$38.34 Categories. Employees told me the pizza crusts are partially cooked each morning to cut down on the wait time for customers. Wherever that is. I first published this hack in Even More Top Secret Recipes, but recently applied some newly acquired secrets and tips to make this much-improved version of one of the most familiar fried chicken recipes in the world. The pork butt, also known as a Boston butt, is cut from the other end, the upper shoulder of the pig. If you ARE an onion person and want to add them, place a couple of halved onions on the grill with the jalapeño(s) and continue to char for about a half an hour. To duplicate the baste, you clarify a stick of butter, then add a little oil so that the butter doesn’t solidify. Since there isn't any water in the sauce, just oil, the chicken stays crispy, regardless of how much sauce is applied. That song came out in 1962 and sold more than 8 million copies. Tossed with chile lime dressing. After two weeks of baking, I finally settled on a formula that was a mash-up of yeast dough and pie crust and made a perfectly tender deep dish crust, with great flavor that exactly mimicked the original. Chang's clone recipes here. It’s a mistake to assume that a recipe posted to a restaurant chain’s website is the real recipe for the food served there. Before a skilled chef appears tableside to perform his culinary prestidigitation on the hot hibachi grill at Benihana, you're treated to a tasty bowl of chicken broth-based soup with fried onions, sliced mushrooms and green onions floating cheerfully on top. The 729-unit chain did not start its life as Qdoba. The key to recreating the flavor of the real deal is to fire roast the tomatoes and the jalapenos, and to add a little mesquite-flavored liquid smoke. Decisions, decisions. About a half an hour into the tomatoes charring, put the jalapeño(s) on the grill to also get as charred as possible. A test run of the new spicy chicken in Pittsburgh was the most successful product test in KFC's recent history. Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur. You can also make this from scratch if you like (I’ve got a great hack for Olive Garden’s Alfredo Sauce), but it’s such a small amount that premade sauce in either a chilled tub from the deli section or in a bottle off the shelf works great here. For super-charred tomatoes they start with firm, chilled tomatoes, that aren't too big or too ripe. Your choice of salsa from our salsa bar containing 6 salsas made fresh every day. 720-780 Calories.$6.70 Guacamole (8oz) and Chips You can add your choice of cheese, plus guacamole and sour cream for a super-deluxe clone version. It’s two or three more, plus a few extra to take home for tomorrow. To ensure proper nooks and crannies and muffins that are cooked all the way through, I've included some important steps. I have missed baja fresh so much since leaving California. Copying that delicious, flakey crust was the task that took me the longest. I followed this recipe exactly and I am very happy with the results. The bigwigs decided it was time to change the name to Boston Market, to reflect a wider menu. I’m not sure why Einstein Bros. claims there are just four cheeses in the new Twice-Baked Hash Brown when the ingredients clearly list six kinds of cheese, plus cream cheese. But now you can eat it anytime you want, with no reservations, at a table you own. I got a Baja burrito which is delicious, but the differentiator is the salsa bar where anyone can take from a selection of 6 different salsas. That meant replacing signs on hundreds of units and retooling the marketing campaigns. The Baja Burritos swap the sour cream for guacamole, so although the fat content is still high, they’re a better choice than the Ultimo burritos. Choose from: Pico de Gallo, 6 Chiles, Baja, Mango, Molcajete or Verde. I think maybe my tomatoes were bigger (more meat, less skin?)? The heat in this Bang Bang Shrimp recipe comes from the secret sauce blend that's flavored with chili garlic sauce, also known as sambal. But I was hoping to find something for our Mexi-night dinners…flour tortillas! We seem to like all the same things . Beef lovers go crazy over this one at the restaurant. Before the restaurant opens each day, cooks press the dough into a pan and then sprinkle it with a little shredded cheese. One such fan of the sauce commented online, "Are there any Wendy's employees or managers out there who will mail me an entire case of Hot Chili Seasoning? The home meal replacement chain's stock was soaring and the lines were filled with hungry customers waiting to sink their teeth into a serving of the chain's delicious rotisserie chicken. Menu Description: "Quickly-cooked steak with scallions and garlic." Menu Description: "Chicken breast tenderloins sauteed with bell peppers, roasted garlic and onions in a garlic cream sauce over angel hair." (except my daughter, but