Top Secret Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones of America’s Favorite Brand Named Foods - Applebee's Baked French Onion Soup, Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing, Boston Market Meatloaf, California Pizza Kitchen Dakota Smashed Pea & Barley Soup, and more...

Top Secret Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones of America’s Favorite Brand Named Foods - Applebee's Baked French Onion Soup, Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing, Boston Market Meatloaf, California Pizza Kitchen Dakota Smashed Pea & Barley Soup, and more...

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Applebee's
Baked French Onion Soup
Don't even try to find this one on the menu at Applebee's, because it isn't there; though it's the most popular soup served each day at this huge restaurant chain. This is the first of several big
time soup clones we'll…  See more details below

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Top Secret Recipes
by Todd Wilbur
Top Secret Recipes
version of
Applebee's
Baked French Onion Soup
Don't even try to find this one on the menu at Applebee's, because it isn't there; though it's the most popular soup served each day at this huge restaurant chain. This is the first of several big
time soup clones we'll unveil here in the next few weeks to help get you through the cold winter
months. And they're all a cinch to make. Just be sure you have some oven-safe soup bowls for this one, since we'll have to broil it a bit before serving. Under the gooey melted provolone of the original version you get from Applebee's is a unique round crouton that's made from bread similar to a hamburger bun. So that's exactly what we'll use in our clone.
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
6 medium white onions, sliced
8 cups beef broth (Swanson is best)
1 cup water
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
5 plain hamburger buns
10 slices provolone cheese
10 teaspoons shredded parmesan cheese
1. Add 3 tablespoons oil to a large soup pot or saucepan over medium/high heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté for 20 minutes until the onions begin to soften and start to become translucent. You don't want them to brown.
2. Add the beef broth, water, salt, garlic powder and black pepper to the pan and bring mixture to a boil. When soup begins to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
3. To make the croutons cut off the top half of each top of the hamburger bun so that the bread is the same thickness as the bottom half of each bun. Throw the tops away. Now you should have 10 round pieces of bread -- 5 bottom buns, and 5 top buns with the tops cut off. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the bread in the the oven directly on the rack and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until each piece is golden brown and crispy. Set these croutons aside until you need them. 4. When the soup is done, spoon about 1 cup into an oven-safe bowl. Float a crouton on top of the soup, then place a slice of provolone cheese on top of the crouton. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of shredded parmesan cheese over the provolone.
5. Place the bowl into your oven set to high broil. Broil the soup for 5 to 6 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown (you may need to broil longer if you are making more than one bowl at a time). Sprinkle an additional 1/2 teaspoon of shredded parmesan cheese over the top of the soup and serve. Repeat process to pre pare remaining servings.
(http://www.topsecretrecipes.com) Makes 10 servings.
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Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing
As far as salad dressings go, this is one of the most requested, and tasty. At the Benihana chain of hibachi grill restaurants, you are served a side salad before your meal that is doused with this tangy, slightly sweet, fresh ginger dressing. This Top Secret Recipes version of that dressing is a real cinch to make, once you've got the ingredients. Just dump everything into a blender, whiz it, and you're set. Although this recipe is inspired by the many variations of the clone recipe that are floating around (and that I have received by e-mail), you should know that this is an original never-before -published creation that comes closer to the original product than any other version I have seen. See what you think.
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup peanut oil
1/3 cup rice vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons minced celery
2 tablespoons ketchup
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until all of the ginger is well-pureed. (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com)
Makes 1 3/4 cups.
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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014234078
Publisher:
eBook4Life
Publication date:
04/08/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
232,367
File size:
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