Wendy’s Mandarin Chicken Salad

Sesame Dressing:
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
2 tablespoons pineapple juice
4 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
dash garlic powder
dash pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds

Mandarin Chicken Salad
4 chicken breast fillet
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
dash garlic powder
dash pepper
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 (10 ounce) package ready-to-serve salad or 4 cups torn iceberg lettuce
4 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
1 1/3 cup canned mandarin orange wedges
1 cup rice noodles
1 cup roasted sliced almonds

1. Blend the first 14 sesame dressing ingredients (excluding vegetable oil and sesame seeds) in a blender on high. Gradually add in vegetable oil and sesame seeds and blend for a few seconds. Set dressing aside in refrigerator to chill.
2. Rub each chicken breast fillet with oil, then lightly season each piece with salt and pepper. Grill chicken over medium heat until done. Chill chicken breasts in refrigerator until cold.
3. Once chicken is cold, the next step is to build each salad. Place the iceberg lettuce in a salad bowl and add the red leaf lettuce on top.
4. Dice each chicken breast into small pieces and sprinkle the pieces over each salad.
5. Arrange about 1/3 cup of mandarin orange wedges on each salad. Next, sprinkle about 1/4 cup of rice noodles and 1/4 cup of almonds on top of each salad. Add sesame dressing and serve.
Serves 4

Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls

Chili's Southwestern Eggrolls

The closest thing you'll ever savor next to actually
eating the real thing. These "eggrolls" are made with
flour tortillas, stuffed with a spicy blend of corn,
green onions, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers,
monterey jack cheese and spices. When you add the creamy
avocado ranch dipping sauce, you're tastebuds will begin
to party. Make these several hours before you plan to serve
them so that they can freeze solid before frying. This will
help to make the outside a dark golden brown, and the
eggrolls will stay folded without letting any oil seep into
the filling. This is how they cook 'em at the restaurant
chain.

1 chicken breast fillet
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
2 tablespoons minced green onion
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons frozen spinach, thawed and drained
2 tablespoons diced, canned jalapeno peppers
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
five 7-inch flour tortillas

Avocado-ranch dipping sauce
1/4 cup smashed, fresh avocado (about half of an avocado)
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried parsley
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
dash dried dill weed
dash garlic powder
dash pepper

Garnish
2 tablespoons chopped tomato
1 tablespoon chopped onion

1. Preheat barbecue grill to high heat.
2. Rub the chicken breast with some vegetable oil then grill
it on the barbecue for 4 to 5 minutes per side or until done.
Lightly salt and pepper each side of the chicken while it cooks.
Set chicken aside until it cools down enough to handle.
3. Preheat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a medium-size skillet
over medium-high heat.
4. Add the red pepper and onion to the pan and sauté for a couple
minutes until tender.
5. Dice the cooked chicken into small cubes and add it to the pan.
Add the corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, parsley,
cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to the pan. Cook
for another 4 minutes. Stir well so that the spinach separates
and is incorporated into the mixture.
6. Remove the pan from the heat and add the cheese. Stir until the
cheese is melted.
7. Wrap the tortillas in a moist cloth and microwave on high
temperature for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot.
8. Spoon approximately one-fifth of the mixture into the center
of a tortilla. Fold in the ends and then roll the tortilla over
the mixture. Roll the tortilla very tight, then pierce with a
toothpick to hold together. Repeat with the remaining ingredients
until you have five eggrolls. Arrange the eggrolls on a plate,
cover the plate with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Overnight is best.
9. While the eggrolls freeze prepare the avocado-ranch dipping
sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
10. Preheat 4-6 cups of oil to 375 degrees.
11. Deep fry the eggrolls in the hot oil for 12-15 minutes and
remove to paper towels or a rack to drain for about 2 minutes.
12. Slice each eggroll diagonally lengthwise and arrange on a
plate around a small bowl of the dipping sauce. Garnish the
dipping sauce with the chopped tomato and onion.

Serves 3-4


Boston Market® Meatloaf

If you already have a recipe that claims to be a clone for this delicious meatloaf...you can now
toss it out, purge if from your hard drive, burn all hard copies.