I don’t count her as she just takes after me). Browse my other Olive Garden clone recipes here. The original dish from Nashville is made with crispy fried chicken that's doused with a top-secret spicy chili sauce and served on sliced white bread with dill pickles on top. www.TopSecretRecipes.com Built the traditional way, a typical Detroit Coney Island chili dog features a natural-casing hot dog in a soft white bun, smothered in chili sauce, drizzled with mustard, and topped with a pile of diced sweet onion. Can't get enough Olive Garden? Before he became America's sausage king, Jimmy Dean was known for crooning the country hit "Big Bad John." It was only three years later that Ochoa got the attention of bigwigs at Dennys, Inc., who offered him $11.3 million for his U.S. operations. This dish from the rapidly growing Chinese food chain satisfies anyone who loves the famous marinated bourbon chicken found in food courts across America. KFC uses small chickens that cook faster, but small chickens can be hard to find. ), but at first glance it’s easy to see that a few important ingredients found in traditional Bolognese sauces are conspicuously missing, including milk, basil, lemon, and nutmeg. Kids Crispy corn tortilla filled with fire-grilled all white meat chicken, grilled onions, cheese and choice of two sides. Fajita fiesta including grilled pepper, chiles, onions, rice, black or pinto beans, guacamole, cheese, onions, cilantro, sour cream, Baja ensalada, chips and salsa for everyone. Yes, it is very spicy, but the simple combo of fire-roasted habanero, tomatillo, and garlic is not as fiery as you might expect from a salsa that includes so much habanero in it. One distinctive feature of the bread is its color. *2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary. Just enter your email. Not only is Olive Garden's delicious marsala sauce hacked here (and it’s easy to make), you’ll also get the copycat hack for the chain's awesome Italian cheese stuffing that goes between the two pan-cooked chicken fillets. Add jalapeños to grill and continue to grill tomatoes and jalapeños for another half an hour, or until very charred and blackened. Since moving out of the city, and thus far away from any Baja Fresh, I needed a good fill in for Salsa Baja. Sliced chicken breast, romaine lettuce, pico de gallo, tortilla strips, and cotija cheese make up El Pollo Loco's Caesar Salad, but it is the fantastic creamy cilantro dressing that gets the raves. Once the sauce is made, you coat the shrimp in a simple seasoned breading, fry them to a nice golden brown, toss them gently in the sauce, and then serve them up on a bed of mixed greens to hungry folks who, hopefully, have a cool drink nearby to mellow the sting. Winston Shelton, a friend of Harland Sanders who invented the first high-volume pressure fryers for KFC, confirmed this. In early 1985, restaurateur Rich Komen felt there was a specialty niche in convenience-food service just waiting to be filled. And don’t just be thinking about breakfast for these cheesy potatoes. I love the stuff. Chicken tenderloins are lightly breaded and sauteed along with colorful bell peppers and chopped red onion. Crispy corn tortilla filled with fire-grilled all white meat chicken, grilled onions and cheese. $4.89 That means the company holds about 65 percent of the $1.2 billion quick-service seafood business. As with my KFC Original Recipe hack, we must first brine the chicken to give it flavor and moisture all the way through, like the real thing, then the chicken is double breaded and deep-fried until golden brown. Grilling the vegetables until charred produces a smoky salsa like no other. Today, the two Coney Island restaurants are under different ownership, but they still remain next-door rivals. This recipe was our #4 most popular in 2019. After braising about 30 pounds of chuck roasts, I finally discovered the perfect Chipotle Mexican Grill barbacoa burrito copycat recipe with a taste-alike adobo sauce that fills your roast with flavor as it slowly cooks to a fork-tender delicacy on your stovetop over 5 to 6 hours. If you're cooking for two, you can prepare this dish for the table in one large skillet, saving the remaining ingredients for another meal. In 1946 Jerome launched a new restaurant called Jerry's and it was a booming success, with growth across the country. You are such a life-saver! I’ve always been the odd one out. At the restaurant, these wings are deliciously doused with a buttery garlic Parmesan baste and then sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese. I tip extra cash to Wendy's workers to get big handfuls of the stuff." Winston pulled me aside and whispered this secret to me when he thought we were off-camera, but our microphones and very alert cameramen caught the whole thing, and we aired it. Since 1990 Baja Fresh has been serving up great food, made fresh with