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Best of the Year: Our Top 50 Copycat Recipes of 2018

Check out which recipes were the most popular on our site this year. From appetizers to dessert, it's all here!

By: Jamie Garcia, Editor,
Our 50 Best Copycat Recipes of 2018

If you're a loyal copycat fan, you're sure to recognize more than a few of the recipes that made our 2018 best of the year list. Are any of the tasty recipes below a fave of yours?

We've broken them down into categories for easy perusing, so whatever you're in the mood for, why not make it one of the year's best dishes? Impress your family with a top-notch meal that has stayed a frontrunner all year long. 

We'd also like to take a moment to thank our top bloggers for contributing these warm and wonderful recipes to our site! Without your culinary genius and generous contributions, we wouldn't be nearly as consistently delicious as our fans have come to expect.

Cheers to another great year of simple, delicious, and comforting copycats!


Best Copycat Appetizers of 2018

  • Deli Style Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

    This Hawaiian salad is loaded with vegetables and flavor. It is light and refreshing, and perfect for potlucks. No matter the occasion, this easy pasta salad will be a new staple for your potluck table.

  • Bob Evans' Mashed Potatoes Copycat Recipe

    These mashed potatoes are known for being creamy, buttery, and so simple to make. With this recipe, you can make a copycat version of a fan-favorite without having to make an extra trip to the grocery store.

  • Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe

    KFC Coleslaw is a five-minute side dish you'll enjoy all summer long with your favorite chicken and more! Tastes exactly like the original! KFC Coleslaw is one of my most personal childhood food memories. 

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole

    This recipe for Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Browns Casserole is one of the tastiest Cracker Barrel restaurant recipes for side dishes! This hash browns casserole is made with frozen hash browns, sour cream, onion, and cheese. This is truly one of the easiest side dish recipes to make.

  • Copycat Pioneer Woman Potatoes Au Gratin

    This copycat version of Pioneer Woman'sAu Gratin Potatoes has extra garlic and cheese to amp up the delicious flavor. These creamy potatoes with chives, garlic, and cheddar cheese are the perfect side dish for any meal. Who could refuse a helping of buttery potatoes au gratin? 

  • Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rolls

    One of the most coveted Texas Roadhouse restaurant recipes, these fluffy, buttery rolls are a delightful dinner companion. You can't eat just one! This steakhouse staple is sure to make everyone happy when you serve them at your next occasion. 

  • Homemade Boston Market Squash Casserole

    This Homemade Boston Market Squash Casserole recipe is the perfect vegetable side dish recipe for any occasion. The squash casserole is loaded with veggies, cheese, and the secret ingredient, cornbread. 

  • Homestyle Mashed Potatoes Cracker Barrel Style

    If you are looking for an easy side dish recipe that can be served with a plethora of meals, then this recipe for Homestyle Mashed Potatoes Cracker Barrel Style is just what you need. The light and creamy mashed potatoes are stupidly easy to make with little work.

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

    We wouldn't be surprised if you said that this recipe is your favorite casserole ever. Fortunately, with just five minutes of prep, you can make this Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe for your very own. 

  • Baked Bloomin' Onion

    You've heard of the famous appetizer from Outback Steakhouse. It's about time to shave off some calories and make this treat to share with a big group. Baked Bloomin' Onion is a healthier alternative to the notorious appetizer recipe that you can cook up in your own home.

  • Homemade Chicken Potstickers

    Making Chinese restaurant food at home is so much easier than you may even think. This recipe for Homemade Chicken Potstickers is quick and simple. The chicken filling is sensational and gets flavors from mushrooms, garlic, green onions, and more.

  • Olive Garden-Inspired Parmesan Zucchini Bites

    Zucchini recipes don't get much easier than this fun version of Olive Garden's newest appetizer. You won't be able to get enough of these delicious Olive Garden-Inspired Parmesan Zucchini Bites. In fact, these baked zucchini recipes make for great healthy snacks and side dishes.

  • Vintage Vidalia Onion Dip

    This creamy Vidalia onion dip recipe is the delicious dip that will take you back in time to enjoying mom's onion soup mix dip in the kitchen. This onion dip recipe has been updated for a lighter flavor and plenty of fresh onion to enjoy.

  • Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles

    These Panera Ham and Swiss Baked Egg Souffles are utterly divine. A creamy omelet-like mixture nests inside a golden-brown croissant crust in this delicious dish. Try this favorite among Panera Bread recipes for breakfast or dinner. 