No clone recipe that I've found yet -- and there are several circulating -- has come even close to the tender, tasty meatloaf you can get from this popular chain. Don't be fooled! To make a REAL clone, first thing you've got to do is use ground sirloin, just as the restaurant chain does. And then you need to know how to make the special sauce that goes into the meatloaf and on top (no it's not ketchup and it's not V8). And there's no minced onion in there (just look at it!), or onion soup mix for that matter. So, search no more for the perfect clone of Boston Market's tasty meatloaf. You've now got the result of days and days of vigorous testing. Even if you don't normally enjoy meatloaf, this one you'll be a cravin'.

In the early 90s Boston Chicken was on a roll. The home meal replacement chain's stock was soaring and the lines were filled with hungry customers waiting to sink their teeth into a serving of the chain's delicious rotisserie chicken. So successful was the chain with chicken, that the company quickly decided it was time to introduce other entrée selections, the first of which was a delicious barbecue sauce-covered ground sirloin meatloaf. But offering the other entrées presented the company with a dilemma: what to do about the name. The bigwigs decided it was time to change the name to Boston Market, to reflect a wider menu. That meant replacing signs on hundreds of units and retooling the marketing campaigns. That name change, plus rapid expansion of the chain and growth of other similar home-style meal concepts sent the company into a tailspin. By 1988, Boston Market's goose was cooked: the company filed for bankruptcy. Soon McDonald's stepped in to purchase the company, with the idea of closing many of the stores for good, and slapping Golden Arches on the rest. But that plan was scrapped when, after selling many of the under-performing Boston Markets, the chain began to fly once again. Within a year of the acquisition Boston Market was profitable, and those meals with the home-cooked taste are still being served at over 700 Boston Market restaurants across the country.

Ingredients:
1 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Kraft original barbecue sauce
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin (10 percent fat)
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
dash garlic powder

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Combine the tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, and sugar in
a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat the mixture until
it begins to bubble, stirring often, then remove it from
the heat.

3. In a large bowl, add all but 2 tablespoons of the tomato
sauce to the meat. Use a large wooden spoon or your hands to
work the sauce into the meat until it is very well combined.

4. Combine the remaining ingredients with the groundsirloin - flour, salt, onion powder, ground pepper, and garlic powder. Use the wooden spoon or your hands to work the spices and flour into the meat.

5. Load the meat into a loaf pan (preferably a meatloaf pan with two sections that allows the fat to drain, but if you don't have one of those a regular loaf pan will work). Wrap
foil over the pan and place it into the oven for 30 minutes.

6. After 30 minutes, take the meatloaf from the oven, remove the foil and, if you aren't using a meatloaf pan, drain the fat.

7. Using a knife, slice the meatloaf all the way through into 8 slices while it is still in the pan. This will help to cook the center of the meatloaf. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of sauce over the top of the meatloaf, in a stream down the center. Don't spread the sauce.

8. Place the meatloaf back into the oven, uncovered, for 25 - 30 minutes or until it is done.

Remove and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Serves 4.

Hard Rock Cafe® Tupelo Style Chicken

The world's most famous theme restaurant pays tribute to the
birthplace of Elvis Presley with this chicken finger appetizer
dish, and two tasty dipping sauces. It's probably best they
chose to name the dish after a city, rather than after the King
himself. "Elvis Style Chicken" sounds like a concoction that
should include bananas, peanut butter and bacon grease.

4 to 6 cups vegetable oil

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
2 teaspoons honey
pinch paprika

Apricot Dipping Sauce
2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon apricot preserves
2 tablespoons honey

1 cup corn flake crumbs
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
dash garlic
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 pound chicken breast fillets

1. Preheat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees.
2. Make the honey mustard dipping sauce by combining the
ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate. Make the
apricot dipping sauce by combing those ingredients in a medium
bowl. Cover and refrigerate this sauce as well, until your chicken
is ready.
3. Prepare the breading by combining the corn flake crumbs, crushed
red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, paprika, onion
powder, and garlic in a medium bowl.
4. Beat the egg in a medium bowl, add the 1 cup of milk and stir.

5. Pour the flour into another medium bowl.
6. Slice each chicken breast lengthwise into strips approximately
1/2-inch wide.
7. When the oil is hot, bread your chicken by first coating each
strip with flour. Dip the chicken into the egg/milk mixture and
then back into the flour. Dip each chicken strip back in the egg/milk
mixture and then in the corn flake crumb mixture. Be sure to coat
each chicken piece thoroughly with the corn flake crumbs.
8. Fry 6 to 8 coated chicken strips at a time in the oil for 4 to 5
minutes or until the chicken is golden brown. Drain and serve
chicken with the dipping sauces on the side.
Serves 6 to 8 as an appetizer




Roadhouse Grill® Roadhouse Cheese Wraps

You'll find the original version of this delectable Roadhouse Grill signature item in the "starters" section of the menu. It's a variation on the popular fried cheese sticks appetizers with spicy jalapeno peppers in the middle, all wrapped in large spring roll wrappers before frying. The marinara sauce on the side is perfect for dipping this tasty cheesy tidbit. To save time -- and we all like that -- you can use any of your favorite marinara pasta
sauces (such as Ragu) for dipping so you won't have to whip it up from scratch.