each order. The muffins will be too soft to open for at least four hours, and now you have to fight off the temptation to eat one. And why not, it's an attractive dish with bang-up flavor, especially if you like your food on the spicy side. Menu Description: "Spicy, shredded beef, braised with our own chipotle adobo, cumin, cloves, garlic and oregano." Is it possible we’re somehow related, Pam? Original Baja Taco Warm soft grilled corn tortillas filled with your favorite protein and topped with freshly made salsa, fresh onions, and cilantro. Served with your choice of fire-grilled chicken, steak or pork carnitas and flour or corn tortillas. so I left them out. But it’s never just one more. But on the last day I got lucky: "One extra-large Mexican Chicken Chili, please." Use ground pork found at the supermarket—make it lean pork if you like—or grind some up yourself if you have a meat grinder. It was only a matter of time before the spicy fried chicken made famous in Nashville, Tennessee at shops like Prince's Hot Chicken Shack and Hattie B's would find its way into the mainstream. If your roast has a thick cap of fat on it, trim off the excess. The restaurant menu claims this soup takes a half a day to make, but we can clone it in a fraction of that time using canned chicken broth (I use Swanson brand). Cooking the chicken requires a very hot grill. And, thanks to the availability of breaded frozen fish sticks in just about every market, a home clone is stupidly simple. When they settled in southern Michigan, many opened restaurants to sell their clones of the food they ate when they first got to America, turning New York-style Coney Dogs into a Midwest phenomenon. Click here for more of my copycat recipes. In the early 90's Boston Chicken was rockin' it. Shelton recalled seeing the ingredient when Sanders showed him the secret formula for the fried chicken seasoning he had scribbled on a piece of paper. Since the braising process takes so long, start early in the day and get ready for a big dinner, because I've also included clones here for Chipotle's pico de gallo, pinto beans, and delicious cilantro-lime rice to make your burritos complete. The tables are “owned” by regulars who schedule their meals months in advance, so every table is full every night, and that’s the way it’s been for the last 38 years. I incorporated all those missing ingredients into this new hack recipe, tweaked a few other things, and then tested several methods of braising the beef so that it comes out perfectly tender: covered, uncovered, and a combo. But by studying the Auntie Anne's home pretzel-making kit in the secret underground laboratory, I've discovered a better solution for re-creating the delicious mall treats than any clone recipe out there. I also like using El Pato tomato sauce (recipe calls for 1/2 cup) for a bit more heat. You won't find freezers, can openers, or microwave ovens at this national Mexican food chain. Even fettuccine is good here. Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken and Biscuits has become the third-largest quick-service chicken chain in the world in the twenty-two years since its first store opened in New Orleans in 1972. The beef comes out tender as can be, and the simple sauce sings to your taste buds. Mango. Remove from grill and put tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, fresh cilantro, salt and pepper, and half the chicken stock in a blender and puree. He soon had 90 stores in 20 cities throughout Mexico. This quickly growing chicken wing chain sells each of its 12 signature sauces in the restaurant because many of them work great as a baste or side sauce for a variety of home cooked masterpieces. So how do you do this? Choose from: Pico de Gallo, 6 Chiles, Baja, Mango, Molcajete or Verde. This tastee just like it. Served with garlic mashed potatoes.”. After adding 64 ounces of water and 15 chopped hamburger patties the stuff is transformed into the familiar thick and spicy chili sauce dolloped over hot dogs and French fries at America's largest hot dog chain. Who would rather have Burger King than fresh grilled chicken and all the sides you want? It's practically impossible to eat just one—they're that good. Another perk of dining at Baja Fresh is the salsa bar located in the middle of the restaurant, where you can find four varieties of salsa, including a mild pico de gallo, salsa verde (with green tomatoes), salsa Baja and spicy salsa roja. Check out more of my famous breakfast food clone recipes here. Now you'll be well on your way to delicious Cheddar Bay. For the natural flavor and color we'll use cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder, then filter the particles out with a fine wire-mesh strainer after they've contributed what the sauce needs. The little red packets of viscous hot sauce at the fast food giant have a cult following of rabid fans who will do