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Todd English's Confit of Turkey Recipe


For Todd English, Thanksgiving is all about having fun with ingredients, like mixing sweet potatoes with half and half cream and lavender, or honey and marshmellow. English makes the recipe below for his actual dinner and prepares the breast meat separately: roasting until it's about 150 degrees inside, with super crispy skin. He finishes it off with a homemade giblet gravy and herbs for a hefty, savory sandwich. - Yasmin Fahr

Ingredients

  • 2-2 ½ quarts duck fat
  • 2 turkey legs, thighs attached
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • ½ red onion, roughly chopped
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ orange, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 cups olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees.

Melt the duck fat in a small saucepan.

In a medium bowl, toss the turkey legs with garlic, onion, herbs, orange, carrot and black pepper.

Place the turkey legs in a single, snug layer in a high-sided baking dish or oven-proof saucepan.

Pour the melted fat over the legs, then the olive oil, then place in the oven. Cook slowly at a very slow simmer — just an occasional bubble — until the legs are tender and can be easily pulled from the bone, about 2-3 hours.

Let cool to room temperature in the pan.

When ready to serve, remove from excess fat and place on a dish.

Serve with Todd English's Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing


Recipe Summary

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 piece (1 inch) ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Place a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add oil. Add onion and ginger, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in cranberries, orange juice, raisins, brandy, sugar, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, and red-wine vinegar. Cook until syrupy and reduced by half, about 10 minutes.

Add cranberry juice, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cayenne, and salt. Simmer until thickened, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick, and set aside to cool.


After cooking, keep the flavourful duck fat in the fridge, discarding any jelly that forms on the bottom. The duck fat can be used in many other ways: for incredible roast potatoes, to sautée vegetables such as green beans or mushrooms, to spread on toasted bread or brioche and it also makes a very tasty addition to shortcrust pastry for tarts and quiches.

Confit duck is a rich, wintery dish that suits robust accompaniments like lentils, parsnips, red cabbage, kale and celeriac. Try Andy McLeish’s Confit duck cassoulet with Coco beans and Toulouse sausage or Andy Waters' duck confit recipe, which is served with braised red cabbage, caramelised Granny Smith apples and a savoury green peppercorn sauce. Alternatively, pull away the meat from the bone and use it in pies or filled pasta such as Phil Carnegie’s Duck confit tortellini with butternut squash velouté.


Denny's

Good job. You just found recipes for all your favorite famous foods! Bestselling author and TV Host Todd Wilbur shows you how to easily duplicate the taste of iconic dishes and treats at home for less money than eating out. Todd’s recipes are easy to follow and fun to make! Find your favorite copycat recipes from Denny's here. New recipes added every week.

  • American Coney Island
  • Applebee's
  • Arby's
  • Auntie Anne's
  • Bahama Breeze
  • Baja Fresh
  • Barney's Beanery
  • Baskin-Robbins
  • Benihana
  • Bennigan's
  • Big Boy
  • BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Bob Evans
  • Bojangles'
  • Bonchon
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Boston Market
  • Buca di Beppo
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Capital Grille
  • Carl's Jr.
  • Carnegie Deli
  • Carrabba's
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Cheddar's
  • Chevys
  • Chi-Chi's
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle
  • Cinnabon
  • Claim Jumper
  • Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
  • Cosmic Wings
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Dairy Queen
  • Del Taco
  • Denny's
  • Dive!
  • Domino's
  • DoubleTree
  • Dunkin' Donuts
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels
  • El Pollo Loco
  • Emeril's

First impressions are important, and after my first bite of Denny's new buttermilk pancakes, I couldn't stop thinking about waffle cones. Back in the lab I mashed together a standard waffle cone recipe with one of mine for buttermilk pancakes and was able to create the perfect hack for Denny’s new, improved flapjacks. And because of their unique waffle cone flavor, these pancakes taste just as great doused with maple syrup as they do topped with a big scoop of ice cream.

The recipe makes eight big 6-inch pancakes, which you will form by measuring 1/2 cup of batter onto your preheated griddle or skillet. If you have a large griddle pan you may be able to make a couple of these at a time. With smaller pans, though, you’ll have to make one at time, which will take a little longer. And that’s why they invented mimosas.

My favorite new Denny’s pancakes are these tasty whole-grain-filled buttermilk flapjacks, peppered with healthy flax seeds. At the base of the formula is my hack for Denny’s buttermilk pancakes, and to that I’ve added whole wheat flour, a little flax seed, and a hot cereal blend with nine different grains in it. Okay, mine had ten grains in it, but who’s counting?

Regardless of how many grains are in the cereal blend you use, I find it best to give the grains a quick soak to soften them up before making the pancakes. Just let the cereal and flax seeds rest for a bit in the liquid before mixing them into the dry ingredients.

Find more cool breakfast copycat recipes here.

This soup is only served on Mondays at the Denny’s near my house and it’s not even on the menu. But of all the soups served at the huge diner chain this one tops the list for cloning requests we get here at TSR HQ. A home clone for this popular soup is beautifully simple: make a roux with flour and butter, add milk, shredded Cheddar cheese, chicken broth and broccoli, and simmer until thick. The only suggestion I would make is to shred the Cheddar yourself rather than using the pre-shredded stuff. I find that in soups like this freshly shredded cheese melts much better, giving the soup a creamier and less grainy consistency.

Menu Description: "Three thick slices grilled golden brown and sprinkled with powdered sugar."

This popular breakfast choice at America's number one diner chain takes center stage on the cover of the menu. Three slices of thick bread are dipped in a slightly sweet egg batter, browned to perfection and served up with a dusting of powdered sugar, some soft butter and thick maple syrup on the side. Find the thick-sliced Texas toast bread in your bakery, or use any white bread that's sliced around 3/4-inch thick. This Denny's French toast recipe will make enough for two servings of three slices each, and it's the perfect recipe for waking up a special someone with breakfast in bed.

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Menu Description: "A Denny's original. Sliced turkey breast with Swiss cheese, bacon and tomato on grilled sourdough. Served with French Fries and pickle chips."

Now you can munch down your own clone of this popular palate pleaser, The Super Bird, a cross between a grilled cheese and a club, and Denny's top-selling sandwich. When shopping for sourdough bread, try to find a high-quality loaf with large slices. The thin-sliced turkey breast is best purchased at your market's deli service counter where they cut it while you wait. If you don't have a service counter like this near your house, you can use the prepackaged thin-sliced meats located in the cold deli section. Or you can move.

Menu Description: "Three eggs scrambled with Cheddar cheese, mushrooms, green peppers and onions, then topped with diced tomatoes. Served with hash browns, sausage, bacon and choice of toast, homestyle buttermilk biscuit or English muffin."

In 1953, Harold Butler realized his dream of opening a donut shop. The little shop in Lakewood, California was called Danny's Donuts, and Harold's philosophy was simple: "We're going to serve the best cup of coffee make the best donuts give the best service keep everything spotless offer the best value and stay open 24 hours a day."

