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14 Discontinued Fast Food Items (And How to Make Them)

These discontinued restaurant recipes will give you nostalgia (and make you hungry)

By: Toby Kuhnke, Editor, AllFreeCopycatRecipes.com

Discontinued Fast Food Items

You remember them. You miss them. And now you can make them at home! These 14 Discontinued Fast Food Items are those dishes that you loved so much but can't find anymore. Whether you were a fan of KFC's popcorn chicken or you're a McRib fanatic, we've got the recipe for you, so you can make your favorites at home.

These failed fast food items might not be around anymore, but that doesn't mean they weren't delicious! There are those items you remember from your childhood that bring back nostalgia, and then there are those certain discontinued items that you've been craving that just disappeared from the menu one day.

Not only have we identified some of the most popular discontinued items from fast food and fast casual restaurants, but we have the recipes, too.

1. Panera’s Turkey Apple Cheddar Sandwich Copycat Recipe

This sandwich was simply delightful! The reason Panera took it off their menu is a complete mystery to us. But never fear; if you were a fan of this delicious sandwich, you can now make it at home. Just watch the quick video below to learn how to make it. It's perfect for lunches!

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2. Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup Copycat Recipe

This soup from Outback Steakhouse is full of cheesy goodness! If you ever tasted this recipe while it was still at Outback, you'll definitely remember how delicious it was. The perfect blend of seasonings in this soup makes it perfect for a chilly fall evening. You won't be able to have just one bowl!

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Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup Copycat Recipe

3. Chili’s Monterey Chicken Copycat Recipe

When you're in the mood for something new for dinner, give this old Chili's chicken recipe a try. Chili's had this delicious Monterey chicken until 2015, when they removed it from the menu, but never fear. You can have this chicken dinner any time you'd like! It's quick, easy, and packed with flavor.

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Chili’s Monterey Chicken Copycat Recipe

4. Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Pie Copycat Recipe

Remember this delicious dish from Olive Garden? It might not be the healthiest dish around, but it definitely is the most delicious. If you're a fan of Olive Garden's chicken alfredo, then you really should give this savory pie version a try. You'll never make spaghetti the same way again.

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Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Pie Copycat Recipe

5. KFC's Popcorn Chicken Copycat Recipe

KFC's popcorn chicken was served in their restaurants until 2011, but even though these delicious nuggets of flavor aren't available anymore, you can still replicate that classic KFC flavor with this recipe. The secret here is all in the breading and seasoning.

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KFC's Popcorn Chicken Copycat Recipe

6. Chick-fil-A's Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

No Southern meal would be complete without a side of coleslaw! Chick-fil-A used to have their own take on this delicious side, but discontinued it. If you've ever had homemade coleslaw, you know that it's better than any storebought version could ever be. Bring this coleslaw to your next family gathering, and everyone will be asking you for the recipe.

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Chick-fil-A's Coleslaw Copycat Recipe

7. McDonald's McRib Sandwich Copycat Recipe

When it comes to discontinued fast food sandwiches, the McRib really stands out. This sandwich has gained quite the following, and when McDonald's occasionally brings it back, it's incredibly popular. Fans of this sandwich have even created a McRib Locator, where you can report sightings of the sandwich. But don't worry -- you don't have to wait for McDonald's to bring this item back. With this recipe, you can make it at home whenever you want!

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McDonald's McRib Sandwich Copycat Recipe

8. Denny's Fried Cheese Melt Copycat Recipe

This Denny's creation is brilliant, and we just can't figure out why they took it off the menu! It's basically a grilled cheese sandwich with mozarella sticks in the middle. A double dose of cheesy goodness! This sandwich is perfect for when you're craving a little guilty pleasure food for dinner.

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Denny's Fried Cheese Melt Copycat Recipe

9. Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

This Starbucks frappuccino came and went in the blink of an eye. Only available for five days in spring 2017, this fruit drink was all the rage because of its colorful appearance. Plus, it was delicious! Even though this drink is gone from Starbucks' menu, you can still make it at home with this copycat recipe.

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Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

10. Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole Copycat Recipe

Whether you need a new recipe to switch things up with your lunch routine, or you just miss this recipe from Bennigan's, this Turkey O'Toole gets the job done. In 2005, Bennigan's closed many of their locations, leaving their fans and their cravings behind. If you were one of those Bennigan's lovers, never fear. This Turkey O'Toole copycat recipe is here.

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Bennigan's Turkey O'Toole Copycat Recipe

11. McDonald's Fried Apple Pie Copycat Recipes

You probably know McDonald's apple pies, but did you know that they used to have fried apple pies? That's right -- the masters of fried food once brought their deep frying skills to the dessert table. Although this item hasn't been around for a while and was replaced by the baked version, you can still get that deep fried goodness at home.

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McDonald's Fried Apple Pie Copycat Recipes

12. Panera's Asian Sesame Chicken Salad Copycat Recipe

Panera's salads really stand out on their menu. They're healthy, delicious, and unique! Panera's Asian Sesame Chicken Salad was a signature part of their menu until it left in 2016. The next time you're craving this salad's unique sweet and savory flavors, just consult this recipe. It tastes just like the original!