8 thin slices monterey jack cheese
8 thin slices cheddar cheese
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon minced fresh chives
4 large spring roll wrappers
1 beaten egg
6 to 10 cups vegetable oil

On the side
Marinara (pasta) sauce
Slice the cheese real thin, add peppers and chives, roll
it all up and give it a good squeeze before wrapping

1. Use a sharp knife to make 8 thin slices each from the
end of standard-size hunks of cheddar and monterey jack cheeses.

2. Arrange 2 slices of cheddar and 2 slices of jack on your hand,
then sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of diced jalapeno on top of the

cheese. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of minced chives on next. Sandwich


the peppers and chives between the cheese and roll it all up.
Fold the cheese and squeeze it all together so that the peppers
and chives are well sealed into the middle of the cheeses.
3. Lay a spring roll wrapper with one corner pointing away from
you. Arrange the cheese lengthwise on the center of the wrapper.
4. Fold one of the side corners over the cheese filling. Brush a
little beaten egg on the tip of the other side corner and fold it
over the first corner so that it sticks. Brush some beaten egg on
the corner pointing away from you. Fold the bottom corner up and
over the filling. Roll the wrapper up, keeping it tight, until it
rolls over the top corner with the egg on it. It should stick.
Repeat with the remaining rolls, then cover them all and chill
for at least 30 minutes. This will be long enough to heat up the
oil in a deep fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees.
5. When the oil is hot, fry the rolls for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes or
until the outside is golden brown. Drain the rolls on a rack or
paper towels for 2 minutes before serving with your favorite
marinara sauce on the side for dipping.
Serves 2.



Starbucks® Frappuccino®

Here's one that I get requests for all of the time, and that you won't yet find in any book. This is a clone for Starbuck's "Lowfat Creamy Blend of Coffee & Milk" that you can now find in the all-too-puny 9 1/2-ounce bottles in most stores. Those little bottles will set you back at least a buck, but this Top Secret Recipes version costs a mere fraction of that. Plus, the recipe actually makes enough that you can get a pretty major caffeine buzz. Then, when you get down to the "Tidbits" I'll tell you how to clone espresso with a standard drip machine and ground coffee. Cool!

1/2 cup fresh espresso
2 1/2 cups lowfat milk (2 percent)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon dry pectin*

Combine all of the ingredients in a pitcher or covered container.
Stir or shake until sugar is dissolved. Chill and serve cold.
Makes 24 ounces.

Tidbits

To make the "Mocha" variety:
Add a pinch (1/16 teaspoon) of cocoa powder to the mixture before
combining.

To fake espresso with a drip coffee maker and standard grind of
coffee:
Use 1/3 cup ground coffee and 1 cup of water.
Brew once then run coffee through machine again, same grounds.
Makes about 1/2 cup fresh espresso to use in the above recipe.
Run a pot of water through machine, without grounds, to clean.

*This is a natural thickener found in fruits that is used for
canning. You can find it in the supermarket near the canning
supplies. It is used in this recipe to make the drink thicker
and creamier, and can be found in the original recipe. It does
not add to the flavor and can be excluded if you don't care so
much about duplicating the texture of the real thing.



T.G.I. Friday's® Broccoli Cheese Soup

So good, and yet so easy. Now you can recreate this one at
home just by tossing a few items into a saucepan. Try to find
one of the large cartons of chicken stock at your store --
there's a perfect four cups of broth in there. Use Swanson
brand if your store carries it. One bunch of broccoli should
provide enough florets for this baby. Just cut the broccoli
into bite-size pieces using a sharp knife. Use only the
florets and ditch the stem.