That little donut store made $120,000 in its first year—a good bit of change for any restaurant in 1953. When customers showed interest in a more diverse menu, Harold began offering sandwiches, breakfasts, and other meals and in 1954 changed the name to Danny's Coffee Shops. The name of the chain would eventually change again, this time to Denny's—the nation's largest full-service restaurant chain when this recipe was created.

In 1977, Denny's introduced the Grand Slam Breakfast—a value priced breakfast that included eggs, sausage, bacon, and pancakes. Later, the successful Grand Slam Breakfast specials expanded to include other variations including the French Slam, Southern Slam, and the Scram Slam, a popular vegetable-and-scrambled egg creation you can now make for yourself.

How about some pancakes or French toast to go with your scrambled eggs? Click here for more copycat recipes from Denny's.

With its goofy-yet-memorable name, Moons Over My Hammy is a delicious scrambled egg sandwich that can be eaten for breakfast with hash browns on the side, or for lunch with a side of French fries. When you get the sourdough bread for this recipe, try to find a good-quality loaf with large slices.

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Menu Description: "Thinly sliced turkey, crisp bacon, lettuce and tomato on toasted white bread."

Get out your toothpicks, because you'll have a hard time keeping the slices of this triple-decker sandwich from falling apart when slicing the only way you slice a true club sandwich: from corner to corner. This trusty, old-fashioned club sandwich recipe seems like it's been around forever, and yet this sandwich is still one of the top choices from Denny's for lunch. One day you'll find yourself with some white bread, sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo, and you'll realize you're just a Top Secret Recipe away from the secret stacking that will give you the perfect club sandwich.

Menu Description: "A seasoned, grilled chicken breast topped with Cheddar cheese and a stack of thin crisp onion rings on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomato and a sweet hickory spread. Served with a side of BBQ sauce."

With 1527 restaurants across the country, Denny's is on top as America's largest full-service family restaurant chain. Sure, the chain's famous for its Grand Slam Breakfasts, but Denny's menu is filled with tasty choices for grub way past breakfast time. One such item is this chicken sandwich built with grilled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, Cheddar cheese, crispy onion rings, and a secret sweet hickory spread. That hickory spread is one of the ingredients that makes this sandwich special so the clone is here, and it requires an ingredient called hickory salt. You can find this blend of salt and hickory flavoring in the spice section from Spice Islands under the name "Old Hickory Smoked Salt." If you can't find that stuff, just substitute with 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon hickory liquid smoke flavoring. For even more flavor, Denny's serves the sandwich with a small dish of barbecue sauce that tastes remarkably similar to Bull's-Eye Original, so that's what well use. While homemade crunchy onion rings are the way to go for a true clone, you can certainly shortcut this step by using the canned French's French Fried Onions found in practically every supermarket.

I've cloned a ton of items from Denny's, see if I hacked your favorites here.

The original version of these bite-size breakfast treats made with extra thick pancake batter and coated with cinnamon sugar are a big success at Denny's. So, chefs there have come up with another version with blueberries and white chocolate chips inside. Initially I thought I could use an instant blueberry pancake mix to clone the new flavor, such as the mix made by Krusteaz. But those "blueberries" in there aren't even real blueberries - they're fake blueberry flavored bits. Not good. I found that the best solution for the best clone is to add chopped up dried blueberries to an extra-thick batter, along with a little chopped up white chocolate chips. The batter is easy to portion out using a 1 3/4-inch cookie scoop that's been dipped in oil, but you could also use a tablespoon measure as long as you don't scoop up too much. Keep your batter balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter or they may not cook all the way through. Here are clones for the original Pancake Puppies as well as the new blueberry and white chocolate chip version.

Denny's does pancakes right! Check out my other clone recipes here.


Confit Duck Gizzards Recipe

  • 1/2 kg duck gizzards
  • 1 jar of duck fat
  • 6-7 garlic cloves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Italian flat pasta
  • a bunch of green onions

Preparation method:

  1. Chop the garlic.
  2. Wash and then pat dry the gizzards.
  3. Add the gizzards into a bowl or a smaller pot together with the olive oil, salt, ground pepper, chopped garlic and fish sauce. Let them marinate overnight, or at least a few hours.
  4. Heat your oven to 90 degrees C.
  5. Pour the duck fat in an oven-safe pot and heat it up until the fat gets liquid.
  6. Remove the gizzards from their marinade, shake off the extra bits and lay them in the pot with duck fat, so they are entirely covered by the fat.
  7. Cook in the oven for 3-4 hours until cooked to your desired doneness.
  8. Cook the pasta according to the instructions but I would recommend taking one minute of their recommended cooking time.
  9. After cooked place them in a frying pan together with the remaining marinade and sautee them for 1-2 minutes over low heat.
  10. Served the gizzards with the garlic-olive oil pasta, garnish with some greens, I used chopped green onions.

