By Abby Humphreys
It goes without saying that restaurant food is typically better quality than anything we could ever hope to cook at home, but eating out daily is become an expensive habit to keep. However, compromising by making your favorite restaurant dishes with ingredients you already have at home saves money without sacrificing taste. Gain confidence in the kitchen by trying out a few of these “copycat” recipes below.
1. Broccoli Cheddar Soup (Panera Bread)
There are no magic ingredients—just broccoli, onion, chicken stock and sharp cheddar cheese. This recipe makes eight servings, so it can easily be saved for later and reheated for a quick lunch or dinner.
2. Cheddar Bay Biscuits (Red Lobster)
Instead of going to the trouble of creating biscuit dough from scratch, this recipe saves time by cheating with Bisquick pre-made mix. The only additional ingredients are garlic powder and creamy cheddar cheese. Find the recipe here.
3. Buttermilk pancakes (IHOP)
Pancake batter is incredibly simple to make and takes less than five minutes to whip together. For just cents on the dollar, dozens of pancakes (and several unique topping options) can feed an entire houseful of people. Find the recipe at Food.com.
4. Chicken Sandwich (Chick-Fil-A)
Dill pickle juice is the secret to creating Chick-Fil-A’s signature chicken flavor, according to this recipe from Damn Delicious. (Don’t forget to try this homemade version of Chick-Fil-A sauce to complete the meal.)
5. Sundried Tomato Fettuccine (Cheesecake Factory)
Cheesecake Factory isn’t exactly known for offering the most weight-conscious meals, but this recipe is healthier than the restaurant’s version of the dish and contains only basic ingredients you can find at any grocery store. Click here for the recipe.
6. Sirloin Spice Rub (Outback Steakhouse)
A meal at Outback can cost upwards of $20 per person, but the price is easily half that when cooking at home. Outback boasts that its sirloin spice rub is secret, but this recipe recreates it to a T.