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Panera's Asian Sesame Chicken Salad Copycat Recipe

13. Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup Copycat Recipe

This soup is only available certain times of the year, but sometimes we get a little Carrabba's craving that can't wait until the fall. This soup is packed with tons of flavor, and it's really irresistible. It's easy to make, too. Now you don't have to wait for it to come back to enjoy this Italian restaurant staple.

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Carrabba's Sausage and Lentil Soup Copycat Recipe

14. Copycat Wendy's Frescata Bread

When Wendy's discontinued these delicious sandwiches, fans were definitely disappointed. If you were a Frescata fanatic like we were, you'll remember that the thing that really made these sandwiches outstanding was the BREAD! Lucky for you, we've cracked the recipe code so you don't have to!

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Copycat Wendy's Frescata Bread

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We loved TGI Friday's homestyle nachos. They have been discontinued and are nowhere near as good as the older ones. We would love it if you could supply the recipe. Thanks.

I have been searching for the Deviled Crab mix that was on the Outer Banks Sampler from Red Lobster. It has been discontinued for years now still can't find how to make my own

I am nostalgic for two discontinued fast food items...the first is the A W Pizza Burger, the second is the pizza omelet that was offered by Perkins. These were both so good.

I was so disappointed that William Sonoma discontinued their Peanut Noodle Sauce - it was special. Does anyone have a copycat recipe for it? Thanks.

I would love to have Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup Copycat Recipe again.

I love Fazoli's breadsticks!! We used to sneak them into the movie theatre and eat them instead of popcorn!

I love and miss McDonald's original apple pies. Bring back the crunch!

I love Applebees spinach and artichoke dip.

I love the Mexi-Melt form Taco Bell. They are no longer on the visible menu, but they will make them for me.

I miss Royal Castle hamburgers. I don't know how they were prepapred exactly. All I know that they were the best I have ever had, and that is after eating almost sixty years of hamburgers.

I miss the McDLT!

Big Boy pizza burgers!

I love the egg mcmuffin!

Red Robin Potato Skins they deleted these but they were the best

I actually loved the pizzas McDonalds used to sell!

Olive Gardens Chicken Parmigiana

OMGoodness----that Monterrey Chicken! And the Turkey-Apple-Cheddar Sandwich! I guess I am too long away from the restaurants now that I am learning to cook at home. (Learning to really cook after many years of "getting dinner to the table")

Many years ago Subway made a meatball and sausage sub. They were my favorite.

I just loved McD's fried apple pies. Ahh, the good old days.

Enchiritos from Taco Bell. They were great.

I miss the Mcrib from MacD

I love the biscuits and sausage gravy at Whataburger

I am nostalgic for the curly fries we used to get when I was a kid. Thanks for offering this nice contest!

Olive Garden's Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Pie Copycat Recipe is a recipe I thought long gone. Thank you!

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The Mcrib

Tim Horton's used to make an Oreo donut that my son looooved. He is 35 years old, and brought it up just last night.

I really miss the mushroom burgers from burger king.

Tim Horton's used to make a chocolate walnut fritter. Yum!

I have a great fondness for fry pies so I would support bringing back the McDonald's originals. I love nostalgia too.

I haven't had an awful lot of fast food and don't remember even hearing of most of these listed. We used to go to a little place on the mall that made the most wonderful apple fritters. That was our treat when we had to do business in the city.

Sbarros also had an awesome chicken dish I used to get at the mall food court 25 years ago when I was a kid. Can anyone remember what it was called?

A couple of years ago around Thanksgiving, McDonalds briefly offered a sweet potato hand pie! I'm a huge sweet potato fan, so I definitely had a couple during the short time they made them. I wish they would make them every year!

Sbarro's used to have a delicious dish called "Stuffed Eggplant". I would love to have that recipe.

Would you have TGIF Friday's recipe for their potato soup?

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem that we have that recipe; however, we do have an entire page of other recipes from TGI Fridays! https://www.allfreecopycatrecipes.com/Other-Copycat-Recipes/Copycat-Recipes-TGI-Fridays

I used to work for a Carl's Jr. in Ca way back when. They had this fantastic sandwich called the California Roast Beef. I remembered how to make and even improve on it for my family who all just loved it! Start with a brioche bun, lightly toasted, about 3-4 ounces thinly sliced medium rare roast beef, I get mine at the deli at Cub Foods here in MN, If you don't like it spicy just get the canned mild whole green chili's, one chili per sandwich, we use fresh sliced jalapenos, add one good size slice of tomato and then top with swiss cheese slice, add the top bun half wrap in a paper towel and microwave for about 30-35 seconds, Enjoy!

Taco Bell used to have a salad with rice and grilled chicken and cheese and some kind of yummy sauce, i cant remember what it was called, but i really miss those!

I really miss Wendy's Frescata sandwiches! What's your favorite dish they don't make anymore?

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