whatever it takes to get their hands on large quantities. Or you can brush it on grilled salmon. If you have a bread machine, you can use it for kneading the bread (you'll find the order in which to add the ingredients to your machine in "Tidbits"). While researching a home hack of this now-iconic recipe, I discovered an unexpected technique that I hadn’t seen in other deep dish recipes. Like blackest black charred. Ochoa took the deal, and El Pollo Loco grew from 17 to more than 200 outlets over the following decade. I found it! It was really fresh (the name doesn’t lie) and fast and like most things that seem to be better for you around here, they’re gone in a flash. The name was inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Topped with avocado, cabbage, pico de … On my CMT show Top Secret Recipe I chatted with Winston Shelton, a long-time friend of KFC founder Harland Sanders. Burrito Mexicano, all types except Mahi Mahi 770-850 cal, 3.5-7g sat fat, 15-18g total fat, 2,040-2,420mg sodium, 117 … Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur. Served with freshly made tortilla chips. The ingredients listed on the real Hot Chili Seasoning are water, corn syrup, salt, distilled vinegar, natural flavors, xanthan gum, and extractives of paprika. Menu Description: "It takes half a day to make this perfect combination of onion, celery, carrot and garlic." A requirement of any visit to Chicago is eating at least one slice of deep dish pizza in the city that perfected it. Since Buffalo, New York was too far away, Jim Disbrow and Scott Lowery satisfied their overwhelming craving in 1981 by opening a spicy chicken wing restaurant close to home in Kent, Ohio. This hack for Thomas’ English Muffins uses a special kneading process to give the muffins the "nooks and crannies" they are famous for, making craters in the finished bread to better hold on to melted butter and jam. Update 1/9/17: Replace the 10 cups of water with 8 cups of chicken broth for a shorter simmer time and better flavor. Over 500 stores later, Auntie Anne's is one of the most requested secret clone recipes around, especially on the internet. Try to find San Marzano-style whole canned tomatoes, preferably from Italy. Served with freshly made tortilla chips. Thank you !!!! A widely circulated recipe that claims to duplicate the chain’s classic Bolognese actually originated on Olive Garden’s own website, and if you make that recipe you’ll be disappointed when the final product doesn’t even come close to the real deal. Try this dish paired with my recent clone of Olive Garden’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes for the complete O.G. Menu Description: “Two lightly fried parmesan-breaded chicken breasts are smothered with Olive Garden’s homemade marinara sauce and melted Italian cheeses. Deep dish pizza quickly became a Chicago staple after Ike Sewell and Ric Riccardo opened the first Pizzeria Uno in 1943 and served a hearty new style of pizza constructed in a high-rimmed cake pan. I’m not sure why because I loved it! Check out these copycat recipes for famous entrees. Remove from grill and put tomatoes, jalapeños, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, fresh cilantro, salt and pepper, and half the chicken stock in a blender and puree. Whip out the food processor and fire up the grill because you'll need these essential tools to clone one of the best restaurant salsas in the business. Now you just have to decide if you want to make the more traditional salted pretzels, or the sweet cinnamon sugar-coated kind. Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur. Menu Salads ... and sour cream with salsa Baja and with your choice of protein. ... Pico DE Gallo Salsa and Choice of Meat. After some trial and error in the underground lab, I found that recreating the secret sauce from scratch is easy enough with a couple small cans of sliced mushrooms, a bit of prosciutto, some Marsala wine, shallots, garlic and a few other good things. Pico de Gallo. For the best quality dough, you just need all-purpose flour. Select a protein option *2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs … You can add your choice of cheese, plus guacamole and sour cream for a super-deluxe clone version. Served with your choice of fire-grilled chicken, steak or pork carnitas and flour or corn tortillas. The real recipe at Del Taco comes with two thin corn tortillas, but sometimes the only available corn tortillas in consumer markets are the thicker ones. Once the wings are fried to a golden brown, toss them with the baste in a bowl, then grab the grated Parm and make it snow. It’s hard, I know. Greek immigrants who entered the U.S. through Ellis Island adapted a recipe for the hot dogs they ate while visiting Coney Island, New York, on their way to the Midwest. Every salsa ever made has onions in it, but I am NOT an onion person (can’t stand them!) Mix