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American Coney Island Chili Dogs
Bahama Breeze Coconut Shrimp
Bahama Breeze Banana Nut Bread Supreme
Bahama Breeze Rum Cake
Barney's Beanery Classic Chili
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Monkey Bread Pizookie
Bojangles Buttermilk Biscuits
Bojangles Bo-Berry Biscuits
Bojangles Dirty Rice
Bojangles Bo's Special Sauce
Bush's Country Style Baked Beans
California Pizza Kitchen Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower
Carl's Jr. Fried Zucchini
Cheddar's Painkiller
Cheddar's Santa Fe Spinach Dip
Cheddar's Monte Cristo
Cheesecake Factory Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Cheesecake Factory Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
Cheesecake Factory Pork Belly Sliders
Cheesecake Factory Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake
Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
Chick-fil-A Chicken Noodle Soup
Chick-fil-A Mac &Cheese
Chick-fil-A Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce
Chili's Original Chili
Chipotle Carnitas
Costco Blueberry Muffins
Denny's Buttermilk Pancakes
Denny's Hearty 9-Grain Pancakes
Einstein Bros. Bagels Twice-Baked Hash Brown
Hattie B's Nashville Hot Chicken
Heinz Mayochup
Hershey Gold Peanuts & Pretzels
Hooters Daytona Beach Style Wings
Hooters Original Style Wings
Hostess Powdered Donettes
IHOP Mexican Churro Pancakes
IHOP Mexican Tres Leches Pancakes
IHOP Red Velvet Pancakes
Jolly Rancher's Hard Candy
KFC Potato Wedges
KFC Chicken Pot Pie (Improved)
KFC Extra Crispy Tenders
KFC Georgia Gold Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce
KFC Nashville Hot Chicken
Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Bar
Kings Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Knott's Berry Farm Shortbread Cookies
Kozy Shack Rice Pudding (Improved)
Kozy Shack Tapioca Pudding
Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
Leonard's Bakery Malasadas
Maggiano's Beef Tenderloin Medallions
Maggiano's Vera's Lemon Cookies
Melting Pot Coq Au Vin Fondue
Melting Pot Cocktail Sauce
Melting Pot Curry Sauce
Melting Pot Ginger Plum Sauce
Melting Pot Gorgonzola Port Sauce
Melting Pot Green Goddess Sauce
Melting Pot Teriyaki Sauce
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nothing Bundt Cakes White Chocolate Raspberry
Olive Garden Braised Beef Bolognese
Olive Garden Chicken Margherita
Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana
Olive Garden Chicken Piccata
Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala
Olive Garden Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Olive Garden Warm Apple Crostata
Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Butter Popcorn
Outback Steakhouse Baked Potato Soup
Outback Steakhouse Chili Lime Corn
Outback Steakhouse Bacon Bourbon Salmon
Outback Steakhouse Toowoomba Steak
P.F. Chang's Banana Spring Rolls
Panda Express Beijing Beef
Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken Breast
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
Panda Express Fortune Cookies
Panera Bread Autumn Squash Soup
Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup
Panera Bread Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Panera Bread Turkey Chili
Panera Bread Vegetarian Summer Corn Chowder
Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Cinnamon
Panera Bread Crunch Scone
Panera Bread Blueberry Scone
Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie
Pei Wei Wei Better Orange Chicken
Pizzeria Uno Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Popcornopolis Caramel Popcorn
Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Popeyes Spicy Mayonnaise
Qdoba Tortilla Soup
Qdoba Grilled Adobo Chicken
Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
Shake Shack ShackBurger
Shake Shack Frozen Vanilla Custard
Shake Shack Vanilla Milkshake
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Starbucks Bacon & Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites
Starbucks Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper Sous Vide Egg Bites
Starbucks Iced Lemon Loaf Cake (Improved)
Starbucks Petite Vanilla Bean Scones
Swiss Chalet Dipping Sauce
Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwrap
Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme
Taco Bell Nacho Fries
Taco Bell Diablo Sauce
Taco Bell Green Tomatillo Sauce
Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Thomas English Muffins
Warheads Super Sour Spray Candy
Wendy's Hot Chili Seasoning
Wendy's Maple Bacon Chicken Sandwich
Wendy's Chocolate Frosty (Improved)
Wendy's Vanilla Frosty
Werthers Original Hard Candies
Wingstop Garlic Parmesan Wings
Wingstop Lemon Pepper Wings
Wingstop Original Hot Wings
Zaxby's Chicken Fingerz
Zaxby's Zax Sauce

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  • 20ml/¾fl oz rapeseed oil
  • 1 x 5kg/11lb good-quality free-range turkey, preferably organically reared, wishbone removed (ask your butcher to remove the wings and neck and chop them into 2.5cm/1in pieces to use in the dish)
  • 40g/1½oz unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 pinches sea salt flakes
  • 2 pinches freshly ground white pepper
  • 200ml/7fl oz water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tsp ground arrowroot (depending on how thick you like your gravy), dissolved in 1 tbsp cold water and steamed seasonal vegetables, to serve

Remove the turkey from the fridge and bring to room temperature - this will take at least an hour.

When you are ready to cook, preheat the oven to 230C/220C Fan/Gas 8.

Heat the rapeseed oil in a large, heavy-based roasting tray on the stove top. Add the chopped turkey wings and neck and fry for 8-10 minutes, turning the pieces over every 2-3 minutes, or until evenly browned all over.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, soften the butter with the back of a dessert spoon, then season with the salt and freshly ground white pepper. Using a pastry brush or your hands, smear the seasoned butter all over the turkey. Add any remaining butter to the roasting tray once the chopped wings and neck have browned.

Place the turkey on top of the wing and neck pieces, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove the turkey from the oven and baste all over with the cooking juices.

Reduce the oven temperature to 160C/150C Fan/Gas 3.

Pour the water into the roasting tray, then return the turkey to the oven and continue to cook for a further 1 hour, basting the bird with the cooking juices every 20 minutes (do this quickly to prevent the heat escaping from the oven).

At the end of the cooking time, test that the turkey is cooked through by inserting a skewer or roasting fork into the thickest part of its thigh if the juices run clear, the meat is cooked. Alternatively, use a meat thermometer if cooked, the temperature should be 65C for 10 minutes, or up to 74C for 2 minutes. If the turkey is not fully cooked, return it to the oven until the juices run clear.

Remove the turkey from the oven and transfer the bird to a large, deep-sided tray, reserving the roasting tray the turkey was cooked in along with the cooking juices. Set the turkey aside to rest for a minimum of 30 minutes and up to 1½ hours.

While the turkey is resting, cook your roast potatoes and vegetable dishes.

When you’re almost ready to serve the meal, return the roasting tray used to cook the turkey to the stove top. Bring the cooking juices to the boil over a medium heat, scraping up any burned bits from the bottom of the tray using a wooden spoon.

Collect the juices released by the turkey as it was resting and add them to the gravy. Season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper, if needed.

Reduce the heat until the gravy is simmering, then stir in the dissolved arrowroot and cook until the gravy has thickened.

Strain the gravy through a fine sieve into a warmed jug. Keep warm.

To serve, bring the turkey to the table and carve into slices. Serve with the roast potatoes and vegetables. Pour over the gravy.

Recipe Tips

Tip 1: As is so often the way when it comes to cooking, buying the best quality ingredients that you can afford is key to making this dish taste spectacular. If you are unable to use a fresh turkey, ensure that your frozen turkey is thoroughly defrosted before you start. Whether you’re using a fresh or frozen bird, allow it to return to room temperature for before cooking.

Tip 2: Resting the turkey is an important process which allows the meat to become tender and succulent as the juices inside the meat become more evenly distributed throughout the bird - so don’t skip this stage!

Tip 3: You may be a little concerned about the cooking time (or lack of it). Believe me, it has been tried, tested and tried again. During the cooking process the turkey will absorb the heat from the oven and this absorbed heat will continue to cook the bird as it rests which can increase the internal temperature by up to 10C, depending on the size of the turkey. It is important to use a good-quality turkey (as specified in the recipe) because they tend to cook faster.


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Tony Roma had already been in the restaurant business for many years when he opened Tony Roma's Place in North Miami, Florida in 1972. This casual diner featured food at reasonable prices, nightly live entertainment and the house specialty: baby back ribs. Soon, customers were traveling from miles away to get a taste of the succulent, mouth-watering ribs. One rib-lover came from Texas in 1976: Clint Murchison, Jr., a Texas financier and owner of the Dallas Cowboys. After sampling the baby backs, and claiming they were the best he'd ever tasted, he struck up a deal with Tony to purchase the majority of the U.S. rights to the company and planned for a major expansion.

The famous barbecue ribs served at the restaurant have been judged the "Best in America" at a national rib cook-off and have won more than 30 awards at other state and local competitions. The secret to the tender, melt-in-your-mouth quality of the ribs at Tony Roma's is the long, slow-cooking process. Here is the Top Secret Recipes version of the cooking technique.

The sauce cloned here is the sauce the made the chain famous—Tony Roma's serves it on their Original Baby Back Ribs. This version of the sauce uses a ketchup base, vinegar, dark corn syrup and a bit of Tabasco. The chain uses their sauce on baby back ribs and has started selling it by the bottle in each restaurant. Now you can make a version of your own that is less costly than the bottled brand, and can be used on any cut of ribs, or even chicken.

Check out my clone recipes for these other 3 sauces: Caroline Honey Sauce, Blue Ridge Smokies Sauce, and Red Hots Sauce.

Here's a simple copycat recipe for KFC potato salad that's no longer sold as a side dish at America's largest fast food chicken chain. Some of the skin is left on the potatoes in the real thing, so you don't have to peel yours too thoroughly. Just be sure to chop your potatoes into cubes that are approximately 1/2-inch thick, and then let the salad marinate for at least 4 hours so that the flavors can properly develop. If you let the salad chill overnight, it tastes even better.

Try my recipes for KFC fried chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, and many more here.

Menu Description: "Fresh ripe bananas in our rich vanilla cream, topped with fresh whipped cream or fluffy meringue."

Bakers get to work by 5 a.m. at Marie Callender's to begin baking over 30 varieties of pies. Huge pies. Pies that weigh nearly three pounds apiece. The fresh, creamy, flaky delicious pies that have made Marie Callender's famous in the food biz. On those mornings about 250 pies will be made at each of the 147 restaurants. Modest, I suppose, when compared with Thanksgiving Day when the stores can make up to 3,500 pies each.

For now though, we'll start with just one—banana cream pie with flaky crust, whipped cream, and slivered almonds on top. This recipe requires that you bake the crust unfilled, so you will have to use a pie weight or other oven-safe object to keep the crust from puffing up. Large pie weights are sold in many stores, or you can use small metal or ceramic weights (sold in packages). Or place dried beans on the crust which has first been lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Try more of my Marie Callender's copycat recipes here.

This huge chicken chain offers seven delicious dressings to top three salad choices, and this is my current favorite of the bunch. The Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing is best on a Southwestern-style salad like the one on Chick-fil-A’s menu with mixed greens, black beans, corn, spicy chicken, and tortilla strips on top. But it’ll work on just about any mixed greens salad or burrito bowl you come up with at home or use it as a dip for chicken fingers, taquitos, and Southwestern eggrolls.

For a good home clone be sure to smash the avocado until no chunks remain and let the dressing sit for at least an hour before you use it so the dried herbs, onion, and garlic can rehydrate and the flavors can bloom.

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Let's face it, it's the sauce that makes this sandwich so good. If you take the Bourbon Street Glaze away from Subway's new Bourbon Street Chicken Sandwich, you end up with. a boring chicken sub. Once you've got this secret sauce cloned, you can drizzle it over your next boring chicken sub to experience the greatness that is one of Subway's most delicious products.

If you're a fan of the Subway Sweet Onion Sauce, click here for my recipe.

Menu Description: “A deliciously different way to taco. Tangy grilled chicken, sweet Asian chile sauce and dumpling sauce stuffed into crispy wonton shells and topped with a crunchy slaw and cilantro mix.”

Re-creating this hit appetizer requires cloning four parts none of which are difficult: Grilled chicken, coleslaw, secret dumpling sauce, and the crispy wonton shell to hold all of it together. For the chicken, we’ll grill a couple of thighs and chop them up. Then we’ll use bottled sweet chili sauce—usually found in your grocery store where Asian foods are parked—to punch up the flavor.

The coleslaw is easy with a dressing that’s only five ingredients. The slaw is best when it has some time to sit and wilt a bit, so plan ahead for the best flavor. You can slice the cabbage yourself, but a coleslaw kit that’s a combo of sliced cabbage and shredded carrots is a big time-saver. Just measure out 4 cups of the cabbage blend and mix it with the minced cilantro and dressing.

Wonton taco shells are not a thing you can usually find in stores, so we’ll make our own using wonton wrappers and a skillet of hot oil. When the oil is hot, add a wonton wrapper and use tongs to fold it over diagonally as it fries until it’s crispy on both sides. It takes less than a minute to fry each wonton taco shell, and you’ll get better at it as you go. Just be sure to leave plenty of room in the taco for the delicious fillings to come.

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The sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich made with two slices of French toast first appeared on the Burger King menu in 2019, but it was just for a limited time. In 2021, BK brought the breakfast sandwich back, and this time it came with a new ingredient: buttery maple spread. The first version of the sandwich was good, but the sequel with the new maple spread is great.

And that’s right where this clone starts. The hack here for the buttery maple spread is just three ingredients and it will chill out in your fridge while you make the easy French toast. Find small, thin slices of white bread for that. Sara Lee makes a loaf of bread called Delightful that works great.

The real French toast sandwiches come with either sausage, bacon, or ham, so pick your favorite and insert it between the egg and cheese. If your ingredients cool down as you are prepping, just pop each assembled sandwich into your microwave for about 15 seconds prior to serving for perfectly warmed French toast and gooey melted cheese.

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Menu Description: “Four buttermilk pancakes layered with a fiesta of warm cinnamon spread, crunchy mini-churros and sweet cream cheese icing. Crowned with whipped topping.”

This creative flapjack recipe is cloned by starting with my hack for IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes from Top Secret Recipes Step-by-Step. A fresh stack of these fluffy pancakes is then layered with the sweet cinnamon spread made with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Rather than making churros from scratch, we’ll save time by using frozen churros. I found some at Target and Walmart. Chop them into bite-size chunks and arrange them on top of the pancakes, then drizzle your stack with the homemade cream cheese icing recipe here, and prepare to accept your “oohs” and “ahhs.”

Check out more of your favorite recipes from IHOP right here.

It’s about time for Top Secret Recipes to hack one of Starbucks all-time bestselling baked snacks. For this banana bread knock-off, I settled on a blend of both baking powder and baking soda for a good crumb and dark crust that perfectly resembles the original. And I decided it best to go big on the dark brown sugar, not only for flavor but also because the extra molasses in the darker brown sugar triggers a helpful leavening boost from the baking soda. It’s also important to know that an accurate clone must have both walnuts and pecans in the mix, because that’s what’s really in it, according to the official Starbucks website ingredients info. All other copycats I saw got it wrong when it came to the nut blend, so if you want a true clone, this is the hack to bake.

I've cloned a ton of drinks and treats from Starbucks. See if I hacked your favorite here.

Menu Description: Tender marinated steak, fire-roasted poblanos, cilantro pesto, yellow onions, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack and fresh cilantro. Served with housemade salsa verde.

One of California Pizza Kitchen’s most popular “globally-inspired” pizzas is this fabulous pie topped with strips of marinated flank steak, cilantro pesto, and fire-roasted poblano pepper. I broke it down and hacked all the parts for you—including the awesome salsa verde that goes on top—so that you can assemble two beautiful pizzas that look and taste like the real thing.