4 cups chicken broth
1 cup water
1 cup half & half
4 slices Kraft Cheddar Singles
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 cups broccoli florets (bite-size)

Garnish
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley

1. Combine chicken broth, water, half & half, cheese, flour,
onion and pepper in a large saucepan. Whisk to combine and
to break up any lumps of flour, then turn heat to medium/high.
2. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low.
3. Add broccoli to soup and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until
broccoli is tender but not soft.
4. For each serving spoon one cup of soup into a bowl and garnish
with a tablespoon of shredded cheese and a pinch of parsley.
Makes 6 servings.




The Soup Nazi's® Indian Mulligatawny Soup

4 quarts water (16 cups)
6 cups chicken stock
2 potatoes, peeled & sliced
2 carrots, peeled & sliced
2 stalks celery, with tops
2 cups peeled & diced eggplant (about 1/2 of an eggplant)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup frozen yellow corn
2/3 cup canned roasted red pepper, diced
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup roasted cashews
1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
dash marjoram
dash nutmeg

1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot over high heat.
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 hours
or until soup has reduced by more than half, and is thick and
brownish in color. It should have the consistency of chili.
Stir occasionally for the first few hours, but stir often in
the last hour. The edges of the potatoes should become more
rounded, and the nuts will soften. Serve hot.
Makes 4-6 servings.




IHOP Country Griddle Cakes

IHOP Country Griddle Cakes

This nationwide chain, which is known for it's big bargain breakfasts, serves an impressive number of non-breakfast items as well. In 1997, I.H.O.P. dished out over 6 million pounds of french fries and over half a million gallons of soft drinks. But it's the Country Griddle Cakes on the breakfast menu that inspired this Top Secret Restaurant Recipe. The unique flavor and texture of this clone comes from the Cream of Wheat in the batter. Now you can have your pancakes, and eat your cereal too.

Ingredients:
nonstick spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/3 cup instant Cream of Wheat (dry)
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Preheat a skillet over medium heat. Apply nonstick spray.

2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl with a mixer set on
high speed. Mix until smooth.

3. Pour the batter by 1/3-cup portions into the hot pan and cook
pancakes for 1-2 minutes per side or until brown. Repeat with
remaining batter.

Makes 8-10 pancakes.




The Soup Nazi's® Crab Bisque

4 pounds snow crab clusters (legs)
4 quarts water (16 cups)
1 small onion, chopped
1 1/2 stalks celery, chopped
2 cloves garlic, quartered
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley
2 teaspoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon chopped pimento
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons half and half
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon marjoram

1. Remove all the crab meat from the shells and set it aside.
2. Put half of the shells into a large pot with 4 quarts of
water over high heat. Add onion 1 stalk of chopped celery,
and garlic, then bring mixture to a boil. Continue to boil
for 1 hour, stirring occasionally (The white part of the shells
will start to become transparent), then strain stock. Discard
the shells, onion, celery and garlic, keeping only the stock.
3. Measure 3 quarts (12 cups) of the stock into a large sauce
pan or cooking pot. If you don't have enough stock, add enough
water to make 3 quarts.
4. Add potatoes, bring mixture to a boil, then add 1/2 of the
crab and the remaining ingredients to the pot and bring it
back to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours, uncovered
until it reduces by about half and starts to thicken. Add the
remaining crab and simmer for another hour until the soup is
very thick.
Makes 4-6 servings.





Benihana Japanese Fried Rice

Benihana Japanese Fried Rice

When 20-year-old Rocky Aoki came to the New York City
from Japan with his wrestling team in 1959 he was
convinced it was the land of opportunity. Just five
years later he took $10,000 he had saved plus another
$20,000 that he borrowed to open a Benihana steakhouse
on the West side of Manhattan. His concept of bringing
the chefs out from the back kitchen to prepare the food
in front of customers on a specially designed hibachi
grill was groundbreaking. The restaurant was such a smashing
success that it paid for itself within six months.
Here's a clone recipe for the fried rice at Banihana
that is prepared by chefs with pre-cooked rice on those
open hibachi grills.


4 cups cooked converted or parboiled rice (1 cup uncooked)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 tablespoons finely grated carrot
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup diced onion (1/2 small onion)
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
salt
pepper

1. Cook rice following instructions on package (Bring 2 cups
water to a boil, add rice and a dash of salt, reduce heat
and simmer in covered saucepan for 20 minutes). Pour rice into
a large bowl to let it cool in the refrigerator.
2. Scramble the eggs in a small pan over medium heat. Separate
the scrambled chunks of egg into small pea-size bits while
cooking.
3. When rice has cooled to near room temperature, add peas,
grated carrot, scrambled egg and diced onion to the bowl.
Carefully toss all of the ingredients together.
4. Melt 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan over
medium/high heat.
5. When butter has completely melted, dump the bowl of rice and
other ingredients into the pan and add soy sauce plus a dash of
salt and pepper. Cook rice for 6-8 minutes over heat, stirring
often
Serves 4.