everything together and load the ingredients into a standard 12-cup muffin pan with circles of parchment paper cut out to fit into the bottom of the 12 cups. Your choice of salsa from our salsa bar containing 6 salsas made fresh every day. Baja BBQ Chicken Salad Fresh salad greens and kale, onion, bell pepper, jicama, tortilla strips, roasted corn, black beans, tomatoes, avocado and tossed with … Let’s call him Skippy. Fresh salad greens and kale, onion, bell pepper, jicama, tortilla strips, roasted corn, black beans, tomatoes and avocado, tossed with Baja BBQ dressing. And now if you're craving French fries, try my Mcdonald's Fries copycat recipe here. Your email address will not be published. (KFC has the number-one slot, followed by Church's Chicken). So, we'll invite some cold butter along on the trip -- with grated Cheddar cheese and a little garlic powder. For this recipe, just two russet potatoes are all it takes to make the equivalent of a large serving of fried potato wedges, which will be enough for at least four people. You can find this bright red sauce where the Asian foods in your market—and while you're there, pick up some rice vinegar. One ingredient he conspicuously left out of the recipe is the secret layer of Cheddar cheese located near the middle of the stack. Be sure to grind it fine before using it. Cayenne pepper and white pepper bring the heat to this crispy fried chicken hack. The first two days it was sold out before I got to the front of the line. Source: Even More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. Instead, we get things like Burger King to take the place of El Pollo Loco (Burger King? To get their Extra Crispy Chicken so crispy KFC breads the chicken two times. A home clone is easy when you toss crispy wings in this hack of the top secret baste and top them with a snowfall of good Parmesan cheese. So successful was the chain with chicken, that the company quickly decided it was time to introduce other entree selections, the first of which was a delicious barbecue sauce-covered ground sirloin meatloaf. Use a food processor to mix this one up (everything but the cilantro and onion goes in there) and prepare for a delicious, spicy concoction that you can pour over your favorite homemade Mexican-style dishes, from taco salads to fajitas. You can make the dough with a stand mixer or a handheld one, the only difference being that you must knead the dough by hand without a stand mixer. The first bite you take will make you think of a fresh cinnamon roll, and then you can’t stop eating it. The sauce recipes might look the same at first, but each has slight variations make your sauce hotter or milder by adjusting the level of cayenne pepper. Many of the copycat Auntie Anne's soft pretzel recipes passed around the Web require bread flour, and some use honey as a sweetener. It wasn’t long before two different restaurants threatened to sue for that name—Z’Tejas in Arizona and Azteca in Washington—and the partners were forced to change the name yet again. Choose from: Pico de Gallo, 6 Chiles, Baja, Mango, Molcajete or Verde. Commercially produced breads that are this dark—such as pumpernickel or dark bran muffins–often contain caramel color, an ingredient used to darken foods. Today Pancho's El Pollo Loco is the number one quick-service, flame-broiled chicken chain in America. Just make sure you follow directions and turn up the heat on the tomatoes & jalapenos, more burnt the better :), Product has been added to your cart, Buffalo Wild Wings Buffalo Wings and Sauces, KFC Extra Crispy Fried Chicken (Improved), Einstein Bros. Bagels Twice-Baked Hash Brown, Chipotle Mexican Grill Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette, Outback Steakhouse Honey Wheat Bushman Bread. Build it, sauce it, serve it. I've cloned a lot of the best dishes from P.F. I decided the best Coney dog to hack is from American Coney Island, not only because of the restaurant’s deep history, but also because I was able to order the chili dogs shipped to my house in a kit. Warm soft grilled corn tortillas filled with your favorite protein and topped with freshly made salsa, fresh onions, and cilantro. Served with freshly made tortilla chips. Once the sauce is finished all you have to do is saute your chicken and combine. The sauce is the secret, and it's quick to make right on your own stovetop. This recipe will make two servings of the dish and includes preparation for the tenderloins and sauce. Give yourself an extra hour for this important marinating step. Choice of chicken, steak, or shrimp over romaine lettuce, cotija cheese, freshly made pico de gallo and tortilla strips with your choice of dressing. Now you have a dozen servings of cheesy hash brown potatoes that are easy to finish off by baking them a second time until crispy. we'll have our gluten free cake and eat it, too. It was a great tip, and fortunately, we caught that moment on camera and you can see it in the show. Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur. I call it black salsa, but I guess it’s real name is something like fire-roasted or charred tomato salsa. Now, how about a copycat Roadhouse Grill Roadhouse Rita to wash down those ribs. Choose from: Pico de Gallo, 6 Chiles, Baja, Mango, Molcajete or Verde. That is where Thomas created skillet bread that would one day become the famous muffins known for their craggy texture when split in half. In Zagat's 1995 New York City Restaurant Survey, Le Cirque 2000, one of the city's most upscale restaurants, received a 25 rating out of a possible 30. Served with freshly made tortilla chips. Fire up that grill to make this amazing Baja Fresh style “black” salsa. For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. This recipe will make enough sauce for two pizzas. But that plan was scrapped when, after selling many of the under-performing Boston Markets, the chain began to fly once again. Menu Description: "Our award-winning Baby Back Ribs are slow-roasted, then basted with Jim Beam Bourbon BBQ Sauce and finished on our Mesquite grill." Serves 2. Served with freshly made tortilla chips. Try Baja Fresh ® today and discover the difference that fresh food can make. The first El Pollo Loco in the United States opened in Los Angeles in December 1980 and was an immediate success. After braising about 30 pounds of chuck roasts, I finally discovered the perfect clone with a taste-alike adobo sauce that fills your roast with flavor as it slowly cooks to a fork-tender delicacy on your stovetop over 5 to 6 hours. As you're waiting for your food to come out, that's when you hit up the salsa bar, where you'll find several varieties of delicious fresh salsa, from hot to mild, ready to be spooned into little tubs that you can take to your table or to your car. Today the company is part of the Sara Lee Corporation, and Jimmy retired as company spokesman in 2004. How does the bread get so dark? I ordered a giant Diet Pepsi and parked myself at a close table to watch the process. Discovering the secret to making rolls at home that taste as good as the real ones involved making numerous batches of dough, each one sweeter than the last (sweetened with sugar, not honey—I checked), until a very sticky batch, proofed for 2 hours, produced exactly what I was looking for. Bake them the first time for 30 minutes, then cool and store. Because the habanero peppers are roasted, and the seeds are removed, you can enjoy the complex flavor of the habanero without your taste buds being numbed by the heat. This recipe includes a marsala sauce that even marsala sauce haters will like. You can use this sauce on grilled chicken, pork, ribs, salmon or anything you can think of that would benefit from the sweet, sour and spicy flavors that come from an island-style baste. Then you can use your freshly cloned carnitas on tacos, in burritos, or in a bowl over rice and beans just like they do in the restaurant. Soon McDonald's stepped in to purchase the company, with the idea of closing many of the stores for good, and slapping Golden Arches on the rest. I've included a simple technique here for making the breaded fried onions from scratch (for the most accurate clone), but you can skip that step by substituting French's canned French Fried Onions that are sold in most markets. At Baja Fresh ® we believe eating well is a way of life and a state of mind. I made this today, but my salsa isn’t close to black. When the muffins have had their rest, split them with a fork and toast them as you would any English muffin. Panda Express—now over 700 restaurants strong—is the fastest-growing Asian food chain in the world. Source: More Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. At Benihana this dish is prepared by chefs with precooked rice on open hibachi grills, and is ordered a la cart to complement any Benihana entree, including Hibachi Steak and Chicken. After a couple days in the underground lab with Starbucks lattes on intravenous drip, I came out, squinting at the bright sunshine, with a solution to the chili conundrum. For many years this recipe has been the most-searched-for clone recipe on the Internet, according to Red Lobster. The dough you'll make here is like a ciabatta dough in that it is very wet. You'll want to cook up some white or brown rice, like at the restaurant. Regarding the cheese: be sure your cheese is at room temperature, not cold, or it may not melt all the way through. OMG, me neither!! As a side note, Olive Garden’s menu says the dish comes with ruffled pappardelle pasta, but it’s actually mafaldine, a narrower noodle with curly edges (shown in the top right corner of the photo). We’ll combine those two shmears into one blend by doubling the cream cheese added to our onion-and-chive schmear formula. We are kindred spirits for sure!