Sometimes deliciousness requires patience, so be sure to plan this clone one day in advance to allow your dough to properly proof and the steak to fully marinate. You can also prep the pesto, salsa verde, and roasted poblano one day in advance so that when it comes time to make pizzas the next day, you just need to cook the carne asada, build the pizzas, and bake.

It was the creator of Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza who came up with the idea to cook bits of maple syrup into small pancakes for a new sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich offering from the world’s #1 fast food chain. Tom Ryan’s idea became a reality in 2003 when the McGriddles—with maple-flavored griddle cake buns—debuted on McDonald’s breakfast menu, and the sandwich is still selling like hotcakes today.

To make four cloned McGriddles at home you’ll first need to produce eight perfectly round griddle cakes that are infused with sweet maple bits. Recipes that instruct you to make hard candy from maple syrup for this hack will fail to tell you that the shattered shards of hard candy don't completely melt when the griddle cakes are cooked resulting in a distinct crunch not found in the real McDonald’s product. Also, breaking the hard maple candy into small uniform chunks is both difficult and messy. My solution was to make a flavorful maple gummy puck that could be neatly petite diced and sprinkled into the batter as it cooks.

Just be sure to use maple flavoring rather than maple extract for the maple gummy. Maple flavoring has a more intense flavor than the extract and the dark brown caramel coloring will make your maple bits look like pancake syrup. You’ll also need one or two 3½-inch rings to make griddle cakes that are the perfect size for your clones.

This recipe duplicates the bacon version of the sandwich, but you can replace the bacon with a patty made from breakfast sausage for the sausage version, or just go with egg and cheese.

Get more of my McDonald's copycat recipes here.

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For more than thirty years, Todd Wilbur has been obsessed with recreating America's most iconic brand-name foods at home. In his first cookbook with color photos, the New York Times bestselling author brings you 125 new clone recipes: 75 first-time hacks and 50 overhauled all-time favorites. These recipes are not found individually on the website with the exception of just a few.

Each recipe comes with easy-to-follow step-by-step photos so that even novice cooks can perfectly recreate their favorite famous foods with everyday ingredients. And your homemade versions cost just a fraction of what the restaurants charge! The result of years of careful research, trial-and-error, and a little creative reverse-engineering.

Contents
Applebee's Mozzarella Sticks
Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad
Applebee's Mexican Rice
Applebee's Fiesta Lime Chicken
Applebee's Maple Butter Blondie
Arby's Curly Fries
Auntie Anne's Pretzels
Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Boston Market Meatloaf
Buba Gumps Seafood Hush Pups
Bubba Gump's Shrimp New Orleans
Burger King Stuffed Steakhouse Burger
Cafe Rio Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
Cafe Rio Sweet Pork Barbacoa
Cafe Rio Tres Leches Cake
Capital Grille Creamed Corn with Smoked Bacon
Capital Grille Lobster Mac 'N' Cheese
Capital Grille Classic Creme Brulee
Carrabba's Cozze in Bianco (Steamed Mussels)
Carrabba's Pollo Rosa Maria
Cheesecake Factory Fried Macaroni and Cheese
Cheesecake Factory Stuffed Mushrooms
Cheesecake Factory Mashed Red Potatoes
Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira
Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta
Cheesecake Factory Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake
Cheesecake Factory Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich
Chili's California Grilled Chicken Flatbread
Chili's Chipotle Chicken Flatbread
Chili Grilled Baby Back Ribs
Chili's® Molten Chocolate Cake
Chipotle Mexican Grill Black Beans
Chipotle Mexican Grill Cilantro Lime Brown Rice
Chipotle Mexican Grill Adobo-Marinated Grilled Chicken & Steak
Girl Scout Cookies Trefoils/Shortbread Cookies
Hostess CupCakes
Hostess Twinkie
Houston's Chicago-Style Spinach Dip
IHOP New York Cheesecake Pancakes
IHOP Original Buttermilk Pancakes
IKEA Swedish Meatballs
Jack-in-the-Box Beef Taco
KFC Cole Slaw
KFC Grilled Chicken
KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken
Legal Sea Foods New England Clam Chowder
Legal Sea Foods Legal's Signature Crab Cakes
Lofthouse Frosted Cookies
Long John Silver's Tartar Sauce
Long John Silver's Battered Fish
Marie Callender's Famous Golden Cornbread
Marie Callender's Banana Cream Pie
Mauna Loa Kona Coffee Glazed Macadamias
McDonald's McCafe Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie
McDonald's Sweet Chili Chicken McWrap
McDonald's Big Mac
McDonald's McRib Sandwich
McDonald's Baked Apple Pie
The Melting Pot Cheddar Cheese Fondue
The Melting Pot Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue
Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies
Nordstrom Roma Tomato Basil Soup
Nuts 4 Nuts Honey Roasted Nuts
Olive Garden Garden Fresh Salad & Salad Dressing
Orange Julius Original Orange Julius
The Original Pancake House Apple Pancake
The Original Pancake House Dutch Baby
The Original Pancake House Sourdough Pancakes
Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bushman Bread
Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion
Outback Steakhouse Kookaburra Wings
Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Panera Bread Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad
Panera Bread Spinach & Bacon Baked Egg Soufflé
Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps
P.F. Chang's Oolong Chilean Sea Bass
Pinkberry Original Frozen Yogurt
Pinkberry Pomegranate Frozen Yogurt
Raising Cane's Cane's Sauce
Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
Red Lobster Pumpkin Pie in a Jar
Roy's Braised Short Ribs of Beef
Roy's Misoyaki "Butterfish"
Roy's Melting Hot Chocolate Soufflé
Rubio's Mild Salsa
Rubio's Red Tomatillo Salsa
Rubio's Grilled Gourmet Taco with Shrimp
Rubio's Original Fish Taco
Ruth's Chris Steak House Barbecued Shrimp
Ruth's Chris Steak House Ruth's Chop Salad
Ruth's Chris Steak House Sweet Potato Casserole
Ruth's Chris Steak House Chris Filet
Sabra Classic Hummus
St. Elmo Steak House Shrimp Cocktail
Starbucks Birthday Cake Cake Pops
Starbucks Holiday Gingerbread
Steak 'n Shake Classic Milk Shakes
Steak 'n Shake Genuine Chili
Steak 'n Shake The Original Double 'n Cheese Steakburger
Taco Bell CrunchWrap Supreme
Taco Bell Mexican Pizza
TGI Friday's Loaded Potato Skins
TGI Friday's Jack Daniel's Sauce
TGI Friday's Dragonfire Salmon
Tony Roma's Baby Back Ribs
Tony Roma's Original Barbecue Sauce
Tony Roma's Carolina Honeys Barbecue Sauce
Waffle House Waffles
Wendy's Chili
Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Craving more of Todd's recipes? There are 11 cookbooks in all!

Menu Description: “A baked blend of Italian cheeses, pasta, and our signature five-cheese marinara.”

Hacking Olive Garden’s famous baked ziti would not be possible without a perfect clone of the chain’s popular five-cheese marinara sauce. I started with my previous hack of the plain marinara for Olive Garden’s Chicken Parmigiana and enhanced it with the addition of five kinds of Italian cheese and heavy cream.