Tidbits

This fried rice can be prepared ahead of time by cooking the rice,
then adding the peas, carrots and egg plus half of the soy sauce.
Keep this refrigerated until you are ready to fry it in the butter.
That's when you add the salt, pepper and remaining soy sauce.


Chili's® Boneless Buffalo Wings

This clone of Chili's new menu items gives us the zesty flavor of traditional Buffalo chicken wings without the bones or skin. That's because these "wings" are actually nuggets sliced from chicken breast fillets that are breaded and fried, then smothered with the same type of spicy wing sauce used on typical wings. If you
like Buffalo wings, you'll love this recipe. Serve these babies up with some celery sticks and bleu cheese dressing on the side for dipping. Now you can actually eat Buffalo wings with a fork!

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 chicken breast fillets
4-6 cups vegetable oil
1/4 cup Crystal or Frank's Louisiana hot sauce
1 tablespoon margarine

On the side
bleu cheese dressing (for dipping)
celery sticks

1. Combine flour, salt, peppers and paprika in a medium bowl.
2. In another small bowl, whisk together egg and milk.
3. Slice each chicken breast into 6 pieces. Preheat 4-6 cups
of vegetable oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees.
4. One or two at a time, dip each piece of chicken into the
egg mixture, then into the breading blend; then repeat the
process so that each piece of chicken is double-coated.
5. When all chicken pieces have been breaded, arrange them on
a plate and chill for 15 minutes.
6. When the chicken is done resting, drop each piece into the
hot oil and fry for 5-6 minutes or until each piece is browned.
7. As chicken fries, combine the hot sauce and margarine in a
small bowl. Microwave sauce for 20-30 seconds or just until the
margarine is melted, then stir to combine. You can also use a
small saucepan for this step. Just combine the hot sauce and
margarine in the saucepan over low heat and stir until margarine
is melted and ingredients are blended.
8. When chicken pieces are done frying, remove them to a plate
lined with a couple paper towels.
9. Place the chicken pieces into a covered container such as a
large jar with a lid. Pour the sauce over the chicken in the
container, cover, and then shake gently until each piece of chicken
is coated with sauce. Pour the chicken onto a plate and serve
the dish with bleu cheese dressing and sliced celery on the side.
Serves 2-4 as an appetizer.




The Soup Nazi's® Cream of Sweet Potato Soup

Ingredients:
4 sweet potatoes (about 1 pound each)
8 cups water
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons half and half
2 teaspoons salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
dash thyme
1 cup cashews (split in half)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake the sweet potatoes for 45 minutes or until they are soft. Cool the potatoes until they can be handled.

2. Peel away the skin, then put the potatoes into a large bowl. Mash the potatoes for 15-20 seconds, but you don't need to mash them until they are entirely smooth.

3. Spoon the mashed sweet potato into a large saucepan over medium/high heat, add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

4. When the soup begins to boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 50-60 minutes. Cashews should be soft. Serve hot with an attitude.

Makes 6-8 servings.



K.C. Masterpiece® Original Barbecue Sauce

The taste of Original K. C. Masterpiece barbecue sauce is the same as when it was first created in good ole' Kansas City, USA. This is the sauce that steals awards from all the other popular slathers on the market. It's now even sold in a variety of flavors. But this is the clone for the original, and you'll find it very easy to make. Just throw all of the ingredients in a saucepan, crank it up to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Done deal. And just like the original Masterpiece, this stuff will make a work of art out of any of your grilled meats, or burgers and sandwiches; and as a dipping sauce or marinade.

2 cups water
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup vinegar
3 tablespoons molasses
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over high heat
and whisk until smooth.
2. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 45
to 60 minutes or until mixture is thick.
3. Cool, then store in a covered container in the refrigerator
overnight so that flavors can develop.
Makes 1 1/2 cups.


Tidbits
Liquid smoke is a flavoring found near the barbecue sauces and
marinades. Use hickory-flavored liquid smoke if you have a choice.