Best Copycat Beef Recipes of 2018

  • Copycat Applebee's Smothered Steak Skillet

    If you're looking for a wonderful dish among restaurant recipes, you've found one with the Copycat Applebee's Smothered Steak Skillet recipe. A tasty piece of steak is matched with a garlic mashed potatoes recipe and sauteed mushrooms.

  • Cracker Barrel Beef Stew Copycat Recipe

    For the ultimate cozy country dish, try this Copycat Cracker Barrel Beef Stew. The easy stew recipe is hearty and loaded with beef, carrots, potatoes, and peas. This is the perfect easy dinner recipe to make for company. 

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Meatloaf Recipe

    Meatloaf is an all-American staple and Cracker Barrel is known for having some of the best meatloaves in the country. Green peppers and onion are combined with ground beef to create the iconic dish.

  • Copycat A&W Whistle Dog

    A&W has been a popular restaurant in the U.S. and Canada for many years, known especially for their hot dog ideas. If you remember going there as a child, you'll love making your own Copycat A&W Whistle Dog. 

  • Old-Fashioned Pot Roast

    Sometimes a little comfort food is all you need to brighten up a cool fall or winter day. This recipe for Old-Fashioned Pot Roast is so simple, and it’s a great way to put a smile on the faces of your friends and family. 

  • Philly Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper

    Philly Cheesesteak Hamburger Helper will make you forget all about the boxed type you had as a kid, you’ll love this creamy, cheesy cheesesteak pasta.

Best Copycat Pasta Recipes of 2018

  • Copycat Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta

    You will fall in love with our Copycat Cheesecake Factory Four Cheese Pasta. For those who have been desperately searching for the ultimate pasta recipe, look no further. You may even find that you like the homemade version better than the restaurant version. 

  • Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi Copycat Recipe

    This Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi tastes as if it came right from your favorite Italian restaurant. It's like a perfect marriage of shrimp and pasta noodles, and it's possibly the best out of all copycat Olive Garden recipes you will have.

  • Applebee's Three Cheese Chicken Penne Copycat

    This Applebee's Three Cheese Chicken Penne Copycat recipe is filled with all your favorite flavors and tastes. The chicken pasta bake is loaded with hearty chicken, fresh tomatoes, and of course plenty of cheesy goodness.

Best Copycat Asian Recipes of 2018

  • PF Chang's Kung Pao Chicken Copycat

    If you're a fan of Chinese food, this one's a classic. This PF Chang's Kung Pao Chicken Copycat recipe is perfect for when that craving for Chinese food hits. This quick chicken recipe is great for a weeknight dinner with family or a larger party with friends. 

  • Takeout-Style Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

    With a little bit of prep work, you can make one of your favorite dishes at home with this recipe for Takeout-Style Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken! This easy copycat recipe is one your family will love.

  • Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp

    Honey Orange Firecracker Shrimp is sweet, spicy, sticky and crispy and so easy to make you'll throw your Chinese food takeout menus away!

  • Copycat Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi Chicken and Steak with Veggies

    Try making this delicious Copycat Japanese Steakhouse Hibachi Chicken and Steak with Veggies recipe next time you're in charge of dinner. It makes for a delicious meal that will make all your meat lovers feel like they are in heaven.

  • Homemade Chinese Orange Chicken

    Who can resist Chinese orange chicken? With a crispy outer crust, sweet and savory sauce, and fresh rice on the side, it just might be the tastiest chicken recipe out there. Try this easy recipe and impress all your friends with your skills.

Best Copycat Chicken Recipes of 2018

  • Cheesecake Factory Pretzel Crusted Chicken Copycat

    Whether you serve this chicken dish as an appetizer at a potluck, or as a main dish, it is sure to make your friends and family sing its praises. These chicken skewers are so delicious and easy to eat that you will no doubt return to this recipe again and again. 

  • Chili's Monterey Chicken Copycat

    We love our easy dinner recipes jam-packed with flavor, and you can't go wrong with this punchy pick. Combine a bounty of spices and juicy chicken for a Mexican dinner recipe that will knock the socks off your diners. 

  • Copycat Chi Chi's Chicken Chimichangas

    We love our easy dinner recipes jam packed with flavor, and you can't go wrong with this punchy pick. Combine a bounty of spices and juicy chicken for a Mexican dinner recipe that will knock the socks off your diners. 

  • Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad

    This Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad recipe is an exciting new take on the typical chicken salad. Make this chicken salad recipe for your next luncheon and surprise all of your guests with your culinary genius.


  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings

    Certain recipes are worthy enough to be passed down through several generations, and this might be one of them. This recipe for old-fashioned chicken and dumplings will become a staple in your household. Make it your signature dish!

  • Copycat Chicken Casserole from Cracker Barrel

    Nothing says comfort food like a dish from Cracker Barrel and this Copycat Chicken Casserole from Cracker Barrel is just that. The hearty chicken casserole recipe is made with cream of chicken soup, chunks of tender chicken, fresh vegetables, and homemade cornbread.

  • Copycat Popeye's Chicken Tenders

    These chicken tenders are better than any you'll find at a fast food place. Nothing can truly beat homemade fried chicken. It has a crispy, homemade breading and is tender and juicy on the inside. 

  • Homemade Bang Bang Chicken

    Try this better-than-Cheesecake-Factory recipe for Bang Bang chicken. You can prepare this simple recipe in just 30 minutes, making it a great weeknight meal idea. This recipe also tells you how to make an amazing sweet chili sauce to drizzle over the chicken.

  • Homemade Version of Cheesecake Factory Chicken Madeira

    You'll savor the flavors of mushroom, asparagus and more all simmered together in a brown sugar and balsamic vinegar based glazed. Trick your significant other into thinking you are a restaurant chef when you make this inspired recipe pick for dinner.

  • Longhorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Chicken Copycat

    This Longhorn Steakhouse restaurant copycat recipe is sure to make a good impression on everyone you make it for. Longhorn Steakhouse Parmesan Crusted Chicken Copycat is a delicious chicken entree, baked to perfection.

  • One-Pan Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowls

    Dinner is made easy with this recipe for One-Pan Chipotle-Style Chicken Burrito Bowls. This hearty Chipotle copycat recipe is packed with chicken, rice, black beans, cheese, and much more. 

  • One Skillet Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

    There's no food more comforting than this One Skillet Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie Recipe. This recipe features everything from chicken and corn to peas and carrots, giving you a quick 30-minute dinner recipe that is out of this world.

  • Copycat Popeye's Fried Chicken Recipe

    The Popeye's Delta sauce is slightly spicy and completely divine, especially when paired with this crispy, fried chicken recipe. When the family is looking for a quick and delicious recipe, nothing tops Popeye's chicken! It's so much better than fast food.

  • Grandma's Stouffer-Style Chicken and Rice Bake

    There is nothing better than a casserole when you are pressed for time but still want to deliver a nutritious and delicious meal to your family. With this Grandma's Stouffer-Style Chicken and Rice Bake recipe, you can quickly make a casserole that will please everyone.

  • Olive Garden Chicken Margherita Copycat

    Enjoy Olive Garden’s Chicken Margherita, at home. Grilled chicken breasts topped with fresh grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil pesto, and a lemon garlic sauce. 

  • Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Copycat

    This Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken makes an easy meal any night of the week. Tender white meat chicken is covered with broccoli, cheese sauce, and buttery cracker crumbs.

Best Copycat Desserts of 2018

  • Better Than Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake

    There's no need to settle for either fluffy homemade cake or creamy cheesecake when you can have both in one dessert. This Better Than Cheesecake Factory Red Velvet Cheesecake is sure to make a lasting impression. 

  • California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake

    If you are looking for a sweet dessert to impress guests, then this California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake is the dessert you are in search of. The butter cake recipe is a California Pizza Kitchen classic and easy to recreate at home.

  • Copycat Carvel Ice Cream Cake

    Everything is made from scratch so you definitely have the great taste with the ingredients alone, but the best part is it really tastes like a Carvel cake. Not one of those copycat recipes that kind of taste like the original. This did not last long in our house and I had to hurry to take a picture of it.

  • Copycat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake Recipe

    Copycat Cheesecake Factory Oreo Cheesecake recipe is one you'll want to keep in your recipe book. If you've ever tasted this amazing recipe from the Cheesecake Factory, then you know exactly how delicious it's going to be.

  • Copycat Cracker Barrel Banana Pudding

    Looking for a homemade banana pudding recipe to make with your kids? This no-bake banana pudding recipe is family friendly so you don't have to worry about dealing with a hot stove or oven! 

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