Best of the Year: Our Top 50 Copycat Recipes of 2021
Check out which recipes were the most popular on our site this year. From appetizers to dessert, it's all here!
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If you're a loyal copycat fan, you're sure to recognize more than a few of the recipes that made our 2020 best-of-the-year list. Are any of the tasty recipes below a favorite 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 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!
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Best Copycat Appetizers and Sides of 2021
Ever wonder what goes into Bob Evans' magically mashed potatoes? This copycat recipe brings this classic instant comfort food into your kitchen. These mashed potatoes are known for being creamy, buttery, and simple to make!
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 Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad copycat makes for the perfect pause in any shopping trip. This twist on a deli salad includes chicken, celery, grapes and fresh parsley. Mixed with light mayo, it's even a great lunch idea.
Wedge salads may not be all the rage right now, but we can see why you've been keeping it in our list of most popular recipes. Easy, striking, and super tasty. This classic combination of flavors never fails to satisfy.
This easy pasta salad recipe is perfect for any family picnic or church potluck. It is easy to make, creamy, and incredibly tasty. Side dish recipes don't get much easier than this one!
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 it.
No one cooks up down-home flavors quite like The Pioneer Woman. Cook just like her with this stellar easy copycat appetizer. Copycat Pioneer Woman Cowboy Nachos are a sizzling mix of meat, chips and fresh veggies.
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.
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.
We all love the classics. This delicious spin on traditional biscuits is just too good to pass up! Dsepite arriving on the scene later in the year, yo
These brussel sprouts are fried and crispy and then covered in a delicious and sweet sauce that has a slight kick to it from the Calabrian Chili Powder. Even your pickiest eaters will be asking for seconds when you make this dish!
Who doesn't love a good fried pickles recipe every once in a while? These Copycat Texas Roadhouse Fried Dill Pickles are seriously good, and you'll find yourself craving them almost every day.
These KFC-inspired Potato Wedges are lightly battered in a thin chicken-flavored seasoning and double fried until super crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Satisfy your guilty-pleasure cravings without even leaving the house!
This Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad recipe is an exciting new take on the typical chicken salad. You probably know the classic chicken salad recipe like the back of your hand, but this chicken salad recipe is unique!
This ultra crispy shrimp is tossed in the most addicting sauce. There are only 20 minutes between you and this super easy appetizer!
Best Copycat Soup Recipes of 2021
The only thing I don't understand about this soup is why it wasn't on this list earlier. When something's this good, you just have to try it for yourself.
We're not sure exactly how "french" this recipe is, but it doesn't matter what country you're from, you owe it to yourself to try this delicious soup recipe!
This Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Knockoff recipe is rich and creamy in all the right ways. It will take you longer to drive to the Olive Garden than to make this soup recipe at home.
Oh yes, you know this recipe. It's one of our most beloved recipes of all time. And with an easy baked potato soup copycat from a restaurant you can barely find anymore? Of course it is!
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.
There is something so satisfying about a piping-hot baked potato drenched in cheese. This recipe for Just Like Outback Steakhouse Easy Potato Soup takes that culinary idea up a notch.
Panera Bread is known for their scrumptious soup recipes, among other great treats. This Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup Copycat recipe will satisfy your cravings for a hearty soup recipe.
Best Copycat Beef and Pork Recipes of 2021
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.
This Copycat Five Guys Burger recipe replicates the delicious burger recipe found at the famous fast food joint. This easy burger recipe is a great option for a quick dinner!
Is the McRib trash? Possibly. Is this recipe? Absolutely not! Slow Cooker McRib Sandwiches are the best of both worlds. You get that amazing McDonalds McRib BBQ sauce but with actual tender ribs instead of a pork patty.
Slow cooker freezer meals don't get any better than this scrumptious Texas Roadhouse copycat. With this recipe for Slow Cooker Texas Roadhouse Pot Roast, you can have that iconic pot roast whenever you get the craving.
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.
The Monte Cristo sandwich may be a bit out of vogue these days, but the flavor of this Classic Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe cannot be denied. It's so spectacular it may be the best sandwich you've ever tried.
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.
This Taco Bell Enchirito Copycat Recipe has cracked the code to the perfect balance of sauces, seasonings, and toppings to give you a delicious Mexican copycat recipe that tastes just like the original -- but better.
Best Copycat Pasta Recipes of 2021
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.
This spaghetti pie was only available at Olive Garden for a limited time, but it was amazing while it was there. It's filled with Italian cheeses, pancetta, and topped with grilled chicken and creamy alfredo sauce!
This quick and easy dish will awaken the nostalgia in you. But unlike those old childhood boxed dinners, this one is quality.
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.
This Olive Garden Chicken Parmesan Vino Bianco Copycat recipe is one of Olive Garden's most delicious chicken dinners. Plus, it's got wine in the recipe, so you know you'll feel super fancy.
Do you like old-fashioned recipes? This macaroni and cheese recipe is truly one of a kind and will leave all of your friends and family begging for more.
Shake up your meal planning when you add these Philly Cheesesteak-Style Stuffed Shells to the menu! The easy copycat recipe is a great fusion recipe, as it takes the classic Philly cheesesteak and adds pasta to the mix.
Best Copycat Poultry Recipes of 2021
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!
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.
A good sandwich is simple, yet packed with flavor and depth. This Copycat Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole sandwich recipe is a classic combination with a spin.
This Chili's Monterey Chicken Copycat recipe has everything you could want in a chicken entree. It's super cheesy, perfectly seasoned and grilled, and has crumbled bacon on top.
Popcorn chicken is the easiest way to eat fried chicken for sure, and this KFC copycat is loaded with delicious flavors too. Stop messing around with irritating bones on chicken wings, and make some Homemade Popcorn 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.
Nothing says comfort food like a dish from Cracker Barrel and this Copycat Chicken Casserole from Cracker Barrel is just that.
Best Copycat Sauces of 2021
Conjure up pure Italian flavor with this recipe for Homemade Prego Spaghetti Sauce. Pair your meal with meatballs and garlic bread for a classic dinner for the whole family.
Get that traditional country-style cooking at home with this recipe for Cracker Barrel Copycat Sawmill Gravy. This is a gem among copycat recipes from restaurants.
Best Copycat Desserts of 2021
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.
Skip a trip to the bakery and whip up a batch of homemade cream-filled doughnuts! It's easier than you think...
Looking for a pudding recipe to make with your kids? Try this Copycat Cracker Barrel Banana Pudding! This no-bake banana pudding recipe is family-friendly so you don't have to worry about dealing with a hot stove.
This Woolworth Cheesecake Copycat recipe is a light and refreshing dessert that is sure to bring back the fondest memories of an old store. Light, fluffy, and held together by a delicious graham cracker crust.
Which recipe from this list was your favorite of 2021?
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