Determining which five types of cheese are in a prepared sauce is tough without some insider assistance, so before cooking I focused my efforts on convincing a server to ask the chef for the list…and I got it! The blend of cheese used here in the sauce comes straight from the kitchen of my local Olive Garden. When you taste it you’ll know the intel was legit.

After the sauce is added to the pasta it’s topped with a cheese-and-breadcrumb mix called “ziti topping,” then it’s browned under a salamander (for the restaurant version) or a broiler (for your version). The result is a beautiful dish with great sauce and a cheesy topping that should satisfy even the pickiest baked ziti fanatics.

I've cloned a ton of dishes from Olive Garden. See if I hacked your favorite here.

It’s a good thing that Panera’s delicious tomato soup is made with pear tomatoes so we can use canned San Marzano-style tomatoes for a quick and easy hack, and we’ll pump up the tomato flavor with added tomato paste.

Other hacks will call for some form of broth here, but the broth is unnecessary and it's not in the real thing so a good clone recipe wouldn't include it. There is plenty of flavorful liquid in the canned tomatoes and we’ll sculpt the final flavor with herbs and spices, sugar, and lemon juice.

You can buy premade croutons to use on top of your soup, but I’ve also included an easy hack to make black pepper croutons from focaccia or ciabatta bread just like those you get at the restaurant.

Check here for more of my Panera Bread copycat recipes.

The sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich made with two slices of French toast first appeared on the Burger King menu in 2019, but it was just for a limited time. In 2021, BK brought the breakfast sandwich back, and this time it came with a new ingredient: buttery maple spread. The first version of the sandwich was good, but the sequel with the new maple spread is great.

And that’s right where this clone starts. The hack here for the buttery maple spread is just three ingredients and it will chill out in your fridge while you make the easy French toast. Find small, thin slices of white bread for that. Sara Lee makes a loaf of bread called Delightful that works great.

The real French toast sandwiches come with either sausage, bacon, or ham, so pick your favorite and insert it between the egg and cheese. If your ingredients cool down as you are prepping, just pop each assembled sandwich into your microwave for about 15 seconds prior to serving for perfectly warmed French toast and gooey melted cheese.

Check out more of my Burger King copycat recipes here.

It’s about time for Top Secret Recipes to hack one of Starbucks all-time bestselling baked snacks. For this banana bread knock-off, I settled on a blend of both baking powder and baking soda for a good crumb and dark crust that perfectly resembles the original. And I decided it best to go big on the dark brown sugar, not only for flavor but also because the extra molasses in the darker brown sugar triggers a helpful leavening boost from the baking soda. It’s also important to know that an accurate clone must have both walnuts and pecans in the mix, because that’s what’s really in it, according to the official Starbucks website ingredients info. All other copycats I saw got it wrong when it came to the nut blend, so if you want a true clone, this is the hack to bake.

I've cloned a ton of drinks and treats from Starbucks. See if I hacked your favorite here.

You just never know when you'll be craving a clone of your favorite famous food like Popeyes Chicken Sandwich, Nabisco Fig Newtons, Texas Roadhouse Rolls, or KFC Carolina Gold BBQ Chicken. But whenever you do, and wherever you are, this collection of delicious new secret recipes will be there in the palm of your hand.

Hardcopy color cookbooks have a pretty steep base price these days, so I’m releasing Top Secret Recipes Unleashed exclusively as an Amazon ebook to keep the price down. It looks just like a print version would look because it displays in full-color on any device that runs the free Kindle app: phones, tablets, and PCs.

And once you have it on your device you’ll always have the book with you (even if you’re not connected), which can be pretty handy when you’re at the grocery store hunting down ingredients.

Let’s dig in and check out the Table of Contents so you can see all the recipes inside:

American Coney Island Chili Dogs
Bahama Breeze Coconut Shrimp
Bahama Breeze Banana Nut Bread Supreme
Bahama Breeze Rum Cake
Barney's Beanery Classic Chili
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts
BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Monkey Bread Pizookie
Bojangles Buttermilk Biscuits
Bojangles Bo-Berry Biscuits
Bojangles Dirty Rice
Bojangles Bo's Special Sauce
Bush's Country Style Baked Beans
California Pizza Kitchen Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower
Carl's Jr. Fried Zucchini
Cheddar's Painkiller
Cheddar's Santa Fe Spinach Dip
Cheddar's Monte Cristo
Cheesecake Factory Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
Cheesecake Factory Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
Cheesecake Factory Pork Belly Sliders
Cheesecake Factory Oreo Dream Extreme Cheesecake
Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
Chick-fil-A Chicken Noodle Soup
Chick-fil-A Mac &Cheese
Chick-fil-A Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce
Chili's Original Chili
Chipotle Carnitas
Costco Blueberry Muffins
Denny's Buttermilk Pancakes
Denny's Hearty 9-Grain Pancakes
Einstein Bros. Bagels Twice-Baked Hash Brown
Hattie B's Nashville Hot Chicken
Heinz Mayochup
Hershey Gold Peanuts & Pretzels
Hooters Daytona Beach Style Wings
Hooters Original Style Wings
Hostess Powdered Donettes
IHOP Mexican Churro Pancakes
IHOP Mexican Tres Leches Pancakes
IHOP Red Velvet Pancakes
Jolly Rancher's Hard Candy
KFC Potato Wedges
KFC Chicken Pot Pie (Improved)
KFC Extra Crispy Tenders
KFC Georgia Gold Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce
KFC Nashville Hot Chicken
Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt Bar
Kings Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Knott's Berry Farm Shortbread Cookies
Kozy Shack Rice Pudding (Improved)
Kozy Shack Tapioca Pudding
Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
Leonard's Bakery Malasadas
Maggiano's Beef Tenderloin Medallions
Maggiano's Vera's Lemon Cookies
Melting Pot Coq Au Vin Fondue
Melting Pot Cocktail Sauce
Melting Pot Curry Sauce
Melting Pot Ginger Plum Sauce
Melting Pot Gorgonzola Port Sauce
Melting Pot Green Goddess Sauce
Melting Pot Teriyaki Sauce
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nothing Bundt Cakes White Chocolate Raspberry
Olive Garden Braised Beef Bolognese
Olive Garden Chicken Margherita
Olive Garden Chicken Parmigiana
Olive Garden Chicken Piccata
Olive Garden Stuffed Chicken Marsala
Olive Garden Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Olive Garden Warm Apple Crostata
Orville Redenbacher's Movie Theater Butter Popcorn
Outback Steakhouse Baked Potato Soup
Outback Steakhouse Chili Lime Corn
Outback Steakhouse Bacon Bourbon Salmon
Outback Steakhouse Toowoomba Steak
P.F. Chang's Banana Spring Rolls
Panda Express Beijing Beef
Panda Express Honey Sesame Chicken Breast
Panda Express Honey Walnut Shrimp
Panda Express Fortune Cookies
Panera Bread Autumn Squash Soup
Panera Bread Baked Potato Soup
Panera Bread Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Panera Bread Turkey Chili
Panera Bread Vegetarian Summer Corn Chowder
Panera Bread Cinnamon Crunch Bagel Cinnamon
Panera Bread Crunch Scone
Panera Bread Blueberry Scone
Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie
Pei Wei Wei Better Orange Chicken
Pizzeria Uno Chicago Deep Dish Pizza
Popcornopolis Caramel Popcorn
Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Popeyes Spicy Mayonnaise
Qdoba Tortilla Soup
Qdoba Grilled Adobo Chicken
Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce
Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles
Shake Shack ShackBurger
Shake Shack Frozen Vanilla Custard
Shake Shack Vanilla Milkshake
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte
Starbucks Bacon & Gruyere Sous Vide Egg Bites
Starbucks Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper Sous Vide Egg Bites
Starbucks Iced Lemon Loaf Cake (Improved)
Starbucks Petite Vanilla Bean Scones
Swiss Chalet Dipping Sauce
Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwrap
Taco Bell Chalupa Supreme
Taco Bell Nacho Fries
Taco Bell Diablo Sauce
Taco Bell Green Tomatillo Sauce
Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Thomas English Muffins
Warheads Super Sour Spray Candy
Wendy's Hot Chili Seasoning
Wendy's Maple Bacon Chicken Sandwich
Wendy's Chocolate Frosty (Improved)
Wendy's Vanilla Frosty
Werthers Original Hard Candies
Wingstop Garlic Parmesan Wings
Wingstop Lemon Pepper Wings
Wingstop Original Hot Wings
Zaxby's Chicken Fingerz
Zaxby's Zax Sauce

