Going to restaurants is a fun way to pass the time, have fun with your family outside of the house, and enjoy some really good food while you’re at it. If your family is anything like mine, you eat out a little more than you probably should. Even if you’re designating your dining to relatively inexpensive restaurants, those bills add up. With the help of good people all over the internet, you can now make some of the most iconic items from your favorite restaurants from scratch, all on your own. No boxed mixes or frozen items needed. Just see for yourself!
1. Copycat McDonald’s Big Mac
Even if you hate to admit it, those McDonald’s cravings are absolutely no joke. Not only does this homemade Big Mac look eerily similar to the real thing, but it tastes even better. From the sesame seed buns to the “secret” sauce, this copycat is the perfect way to curb your cravings at home.
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2. Copycat Cracker Barrel Mac and Cheese
Around for almost 50 years, Cracker Barrel has been an extremely popular Southern restaurant and store for a long time. Their mac and cheese is just as iconic as their name. This copycat dish is surprisingly easy to make but tastes so good that you’ll never want to leave it alone.
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3. Copycat IHOP Pancakes
There’s something about IHOP pancakes that make them a little more special. Using less than 10 ingredients, these copycat IHOP pancakes are fluffy, delicious, and absolutely perfect for drenching in maple syrup.
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4. Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits
One of the best parts about visiting Red Lobster is the fact that you get these cheesy, steaming, balls of dough. Now, instead of putting in an order, you can make them right in your kitchen. These copycat Cheddar Bay Biscuits take under 30 minutes to make completely but will be gobbled up in way less time than that.
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5. Copycat Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls
Cheaper, slightly healthier, and way more delicious, these famous appetizers from The Cheesecake Factory are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Instead of traditional egg roll fillings, these are filled with a delicious avocado mixture then deep fried and dipped in a fresh cilantro dipping sauce.
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6. Copycat Olive Garden Lemon Cream Cake
This lemon cream cake is light, fresh, and perfectly reminiscent of its Olive Garden-made twin. Making the cake does involve some special skills and requires a good chunk of an afternoon, but the first bite will transport you right back into one of your favorite Italian restaurants.
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7. Copycat O’Charleys Loaded Baked Potato Soup
It doesn’t matter how hot it is outside, a nice hot bowl of potato soup always hits the spot. This copycat O’Charleys recipe takes a traditional baked potato and turns it into a hearty bowl of soup. Loaded with bacon, cheese, and chives, this dish is the perfect comfort food dish.
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8. Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich
I’ll be honest, this is my favorite recipe on this list. I get cravings for those Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches so often that it’s ridiculous. This recipe allows me to stake those cravings without spending tons of money or feeling guilty for eating out all the time.
You can find this recipe and plenty more at Damn Delicious.