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Mongolian Beef + Other Copycat Recipes

Yesterday I mentioned the PF Chang's Mongolian Beef copycat recipe that I made for us Saturday night. This dish was seriously yummy. You can view the recipe HERE. I got the idea from Natasha, who posted about it for Five on Friday! One note if you are a frugal grocery shopper like me: the two pounds of flank steak that I purchased for the recipe cost right around $25. Not the cheapest. So the next time I make this will be when I spot that flank steak on sale. :)



Pretty, right? And it was so tasty. 

We ate it with a sauteed red pepper and some easy roasted peanut noodles that were great. Gourmet? No. But stupid-simple and, therefore, perfect for a Saturday night? YES! 



I remember the first time I ever found a "copycat" recipe ... it was for a Starbucks Frappucino. I felt like I was harboring some sort of trade secret, like someone had done all of this work to develop a total replica of the utterly amazing Starbie's Frap. I don't even like frappucinos, mind you. But I thought it was the coolest thing, owning that recipe. Now, thanks largely in part to Pinterest, finding copycat versions of your favorite restaurant meals is easier than ever. 

Here are some other copycat recipes that I'd like to try soon.




Bang Bang Shrimp

Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad (love this salad!)

Luau Salad


Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits - These copycat biscuits are so easy to make in just 20 min, and they taste a million times better!

Do you cook any copycat recipes? I'd love to hear if you've found any winners. 

(PS: make that beef recipe!)

24 comments:

  1. omgg i need to try those biscuits! that is my favorite part about red lobster ahha xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. Hey Liz!

    Love reading your blog - especially today's post about copycat recipes!

    I'm all about recreating my favorites at home and have blogged about a few! You can check them out here:

    http://robynshobbies.blogspot.com/2014/06/quinoa-apple-salad.html

    http://robynshobbies.blogspot.com/2013/12/robyn-recreates-olive-garden-favorites.html

    http://robynshobbies.blogspot.com/2013/11/elina-and-robyn-makechinese-food.html

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  3. I am loving all these copy cat recipes! Those biscuits look heavenly! Xo, Stephanie

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  4. OH my goodness! Making this recipe!!!

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  5. Outback Mac n Cheese is spot on and yummy!! I use gluten free noodles.

    http://www.pinterest.com/pin/70931762851124311/

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  6. Bang bang shrimp from Bonefish is the BEST!!! Yay for copy cat recipes!

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  7. We made tge copycat Nantucket Cod from Red Lobster last night and it was beyond delish!!

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  8. Oooooh! A recipe without 29308423 ingredients! Just may try this one! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Making me hungry.... And we already had dinner! Thanks for sharing the cooking tips!

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  10. Adding flank steak to my "watch for sale" list!!!!! Yum!!!

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  11. Wow that looks amazing! I am definitely going to try this out-- I am always on the look out for copycat recipes!

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  12. One of my favorites is Carabba's Chicken Bryan !

    http://thehealingapron.blogspot.com/2014/12/copycat-recipes.html

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  13. Oh my I must try the beef!! One of my favorite copycat recipes is "Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings" the recipe can seem a little daunting but I use boneless skinless breasts instead of the whole chicken because..yuck!! (I dont like yucky bones, "fat strings" and dealing with picking it all off)Anywho they are AMAZING!!The BEST ever just not one to try while dieting!!!

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  14. I so need to try to those biscuits, they look so yummie.

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  15. my mom made those biscuits once...oh goodness

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  16. I've had that Mongolian Beef recipe printed for a couple of weeks...I can't wait to try it! I love finding copy cat recipes...I remember in HS, my mom found the recipe for Olive Garden's dressing, and we thought we won the lottery!! Haha!!

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  17. our local grocery store actually sells a boxed mix of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits and I have to say that they do taste very similar!

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  18. Skinnytaste has a lightened up version of Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang Shrimp that she calls Bangin' Shrimp which is really easy and delicious! I've never actually had the real version (and neither had she but people kept asking for it!) Also, I've got a Wendy's chili copycat recipe that I swear by.

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  19. I'm so excited to try this recipe. So delicious! So inspirational!


    www.trangscorner.com

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  20. The eggnog latte is my favorite copycat! http://happylittlehive.blogspot.com/2014/12/diy-eggnog-latte.html
    You best believe i will be making the Mongolian Beef and Ruth's Chris Salad though. They look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I'll have to keep an eye out for flank steak now- sounds good! But OMG- I NEED that Luau salad. I've only eaten at cheesecake factory once or twice so I'm not too familiar with their menu but that looks incredible and right up my alley! yum!

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  22. Your copycat recipes are superb! You can pretty much nail every recipes you recreate. What’s more amazing is that your reinvented recipes are way more affordable than its original version, yet I’m sure it’s just as delightful as the latter. Thanks for always sharing your cooking and all sorts of adventures with us!

    Mae Tyler @ St. Andrew Poultry

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  23. have you really like to take a special recipe of beef you can contact :- the second procedure is the cash on delivery process, and wagyu steak where the requested product is delivered to the destination by the place of then the customer pays the wagyu beef bill to the delivery man.

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