24 Copycat Recipes for Your Favorite Restaurant Appetizers
Stick to your budget by making your favorite restaurant appetizers at home. Here’s how.
Inspired by: Red Robin Fried Pickle Nickels
Like deep-fried pickles? You’ll love this un-fried version even more. Dill pickle spears are coated with panko bread crumbs and spices, then baked until crispy. Dip them with ranch dressing for an appetizer you won’t soon forget.—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don't miss these McDonald's copycat recipes.
Inspired by: Buffalo Wild Wings Ultimate Nachos
I modified a nachos recipe I found, and my family loves it! It is now a regular at our dinner table. —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
Inspired by: Rock Bottom Ball Park Pretzels
My husband, friends, and family love these soft, chewy pretzels. Let your machine mix the dough, then all you have to do is shape and bake these fun snacks. —Sherry Peterson, Fort Collins, Colorado
Inspired by: Red Lobster Fried Oysters
I love nothing more than a cold beer and a shucked oyster, so when my partners and I opened Saw’s Juke Joint in Birmingham, Alabama, we wanted to add them to the menu. We love making them, we love serving them, and our guests love eating them. —Taylor Hicks, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Spinach Artichoke Dip
Whenever I go to an event, I’m always asked to bring this hot dip. Five types of cheese make it a standout and oh-so delicious. I love its party-ready convenience— I serve it straight from the slow cooker, so set-up and clean-up are a breeze! —Noelle Myers, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Inspired by: Maggiano's Little Italy Bruschetta Bar Tour
You won’t believe the compliments you'll receive when you greet guests with these warm appetizers. Every crispy bite offers the savory tastes of feta cheese, tomatoes, basil, and garlic. They’re terrific for holiday parties or most any gathering. —Stacey Rinehart, Eugene, Oregon
Inspired by: Benihana Spicy Edamame
Edamame (pronounced ay-duh-MAH-may) are young soybeans in their pods. In our Test Kitchen, we boiled and seasoned them with salt, ginger, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here are recipes that make vegetables taste like candy.
Inspired by: BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Crisp Potato Skins Platter
It’s easy to love these delicious appetizers. They’re nice to serve outside when you invite friends over for a grilled meal. They remind me of the potato skins I have had in restaurants—only better! —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland
Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Fried Macaroni and Cheese
I created this recipe for my husband, who loves mac and cheese. He describes this recipe as “unbelievably delicious” because of the crispy deep-fried coating and the creamy richness on the inside.—Shirley Rickis, Lady Lake, Florida. This is why the Cheesecake Factory menu is so long.
Inspired by: Noodles & Company Korean BBQ Meatballs
For big parties, I make glazed meatballs and deliver them in the slow cooker. That way they’re spicy, sweet, and ready to eat. —Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida