15 Copycat appetizer recipes for making your favorite restaurant bites

May 6, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET
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Everybody loves those amazing restaurant appetizers, but what if you could make them at home anytime you wanted? Our favorite copycat recipes for restaurant appetizers will help you do just that.

1. Chili's Southwest egg rolls with avocado dipping sauce recipe

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There's just something about biting into Chili's crispy Southwest egg rolls dripping with that creamy avocado dip that makes you want to just eat the whole plateful and skip your entrée.

2. Copycat Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits recipe

cheddar bay biscuits

Even if you hate seafood, it's hard not to take a chance on Red Lobster every once in a while just to bite into one of their glorious, crumbly, fluffy, cheesy cheddar bay biscuits.

3. Outback Steakhouse's bloomin' onion copycat recipe

bloomin' onion

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A more appropriate name for this recipe would be "how to win friends and impress people." Author Emma Chapman gives perfect, detailed, step-by-step instructions (with photos) to copy the Outback Steakhouse bloomin' onion with dipping sauce suggestions.

4. Olive Garden zuppa Toscana soup copycat recipe

Tuscan soup

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Olive Garden makes some of the best soups you can get when dining out. Try this gorgeous zuppa Toscana recipe before your next Italian meal.

5. Ikea Swedish meatballs copycat recipe

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For some people, it's hard to resist these little Swedish balls of meaty goodness when they go to Ikea. And yes, it is wrong to leave your kids in Småland while you indulge.

6. Copycat Bonefish Grill bang bang shrimp

copycat bonefish grill shrimp

How could you go wrong with crunchy shrimp drowning in a spicy cream sauce?

7. Olive Garden artichoke-spinach dip copycat recipe

artichoke-spinach dip

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I'm sure no one is surprised more than one Olive Garden copycat made this list. Their artichoke-spinach dip is crave-able. As an added bonus, the ladies as Six Sisters also give you a copycat for an entire OG date night!

8. Chili's chicken enchilada soup slow cooker recipe

chicken enchilada soup

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Chili's chicken enchilada soup is one of my favorites. This copycat version can be made in your slow cooker, making it as easy as it is delish.

9. P.F. Chang's chicken lettuce wraps copycat recipe

chicken lettuce wraps

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This recipe for P.F. Chang's chicken lettuce wraps isn't just yummy — it takes only 20 minutes.

10. Pizza Hut cheese bread copycat recipe

pizza hut cheese bread

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Pizza Hut's cheese bread is one of my guilty pleasures. That garlicky, melty concoction is often the sole reason I even order there.

11. Wendy's copycat chili

wendy's chilli

Whether you eat it as an appetizer or a meal, Wendy's chili is a real crowd-pleaser if you're cooking for people who can't take too much spice.

12. T.G.I. Friday's green bean fries copycat recipe — the baked version

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The only thing that sucks about T.G.I. Friday's green bean fries is all that fat in something that should be healthy. Check out this lower-fat baked version with a light wasabi dipping sauce for guilt-free enjoyment.

13. Hooters' Buffalo wings copycat recipe

hooter's wings

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Hooters is known for more than just scantily clad waitresses. Their hot wings are out of this world. This copycat recipe is a little more comfortable than being waited on by someone wearing that crazy color of orange, anyway (seriously… someone's going to have to explain that branding decision to me).

14. Panda Express cream cheese wontons copycat recipe

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Cream cheese wontons are always good, but we really love that these Panda Express-style cream cheese wontons are inexpensive and freezable!

15. Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl copycat recipe

broccoli cheese soup

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Panera has so many great soups, it's hard to choose just one, but everyone loves broccoli cheese soup, so it wins!

What are your favorite copycat appetizer recipes? Sound off in the comments below.

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