See any of your favorites?

Your home printer will make beautiful full-page, full-color printouts from the book to use in your kitchen. I printed these from my iPhone:

I hope you have as much fun with my new book "Top Secret Recipes Unleashed: Mind-Blowing Secret Formulas for Cloning Your Favorite Famous Foods at Home", as I had creating these delicious recipes.

At Cosmic Wings, Applebee’s second attempt at a virtual chicken wing chain, they have a code name for the Cheetos crumbs that coat their signature wings: Cheedle. The delivery-only wing chain debuted in February 2021 and has several other more traditional sauce flavors such as classic Buffalo, honey mustard, and spicy barbecue, but it’s the sauce made with Cheetos that puts the cosmic in the wings.

The concept is simple and the hack is straightforward once you pick your flavor or Cheetos to crush. Are you going with the more mellow regular cheese flavor Cheetos, or the kicked up Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Pick your flavor and crush up some “Cheedle” in a food processor. If you don’t have one of those you can put the Cheetos in a storage bag and whack on ‘em with a kitchen mallet or rolling pin.

Fry some wings, baste them with a buttery sauce, and toss them in the Cheedle of your choice. And if Flamin’ Hot isn’t hot enough for you, you could use Cheetos XXX Hot Flamin’ Hot Cheetos that are twice as hot as Flamin’ Hot, and you’d have kicked-up version that isn’t offered on the menu.

Find more fun and easy appetizer recipes here.

Menu Description: “A deliciously different way to taco. Tangy grilled chicken, sweet Asian chile sauce and dumpling sauce stuffed into crispy wonton shells and topped with a crunchy slaw and cilantro mix.”

Re-creating this hit appetizer requires cloning four parts none of which are difficult: Grilled chicken, coleslaw, secret dumpling sauce, and the crispy wonton shell to hold all of it together. For the chicken, we’ll grill a couple of thighs and chop them up. Then we’ll use bottled sweet chili sauce—usually found in your grocery store where Asian foods are parked—to punch up the flavor.

The coleslaw is easy with a dressing that’s only five ingredients. The slaw is best when it has some time to sit and wilt a bit, so plan ahead for the best flavor. You can slice the cabbage yourself, but a coleslaw kit that’s a combo of sliced cabbage and shredded carrots is a big time-saver. Just measure out 4 cups of the cabbage blend and mix it with the minced cilantro and dressing.

Wonton taco shells are not a thing you can usually find in stores, so we’ll make our own using wonton wrappers and a skillet of hot oil. When the oil is hot, add a wonton wrapper and use tongs to fold it over diagonally as it fries until it’s crispy on both sides. It takes less than a minute to fry each wonton taco shell, and you’ll get better at it as you go. Just be sure to leave plenty of room in the taco for the delicious fillings to come.

I've cloned a lot of dishes from Applebee's. See if I hacked your favorites here.

Taco Bell’s popular Cinnamon Twists are inspired by a traditional Mexican treat made by frying duros de harina until puffy, then sprinkling the crunchy spirals with cinnamon/sugar. Duros, or duritos, is a special pasta made with wheat flour and cornmeal or cornstarch that swells up in seconds in hot oil, transforming it into a light and crispy snack.

You can find duros in many shapes at Latin markets or online, but for this hack you want spirals that look like rotini. Most duros you find will likely be saltier and denser than what Taco Bell uses since the chain created a custom recipe for American palates.

It takes just 10 to 15 seconds for the pasta to puff up in the oil—it will be sudden and dramatic and the duros crisps will float to the top. When they do, gently poke at them, and stir them around in the hot oil until they are evenly cooked. It only takes about a minute to fry each batch.

Watch me make these tasty twists in this new video!

Find more of my Taco Bell copycat recipes here.

It was the creator of Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza who came up with the idea to cook bits of maple syrup into small pancakes for a new sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich offering from the world’s #1 fast food chain. Tom Ryan’s idea became a reality in 2003 when the McGriddles—with maple-flavored griddle cake buns—debuted on McDonald’s breakfast menu, and the sandwich is still selling like hotcakes today.

To make four cloned McGriddles at home you’ll first need to produce eight perfectly round griddle cakes that are infused with sweet maple bits. Recipes that instruct you to make hard candy from maple syrup for this hack will fail to tell you that the shattered shards of hard candy don't completely melt when the griddle cakes are cooked resulting in a distinct crunch not found in the real McDonald’s product. Also, breaking the hard maple candy into small uniform chunks is both difficult and messy. My solution was to make a flavorful maple gummy puck that could be neatly petite diced and sprinkled into the batter as it cooks.

Just be sure to use maple flavoring rather than maple extract for the maple gummy. Maple flavoring has a more intense flavor than the extract and the dark brown caramel coloring will make your maple bits look like pancake syrup. You’ll also need one or two 3½-inch rings to make griddle cakes that are the perfect size for your clones.

This recipe duplicates the bacon version of the sandwich, but you can replace the bacon with a patty made from breakfast sausage for the sausage version, or just go with egg and cheese.

Get more of my McDonald's copycat recipes here.

This super-spicy, slightly-sweet dipping sauce was introduced in the Fall of 2020 with the debut of the Spicy McNuggets, and it was the first new McDonald’s dipping sauce since the 2017 re-release of the infamous Szechuan Sauce (sauce mob details and hack here). The Mighty Hot Sauce was only offered for a limited time, and it vanished along with the Spicy McNuggets later that year. But not for long. Due to a social media outcry, Spicy McNuggets and Mighty Hot Sauce came back to the Golden Arches on February 1, 2021, for another limited-time-only run.

Now you can get that same heavenly Mighty Hot Sauce heat any time you want at home with this simple formula and use it as a dip for chicken fingers, wings, or whatever. This hack will give you about ½ cup of the sauce, but feel free to double it for a mightier portion. Just add another 20 seconds to the cooking time.

If you want the best McDonald’s match use Texas Pete’s cayenne sauce for your hack. If you can’t find that brand, go with Frank’s.

Click here for more great McDonald's copycat recipes.

As Pizza Hut veers away from salads it’s becoming harder to find their popular Italian dressing. Perhaps this is why we’ve been getting an increasing number of requests here to hack the endangered classic salad sauce before it becomes extinct. When a search for the salad dressing here in Las Vegas hit a dead end I was thankful for a TSR fan in Pennsylvania who was able to send me a giant 1-gallon bottle of the stuff that should last me though most of the decade.

Sure, it’s a lot of dressing, but the benefit of having an official bottle is that it comes with an official list of ingredients on the label. That was certainly helpful and informative, although I opted to not include the propylene glycol alginate (ick!) and xanthan gum in my version and kept it to simply basic ingredients, plus MSG. Monosodium glutamate is practically as safe as salt and it’s an important part of the umami flavor found in the original. A respectable clone cannot be made without this important ingredient, so include it if you want a perfect match. You can find MSG in stores in the spice aisle under the brand-name Ac’cent or in bulk online.

You might also want to try my clone recipe for Pizza Hut Pan Pizza.

For a great chicken tortilla soup that doesn’t skimp on chicken and comes packed with other goodies like two kinds of beans, corn, chiles, onion, celery, garlic, and cilantro you’ll want to hack Chick-fil-A’s hearty version. Their soup is not only surprisingly good for a fast food chain, but it could also stand up to tortilla soups from any full-service chain, and these preparation secrets will guide you through a spot-on at-home clone.

For the white beans look for canned navy beans or small white beans. Cannellini beans and Great Northern beans are too big for a perfect clone, but if that's all you can find they’ll still work here.

The chicken is made the same way as in my Top Secret Recipe for Chick-fil-A Southwest Chicken Salad—it’s brined for four hours to infuse it with flavor before it gets grilled. Keep that extra prep time in mind when planning your soup.

Chick-fil-A uses natural roasted chicken flavor in their version, and we can do the same by using Better Than Bouillon Roasted Chicken Base found in many stores and online. That particular ingredient will give you the best clone, but if you can’t track it down you can also use regular bouillon cubes.

Top your soup with fried tortilla strips sold in bags or just crumble some of your favorite tortilla chips over the top, and grab a spoon.

This huge chicken chain offers seven delicious dressings to top three salad choices, and this is my current favorite of the bunch. The Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing is best on a Southwestern-style salad like the one on Chick-fil-A’s menu with mixed greens, black beans, corn, spicy chicken, and tortilla strips on top. But it’ll work on just about any mixed greens salad or burrito bowl you come up with at home or use it as a dip for chicken fingers, taquitos, and Southwestern eggrolls.

For a good home clone be sure to smash the avocado until no chunks remain and let the dressing sit for at least an hour before you use it so the dried herbs, onion, and garlic can rehydrate and the flavors can bloom.

Click here for more of my Chick-fil-A copycat recipes.

Menu Description: Tender marinated steak, fire-roasted poblanos, cilantro pesto, yellow onions, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack and fresh cilantro. Served with housemade salsa verde.

One of California Pizza Kitchen’s most popular “globally-inspired” pizzas is this fabulous pie topped with strips of marinated flank steak, cilantro pesto, and fire-roasted poblano pepper. I broke it down and hacked all the parts for you—including the awesome salsa verde that goes on top—so that you can assemble two beautiful pizzas that look and taste like the real thing.

Sometimes deliciousness requires patience, so be sure to plan this clone one day in advance to allow your dough to properly proof and the steak to fully marinate. You can also prep the pesto, salsa verde, and roasted poblano one day in advance so that when it comes time to make pizzas the next day, you just need to cook the carne asada, build the pizzas, and bake.


Slow Cooker Duck Confit

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Duck confit is a staple in many French dishes, from rillettes to cassoulet, but it can be tricky in the oven, where it requires constant attention to ensure that the fat stays at a steady temperature. But making it in a slow cooker is as easy as combining the melted fat and cured duck legs and walking away, only to return a few hours later to meltingly tender, flavorful meat. To serve, shred the meat to use in other dishes, or simply sear the legs skin-side down in a hot pan until golden-brown and crisp, and enjoy with our Braised White Beans with Chard, or our Potato-Parsnip Gratin recipe, and a simple green salad with sharp vinaigrette to cut through the richness.

Game plan: After cooking, the duck fat can be strained, cooled, and used again—try it for frying potatoes, or making our Potato-Turnip Latkes Fried in Duck Fat recipe.

This recipe was featured as part of our “Common Appliances, Uncommon Uses” story.

Instructions

  1. 1 Combine the salt, thyme leaves, bay leaves, peppercorns, and juniper berries in a small bowl and stir to mix thoroughly.
  2. 2 Rinse the duck legs and pat dry with paper towels. Place in a large baking dish and spread the salt rub on all sides, distributing the entire rub evenly over the legs. Cover and place in the refrigerator to cure overnight, at least 12 hours.
  3. 3 When ready to cook the legs, place the duck fat in a slow cooker and melt on high. Rinse the legs under cold water and pat dry. Once the fat has melted, carefully add the legs and cook at a simmer. (Monitor the heat and lower it if the fat is creating more than one or two bubbles every minute.)
  4. 4 Cook until the meat is very tender and pulls away to expose the bones, about 4 hours. Remove the legs from the fat and serve immediately or place on a wire rack to cool. Once the legs and fat have cooled, the legs can be returned to the fat and stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. To use the confit, remove it from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature until the fat has become liquid, about 1 hour.

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About our allergy-friendly menu items: Guests may consult with a chef or special diets trained Cast Member before placing an order. We use reasonable efforts in our sourcing, preparation and handling procedures to avoid the introduction of the named allergens into allergy-friendly menu choices. While we take steps to prevent cross-contact, we do not have separate allergy-friendly kitchens and are unable to guarantee that a menu item is completely free of allergens. Allergy-friendly offerings are reliant on supplier ingredient labels. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of each food item. Allergen advisory statements (e.g., "may contain") are not regulated and therefore not taken into consideration when developing allergy-friendly meals. It is ultimately our Guests' discretion to make an informed choice based upon their individual dietary needs.

Menu items and prices are subject to change without notice.

* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Our plant-based menu items are made without animal meat, dairy, eggs and honey.


Watch the video: Todd English on the Future of Food Halls (November 2021).