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom Ball Park PretzelsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom Ball Park Pretzels

My husband and our friends and family love these soft, chewy pretzels. Let the bread machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado

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Inspired by: Applebee's Maple Butter BlondieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Applebee's Maple Butter Blondie

Ever since I tried the maple blondie at Applebee's, I've been determined to figure out the recipe. I tried several variations until I came up with this one, and it's become one of our family favorites. —Pat Parker, Chester, South Carolina

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Bear ClawTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Bread Bear Claw

This bear claw pastry recipe is absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious! It's impossible to resist the delicate dough, rich almond filling and pretty fanned tops sprinkled with sugar and almonds. I made yummy treats like this when I worked in a bakery years ago. —Aneta Kish, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Portillo's Chili Cheese DogTaste of Home

Inspired by: Portillo's Chili Cheese Dog

These deluxe chili dogs are a surefire hit at family functions and tailgates. Adults and children alike love the cheesy chili sauce, and the toppings are fun! —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon

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Inspired by: McCalister's Deli Spud OléTaste of Home

Inspired by: McCalister's Deli Spud Olé

This is a stuffed potato with a twist. Teenagers like the flavor the green chiles and cheese add.

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Inspired by: Boston Market Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Boston Market Mac & Cheese

Our stovetop macaroni and cheese is extra special, thanks to the buttery crumb topping. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Maggiano's Jumbo Lump Crab CakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Maggiano's Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes

Ready-to-go crabmeat makes these delicate patties easier than other crab cake recipes. You can also form the crab mixture into four thick patties instead of eight crab cakes. —Charlene Spelock, Apollo, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Culver's Vanilla CustardTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's Vanilla Custard

I think my most memorable summertime dessert for get-togethers has always been homemade ice cream. This recipe is so rich and creamy and the perfect indulgence on a hot summer afternoon. —Martha Self, Montgomery, Texas

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Inspired by: Shake Shack Cheese FriesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Shake Shack Cheese Fries

I came up with this recipe after my daughter had cheese fries at a restaurant and couldn't stop talking about them. She loves that I can fix them so quickly at home. Plus, the frozen fry packets can be refrigerated and reheated. —Melissa Tatum, Greensboro, North Carolina

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake CheesecakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

I said I'd bring dessert to a holiday party and tried this recipe. I'm sure you'll agree it tastes as luscious as it looks! —Dawn Lowenstein, Hatboro, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Red Lobster Garlic Shrimp ScampiTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster Garlic Shrimp Scampi

This shrimp scampi recipe looks elegant enough to serve to company, but it’s easy to prepare. The bright flavors of lemon and herbs enhance the shrimp. Serve it over pasta and wait for the compliments. —Lori Packer, Omaha, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Fried CatfishTaste of Home

Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Fried Catfish

Mississippi is the nation's largest producer of farm-raised catfish. My family loves this dish, and asks for it often. One reason I like it is it's so simple to prepare. —W.D. Baker, Starkville, Mississippi

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company Pesto CavatappiTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi

Prepared sauce accents this warm chicken pesto pasta. Keep pesto in the freezer for the next time you have leftover chicken. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Buffalo Wild Wings Bourbon Honey Mustard WingsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Buffalo Wild Wings Bourbon Honey Mustard Wings

For a change from spicy Buffalo sauce, try these sweet and sticky wings. There's a good chance they'll become your new favorite! —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company Penne RosaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company Penne Rosa

I reworked this recipe from an original that called for vodka and heavy whipping cream. My friends and family had a hard time believing a sauce this rich, flavorful and creamy could be light. —Margaret Wilson, Hemet, California

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Inspired by: McCalister's Deli Harvest Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: McCalister's Deli Harvest Chicken Salad

These sandwiches are easy to pull together when you need something fun and taste-worthy in a flash. I make them often for occasions like brunches, church youth meetings and impromptu family gatherings. —Cheryl Sigler, Louisville, Ohio

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Inspired by: Panda Express Chicken PotstickerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panda Express Chicken Potsticker

Chicken and mushrooms make up the filling in these pot stickers, a traditional Chinese dumpling. Greasing the steamer rack makes it easier to remove them once they're steamed. —Jacquelynne Stine, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Inspired by: Hard Rock Café Cheesecake made with Oreo® Cookie PiecesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hard Rock Café Cheesecake made with Oreo® Cookie Pieces

I used to think cheesecake sounded intimidating, but since I started making them I can’t stop! This simple but special cookie-topped version will make your family feel fussed over. —Rose Yoder, Middlebury, Indiana

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew Chicken

There are lots of recipes for cashew chicken, but my family thinks this one stands alone. We love the flavor from the fresh ginger and the crunch of the cashews. Another plus is it's easy to prepare. —Oma Rollison, El Cajon, California

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Inspired by: McDonald's McRibTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's McRib

Perfect for a weekday dinner or cozy weekend meal, this recipe makes fall-off-the-bone tender meat with delicious flavor. —Margaret Luchsinger, Jupiter, Florida

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen The Original BBQ Chicken PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza

