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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Restaurant Recipes / Eat Dinner at Home

My husband and I love steak & seafood. For New Years Eve, Anniversary and Valentine’s we used to go out and spend easily $100 on a meal. That no longer fits the budget. For just $40 this past Valentine’s Day I prepared 2 lbs of crab legs, 2 lbs of shrimp, steaks, roasted red potatoes and steamed asparagus – THAT WAS A LOT OF FOOD!!

Do you have a favorite restaurant that you crave? Did you know that you can typically search online and find recipes that VERY closely mimic those at your favorite restaurant for just a fraction of the price? Imagine the budget savings by cutting out all the expensive overhead and the satisfaction of serving it right at your own table. Yet, you will not feel deprived because you will still get to eat your favorite foods. You can locate these recipes offered right on the web by simply using your search engine. All you have to do is type in the name of the restaurant and the recipe name, and soon you will be in your kitchen cooking up all your favorite recipes.

It can be very expensive to go out to a restaurant for a delicious meal. And if you have a big family, the more ridiculous the prices are. One of my family’s favorite places to eat is Texas Roadhouse. Yummy! They have really good rolls. After searching online I found a recipe that is pretty darn close:


1 1/2 pkg. active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk- scalded and cooled to lukewarm
3 tablespoons of melted butter - cooled
1/2 cup sugar
2 quart all purpose flour --
2 whole eggs
2 tsp. salt

Soften yeast in warm water with a teaspoon of sugar.

Add yeast, milk, sugar and enough flour to make a medium batter. Beat thoroughly. Let stand until light and foamy.

Add melted butter, eggs and salt. Beat well. Add enough flour to form soft dough. Sprinkle small amount of flour on counter and let dough rest.

Meanwhile, clean and dry bowl; grease clean surface of bow. Knead dough until smooth and satiny. Put in greased bowl; turn over to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until double in bulk.

Punch down. Turn out on floured board. Divide into portions for shaping; let rest 10 minutes.

Shape dough into desired forms. Place on greased baking sheets. Let rise until doubled.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes (until golden brown). Baste immediately with butter

Yield: 5 to 6 dozen (depending on the size - I made mine kind of big and got about 3 dozen)

And don’t forget to check out Pinching Your Pennies – Pennies Per Serving Forum. Registered users can post recipes and ask questions there! Anytime I need a recipe I can usually find help right there.

Of course, if you are going out to a restaurant…. Look for coupons. There is nothing wrong with using coupons or discount cards at restaurants.


Meaghan said...

Ok, this might seem like a silly question to all you math whizzes but how much flour did you use. It says 1 quart. That really doesn't mean much to me. But if I could come anywhere near perfecting this recipe my husband would be in heaven.

Carla said...

Thanks for the recipe but what about the cinnamon butter? (is that what it is???)Does anyone know how to make it? TIA

Laura said...

I have some copy cat recipes listed here.

Carla here is a recipe that I have that is similar to their cinnamon butter. Not exact, bu close. I wonder if they sweeten the butter with powdered sugar

Anonymous said...

Cinnamon butter:
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup powdered suger
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Mix together. You can play around with the cinnamon if you like more or less.

Alayna's Creations said...

OOOOOOO thank you! We ate at Texas Roadhouse on Friday and were just talking about needing to find a copycat recipe for the rolls and cinnamon butter.

Elisa said...

I like this version of the cinnamon butter the best: 1/2 c. butter at room-temp. 1/4 c honey 1 tsp. cinnamon. Mix all ing. together until light and fluffy.

Unknown said...

Had anyone tried this recipe yet? I looked for it for a while and whereever there were comments, it always was to the tune of "these are good rolls, but not roadhouse."


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