Taco Bell® Burrito Supreme®

To copy Taco Bell's most famous burrito at home you first
must assemble the meaty foundation of many of the chain's
top selling products: The spiced ground beef. Toss it
and seven other tasty ingredients into a large flour tortilla
and fold using the same technique as taught to new recruits to
the chain. If you like a bit of heat, throw on some of the
hot sauce from the Taco Bell Fire Border Sauce clone recipe.

1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
dash garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1 16-ounce can refried beans
8 10-inch flour tortillas
1/2 cup enchilada sauce
3/4 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced yellow onion

1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef with the flour,
chili powder, salt, minced onion, paprika, onion powder, and
garlic powder. Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients
into the ground beef.
2. Add the seasoned beef mixture to the water in a skillet over
medium heat. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula, and break
up the meat as it cooks. Heat for 5 to 6 minutes, or until browned.
The finished product should be very smooth, somewhat pasty,
with no large chunks of beef remaining.
3. Heat up the refried beans in a covered container in the microwave
set on high temperature for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.
4. Place the flour tortillas on a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
Heat the tortillas for 30 to 45 seconds in the microwave on high
temperature.
5. Build each burrito by first spreading about 1/4 cup of refried
beans on the center of a heated flour tortilla. Spread one-eighth
of the meat mixture over the beans, then pour about a tablespoon of
the enchilada sauce over the meat.
6. Stir the sour cream well, so that it is smoother, then spread
about 1 1/2 tablespoons onto the burrito. Arrange some of the
lettuce, cheese, tomato, and onion onto the tortilla, and then
you're ready to roll.
7. Fold the end of the tortilla closest to you over the filling
ingredients. Fold either the left or right end over next. Then
fold the top edge over the filling. You will be leaving one end
of the burrito open and unfolded. Repeat with the remaining
ingredients and serve immediately.
Makes 8 burritos.




The Soup Nazi's® Mexican Chicken Chili

1 pound chicken breast fillets (4 fillets)
1 tablespoon olive oil
10 cups water
2 cups chicken stock
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 potato, peeled & chopped
1 small onion, diced
1 cup frozen yellow corn
1/2 carrot, sliced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 cup canned diced tomatoes
1 15-ounce can red kidney beans, plus liquid
1/4 cup diced canned pimento
1 jalapeno, diced
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash cayenne pepper
dash basil
dash oregano

On the side
Sour cream
Pinch chopped Italian parsley

1. Sauté the chicken breasts in the olive oil in a large pot
over medium/high heat. Cook the chicken on both side until
done -- about 7-10 minutes per side. Cool the chicken until
it can be handled. Do not rinse the pot.
2. Shred the chicken by hand into bite-sizes pieces and place
the pieces back into the pot.
3. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and turn heat to
high. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for
4-5 hours. Stir mixture often so that many of the chicken pieces
shred into much smaller bits. Chili should reduce substantially
to thicken and darken (less orange, more brown) when done.
4. Combine some chopped Italian parsley with sour cream and serve
it on the side for topping the chili, if desired.
Makes 4-6 servings.




Lone Star Steakhouse Chili

Lone Star Steakhouse Chili

When the weather gets cold it's time to fire up the stovetop. This chain makes a tasty chili that warms the bones on a nippy fall day. This clone recipe is easy-to-make, low-fat and delicious.

And if it's super brisk outside, you might want to add an additional tablespoon of diced jalapeno to aggressively stoke those internal flames.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 diced onion
1 tablespoon diced fresh jalapeno pepper
1 15-ounce can kidney beans with liquid
1 14.5-ounce can peeled diced tomatoes
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf

Garnish:
grated cheddar cheese
diced onion
canned whole jalapeno chili peppers
Hot enough for you?

Directions:
1. Brown ground beef in a large saucepan over medium heat. Drain fat.
2. Add onion and pepper and sauté for about two minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, stirring
occasionally. Serve one cup in a bowl with the optional cheese,
diced onion and whole jalapeno garnish on top.

Makes 4 servings.



Tony Roma's® Baked Potato Soup

"A house specialty full of baked potatoes and topped with Cheddar cheese, bacon and green onions."

The thick-and-creamy texture and rich taste of Tony Roma's best-selling soup can be easily cloned with basic ingredients.
This version is thickened with a little flour, some half-and-half and, most notably, instant mashed potatoes.

Give yourself an hour to bake the potatoes and around 30 minutes to prepare the soup.

Garnish each serving with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and green onions and youwill  have a home kitchen Tony Roma's recreation that will surely impress.

Ingredients:
2 medium potatoes (about 2 cups chopped)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced white onion
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups instant mashed potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1 cup half and half

Garnish:
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
2 green onions, chopped (green part only)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake the potatoes or 1 hour or until done. When potatoes have cooked remove them from the oven to cool.

2. As potatoes cool prepare soup by melting butter in a large saucepan, and sauté onion until light brown. Add the flour to the onions and stir to make a roux.

3. Add stock, water, cornstarch, mashed potatoes, and spices to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out contents with a large spoon. Discard skin. Chop baked potato with a large knife to make chunks that are about 1/2-inch in size.

5. Add chopped baked potato and half-and-half to the saucepan, bring soup back to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the soup for another 15 minutes or until it is thick.

6. Spoon about 1 1/2 cups of soup into a bowl and top with about a tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese, a half tablespoon of crumbled bacon and a teaspoon or so of chopped green onion.

Repeat for remaining servings.

Serves 6 to 8.



Olive Garden's Chicken Scampi

* 5 to 6 quarts water
* 16 ounces angel hair pasta
* 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) olive oil
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
* 12 chicken tenderloins
* 1 sweet green pepper, cut into bite-size strips
* 1 sweet red pepper, cut into bite-size strips
* 1 sweet yellow pepper, cut into bite-size strips
* 1 red onion, chopped
* 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, for garnish
* Freshly grated parmesan cheese, for serving

For the Scampi Sauce:

* 3 tablespoons butter
* 2 tablespoons chopped yellow onion
* 1/4 cup minced garlic
* 1 1/2 cups chablis wine (white wine)
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
* 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
* 1 cup heavy cream

Prepare the Scampi Sauce: Place a large skillet over medium-low heat. Melt the butter, add the yellow onion and saute for 2-4 minutes or until the onion begins to brown. Add the garlic and saute for another 30 seconds. Do not let the garlic brown.

Add the wine, salt, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook for 15-18 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.

Add 2 teaspoons minced parsley and the heavy cream and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes. Do not let the mixture boil.

Bring the 5-6 quarts water to boiling in a large pot. Add the angel hair pasta and cook for 4 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Drain and run the pasta under cold water so it doesn't stick.

If preparing all 4 servings, divide the olive oil between 2 skillets and place over medium heat. Measure the flour into a large bowl. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken tenderloins, then coat each in the flour. Arrange the tenderloins on a plate before you saute them. Place 6 tenderloins in each skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes on one side, or until golden brown.

When the chicken is brown on one side, flip each piece and move them to the side of the pans. Add an even amount of sliced sweet peppers and red onion to the center of each skillet. Continue cooking the chicken and vegetables for 4-6 minutes, or until the chicken is browned and the vegetables are beginning to brown on the edges.

Divide the sauce in half and pour it over the chicken and other ingredients in each pan. Add half the pasta to each pan, then toss everything a bit and continue to cook for a couple of minutes.

Prepare each dish by placing equal amounts of pasta onto each of 4 plates. Use a spoon or tongs to add peppers and onion on top of each pile of pasta. Arrange 3 chicken tenderloins onto the center of the pasta.

Sprinkle each plate with about 1/2 teaspoon minced parsley. Serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Makes 4 servings.

Shoney’s Pot Roast

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 lbs. rump roast - trimmed of fat
2 stalks celery - chopped
1 large onion - chopped
3 cloves garlic - minced
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
2 cups beef broth
20 whole peppercorns
1 whole bay leaf
1/2 tablespoon salt
2 carrots - sliced
2 potatoes - peeled, cubed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1. Brown roast in butter in Dutch oven, then remove meat from Dutch oven.
2. Sauté in celery, onion, garlic, parsley, and thyme in Dutch oven for 5 minutes, then return meat to Dutch oven.
3. Add the beef broth, peppercorns, bay leaf, and salt to Dutch oven and bake in a 325 degree oven, covered, for 4 hours, basting every 1/2 hour.
4. Remove roast from Dutch oven.
5. Strain stock into bowl; discard vegetables.
6. Using 2 forks, shred roast into bite-size pieces.
7. Pour reserved stock over beef in Dutch oven.
8. Add carrots, potatoes, and salt to Dutch oven and bake in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes.
9. Drain stock from Dutch oven and add enough beef broth to stock to make 3 cups.
10. Whisk stock and flour together in saucepan and simmer until thick.
11. Pour gravy over meat and vegetables.
Serves 8