Saturday, March 19, 2016

5 Crazy-Good Copycat Recipes from Your Favorite Restaurants

Sometimes I find myself returning to the same restaurant for the same dish over and over again. That's when I know it's time to try it out in my own kitchen. From CPK's Thai Crunch Salad to Starbucks' Pumpkin Scones, these copycat recipes are just as good as their restaurant versions -- if not better.

1. Thai Crunch Salad with Peanut Dressing (California Pizza Kitchen)


Inspired by the popular Thai Crunch Salad served at California Pizza Kitchen, this salad is made with crisp Napa cabbage, crunchy vegetables and edamame. But it's the creamy peanut dressing that makes it so good -- I guarantee you'll want to put it on everything! GET THE RECIPE

2. Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Pumpkin Glaze (Starbucks)


Based on the popular copycat recipe for Starbucks' pumpkin scones that's all over the Internet, these scones are packed with pumpkin flavor and heavily spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. The pumpkin glaze is the finishing touch: it adds just the right amount of sweetness and enhances the pumpkin flavor. GET THE RECIPE

3. Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette (Chipotle Mexican Grill)


I love Chipotle's Chipotle Honey Vinaigrette so I came up with this copycat version by fiddling around with the ingredients listed on the Chipotle website. It tastes almost identical to the original. GET THE RECIPE

4. Chicken Tortilla Soup (Tommy Bahama's)


A silky purée of vegetables, corn tortillas and spices with tender chunks of grilled chicken and crushed tortilla chips over top -- this recipe is a copycat of the delicious tortilla soup served at Tommy Bahama Cafe in Lido Key, FL. GET THE RECIPE

5. Coconut Dream Pie (The Capital Grille)


This dessert is my husband's all-time favorite, and the folks over at The Capital Grille were nice enough to share the recipe with me. With a coconut-scented cookie crust and creamy coconut custard, all covered in whipped cream and heaps of toasted coconut, it really is dream-worthy. GET THE RECIPE

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