(Closed) What’s your best copycat recipe?!

posted 8 years ago in Food
Post # 7
4765 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

Don’t be scared of the Olive Garden recipe, at least if you got it off of their website! I’ve made it before and it’s GREAT! They have a bunch of other recipes on their website too and all the ones I have tried are fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 8
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Jack Daniels Chicken Glaze:

1 head of Garlic
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
3/4 cup Water
1 cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 1/4 cups Dark Brown Sugar
3 tablespoons Lemon Juice
3 tablespoons minced White Onion
1 tablespoon Jack Daniels Whiskey
1 tablespoon crushed Pineapple
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Makes chicken easy! My mom gave it to me

Post # 10
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Not from a restaurant, but try this:

asparagus, goat cheese and lemon pasta

You probably won’t even mind the asparagus when it’s cooked with the pasta and in the sauce ๐Ÿ™‚

Also, if you really want to wow them, try making smashed cauliflower! I know, I know, you said no veggies… but it doesn’t taste like a vegetable at all! Here’s my recipe, which I’ve modified beyond belief so I won’t bother linking to the original, haha:

-1 head of cauliflower

-3 c chicken broth/stock (or water and bouillon) – approximate

Clean head of cauliflower and remove all leaves. Dice (stem included) into small pieces. Dump the whole thing into a sauce pan and barely cover with chicken broth. You don’t want too much liquid, just enough to cover it all.

Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 20-30 minutes uncovered, until the cauliflower is very soft. Remove from heat, drain off excess liquid (there shouldn’t be much).


-3 T butter

-1/3 c grated parmesan cheese

-salt and pepper to taste

Mash as you would potatoes until smooth. Serve hot.

*Note: If you want a slightly creamier texture, you can add one small potato, diced, boiled and mashed with the cauliflower.

Post # 11
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Oh, and the easiest chicken marinade you will EVER find… and it’s DELICIOUS!

Easy Chicken Marinade

Place washed, trimmed chicken breasts (or whatever) in a Ziploc bag. Cover with:

-2 parts oil

-2 parts (dark) vinegar

-1 part soy sauce

(about 1c total marinade for 2-3 chicken breasts)

Let marinade 2-3 hours. You can freeze chicken in this marinade as well, or let frozen chicken thaw in it for 24 hours. Bake, grill or dice and saute chicken until the center is not pink.

ETA: Let me know if you’d like some simple but delic dessert recipes… I’ve got a few that I picked up when I was learning to cook that I still use because they’re that good!

Post # 16
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

if you like zuppa toscana from olive garden, this recipe has it exactly right!


it tastes even better when I make it at home because I can use spicy italian sausage for an extra kick ๐Ÿ™‚

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