So fast and so easy with refrigerated pizza crust, these saucy, smoky pizzas make quick fans with their rustic, hot-off-the-grill flavor. They're perfect for impromptu cookouts and summer dinners on the patio. —Alicia Trevithick, Temecula, California

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken n’ DumplinsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken n’ Dumplins

Using pre-cooked chicken and ready-made biscuits, this hearty dish is comfort food made simple. It's the perfect way to warm up on chilly nights. —Lakeya Astwood, Schenectady, New York

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Inspired by: Culver's Butterburger “The Original”Taste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's Butterburger “The Original”

It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of butter. My recipe is a lot like the butter burgers you’ll find in popular restaurants all over the state. —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom Bacon Jalapeno PoppersTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

There’s no faster way to get a party started than with these bacon jalapeno poppers. Make them ahead and bake just before serving. Even the hot pepper intolerant will love them. —Dawn Onuffer, Crestview, Florida

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Inspired by: SONIC Bacon CheeseburgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC 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: PF Chang’s Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Inspired by: PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is as tasty as the lettuce wraps found in national restaurants, but it's healthier! — Linda Rowley, Richardson, Texas

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa ToscanaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love. —Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York

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Inspired by: Popeyes Seafood Po’ BoyTaste of Home

Inspired by: Popeyes Seafood Po’ Boy

This twist on the traditional po'boy sandwich adds flavor and veggies while reducing fat and calories. For a smoked flavor, grill the shrimp. For a lower-carb option, serve the po'boy open-faced on a baguette half. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Fried ApplesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Fried Apples

If you’re feeling festive, scoop some vanilla ice cream over a bowl of my cinnamon spiced apples. They’re homey, aromatic and just plain heavenly. —Amie Powell, Knoxville, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Applebee's Quesadilla BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Applebee's 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: Hard Rock Café Hickory-Smoked RibsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hard Rock Café Hickory-Smoked Ribs

When my family thinks of summer grilling, it's ribs all the way. Our Asian-inspired recipe is a welcome change from the usual barbecue-sauce versions. —Ginger Sullivan, Cutler Bay, Florida

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Inspired by: Einstein Bros. Bagels Asiago BagelTaste of Home

Inspired by: Einstein Bros. Bagels Asiago Bagel

Discover a cheesy alternative to the usual sweet bread brunch offerings. There's no need to stop by a bakery when you can make this asiago bagel recipe at home. —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska

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Inspired by: Bakers Square French Silk PieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bakers Square French Silk Pie

Chocolate makes the world go round! We have a family that loves chocolate pies, and this version with a splash of brandy is smooth as silk and oh, so special. —Kathy Hewitt, Cranston, Rhode Island

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Inspired by: IHOP Blueberry PancakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: IHOP Blueberry Pancakes

My dad makes blueberry pancakes for us every Saturday without fail. The combination of oats, cornmeal and buttermilk in the batter gives the pancakes heartiness we can't resist. —Gabrielle Short, Pleasant Hill, Iowa

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Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

My family always asks for this love-me-tender lemon pound cake. Sometimes, I shake things up and make cupcakes with the batter. So awesome for brunch! —Lola Baxter, Winnebago, Minnesota

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Inspired by: PF Chang's California RollTaste of Home

Inspired by: PF Chang's California Roll

This tastes as good as any restaurant or store-bought California roll. Plus, it's one of the easiest sushi recipes to make! For best results, do use the sushi rice to ensure the right sticky consistency. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Popeyes Macaroni & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Popeyes Macaroni & Cheese

My sons always say I'm the best mom in the world when I make this creamy mac-and-cheese perfection. Does it get any better than that? —Heidi Fleek, Hamburg, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Culver's Wisconsin Cheese CurdsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Cheese curds or cubes dipped in flour and beer, then fried, need only a good supply of crinkly toothpicks to turn them into a vanishing act. —Katie Rose, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Olive Garden BreadsticksTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Breadsticks

I love to experiment in the kitchen with simple ingredients like refrigerated biscuits. The results usually are a big hit, as was the case with these super fast breadsticks. —Billy Hensley, Mount Carmel, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Country Kitchen Chicken & WaffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Country Kitchen 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: Panda Express Cream Cheese RangoonTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panda Express Cream Cheese Rangoon

When I'm dining out, crab rangoons are one of my go-to dishes. I decided to create a better-for-you version at home. —Emily Higgins, Wingdale, New York

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Inspired by: Bakers Square Coconut Cream PieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Bakers Square Coconut Cream Pie

When I whip up a toasted coconut cream pie, my family goes wild and it vanishes. —Darlene Bartos, Shoreview, Minnesota

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Inspired by: Dunkin' Ham, Egg & Cheese on an English MuffinTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dunkin' Ham, Egg & Cheese on an English Muffin

If you're looking for a grab-and-go breakfast for busy days, this high-protein sandwich is low in fat and keeps me full all morning. Plus, it's only about 200 calories! —Brenda Otto, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Pizza Hut Cheese SticksTaste of Home

Inspired by: Pizza Hut Cheese Sticks

We love the breadsticks at our local pizza joint. Now I can get that same gooey-from-the-oven treat, but I never have to leave the house. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine

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Inspired by: Starbucks Salted Caramel MochaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha

Indulge in a coffeehouse-quality drink with this caramel mocha recipe. With whipped cream and a butterscotch drizzle, this treat will perk up even the sleepiest person at the table. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Inspired by: Hard Rock Café Original Legendary® BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Hard Rock Café Original Legendary® 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: Maggiano’s Johnny’s CarbonaraTaste of Home

Inspired by: Maggiano’s Johnny’s Carbonara

I learned on my culinary internship in Tuscany that real Italian cuisine is simpler than you think! This carbonara is quick, simple and delicious, just the way they like it in Italy. —Lauren Brien-Wooster, South Lake Tahoe, California

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Inspired by: SONIC Chili Cheese TotsTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC Chili Cheese Tots

Playing with food is loads of fun when you have Tater Tots and taco toppings. Let kids build their own for smiles all around. —Eleanor Mielke, Mitchell, South Dakota

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Inspired by: Portillo's Italian Beef SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Portillo's Italian Beef Sandwich

I have fond memories of my mother in the kitchen preparing her amazing beef dip sandwiches. They always made our house smell like an Old World Italian restaurant. And as good as the aroma was, somehow the taste was even better! Set out a jar of giardiniera for spooning on top. —Kira Vosk, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: McDonald's Shamrock ShakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Shamrock Shake

Save a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies for this creamy milkshake that's fun for kids and adults, too. —Shauna Sever, San Francisco, California

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Inspired by: Maggiano's Shrimp ScampiTaste of Home

Inspired by: Maggiano's Shrimp Scampi

A touch more lemon helped me trim the calories in our favorite shrimp scampi recipe. For those who want to indulge, pass around the Parmesan. —Ann Sheehy, Lawrence, Massachusetts

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Inspired by: Rock Bottom Cajun PastaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Rock Bottom Cajun Pasta

I’m originally from Louisiana, where my grandma spoke Cajun French as she taught me her spicy chicken spaghetti, lovingly made on an old woodstove. —Brenda Melancon, McComb, Mississippi

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Inspired by: Chipotle Carnitas TacosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle Carnitas Tacos

We shared these flavor-packed tacos with friends from church who came over to help us move. They're so good, I put them on my blog, manilaspoon.com! The slow cooker makes this recipe extra easy, and I love that whenever I make it, I'm reminded of the wonderful people back in Michigan. —Abigail Raines, Hamden, Connecticut

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Inspired by: Red Robin Burnin’ Love BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin Burnin’ Love Burger

On a whim, we mixed homemade jalapeno jam into ground beef patties, then topped the burgers with caramelized onions and tangy Gorgonzola cheese. Fabulous! —Becky Mollenkamp, St. Louis, Missouri

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Inspired by: Applebee's Oriental Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad

I love their crunchy, citrusy salad so much that once I made my husband drive an hour to the nearest Applebee's restaurant just so I could eat it! It was time to come up with my own version. I'm completely happy with the results—and my husband is, too! Find more of my recipes at my blog, mandysrecipeboxblog.com. —Mandy Bird, Holbrook, Idaho

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Inspired by: Dairy Queen S’mores Blizzard TreatTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dairy Queen S’mores Blizzard Treat

When cabin fever hits, we whip up a beverage that tastes like s’mores. Oven-toasted marshmallows and a blender make it happen. —Sarah McKenna, Centennial, Colorado

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Inspired by: PF Chang's Pad ThaiTaste of Home

Inspired by: PF Chang's Pad Thai

This is a simple pad thai loaded with crisp vegetables and zesty flavor. It’s quick, simple, and fresh-tasting. —Colleen Doucette, Truro, Nova Scotia

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Bread Mac & Cheese

My mac and cheese is simple and has lots of flavor from the cheeses and ground chipotle chile. I use conchiglie pasta because its shape allows more melted cheese to pool inside. Yum! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Inspired by: Red Robin Chili Chili Cheese FriesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin Chili Chili Cheese Fries

The delicious chili goes together in minutes and then cooks while you run errands. The only way to make it even better is to pour it over crisp french fries and sprinkle with cheese. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Inspired by: Waffle House Regular WaffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Waffle House Regular Waffle

These melt-in-your-mouth waffles are so tender, you can skip butter and syrup, but why would you want to? —James Schend, Food Editor, Taste of Home magazine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Artichoke + Spinach PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Artichoke + Spinach Pizza

When I'm making this pizza and I have garlic oil in my pantry, I swap it for regular oil. It adds a little something without overpowering the toppings. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Fried PicklesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles

Like deep-fried pickles? You'll love this unfried version even more. Dill pickle spears are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then baked until crispy. Dip them with ranch dressing for an appetizer you won't soon forget.—Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Inspired by: Chili's Skillet Chocolate Chip CookieTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chili's Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Bake up the ultimate shareable cookie. For variety, replace the chocolate chips with an equal quantity of M&M's or chocolate chunks. Or go super fancy by mixing the chocolate chips and pecans into the dough, then gently folding in 1-1/2 cup fresh raspberries.—James Schend, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin