I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I really miss my local Macaroni Grill. However, since they closed the location near me, I’ve been getting my fix by recreating their dishes at home. Most times it comes out even better!
8 to 10 ounces sliced thin boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 ounce diced Andouille or smoked sausage
1/4 ounce diced carrots
1/4 ounce diced red bell pepper
1/4 ounce diced celery
1/4 ounce diced onion
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 ounce olive oil
2 ounces soy sauce
1 splash white wine
1 cup orange juice
Cut whole breast in half, and then from side to side, resulting in 4 breast shaped slices of chicken. Dip in the soy sauce. In a hot pan, start with olive oil, then add carrots, red bell peppers, and Andouille; saute for 2 minutes. Add celery and onion; saute for 2 minutes. Look for clear onions, and slight burning on edges of vegetables. Add chicken to pan, searing both sides, while scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. Add garlic. De-glaze with white wine; add orange juice and reduce by half. The sauce should have a rich brown color, with a slight hint of orange. Serve with white rice and steamed broccoli.
Here is another classic copycat recipe from Volume 2 of America’s Most Wanted Recipes!
9 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsifted semolina flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons quick-rising dry yeast
1 1/2 cups hot milk (between 120 to 130 degrees F)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
1. Pour a 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil into a 9-inch square cake pan; spread to cover bottom and sides.
2. Place all-purpose flour, semolina flour, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and all of the yeast in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook or you can mix by hand.
3. Mix ingredients on medium speed. Reduce speed to low and slowly add hot milk. Increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for 5 minutes, then knead about 10 minutes by hand.
4. Dust the bottom of cake pan with a little flour. Remove dough from bowl and spread out evenly in pan. Cover with a towel and let it rest for 30 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
6. Remove towel and brush dough with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Dust the top with additional salt and rosemary. Bake for 20 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining oil.
Last month they closed down my local Macaroni Grill. My girlfriend and I loved to dine there! Once I learned this news I went right to the web and found that the nearest Macaroni Grill is over an hour away! I’m not worried though, I’ll just recreate my favorite dishes at home at a fraction of the cost of eating out. I hope you enjoy this copycat recipe for Macaroni Grill’s Penne Rustica
2 teaspoon Butter
2 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
1 cup marsala wine
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 cups heavy cream
Saute butter, garlic , and rosemary until garlic begins to brown but do not burn the garlic.
Add marsala wine and then reduce by one-third. Add remaining ingredients and reduce by half of original volume.
1 oz. pancetta or bacon
18 shrimp peeled and deveined
12 oz. grilled chicken breast, sliced
4 1/2 cups of granita sauce
3 lbs. cooked Penne Pasta
3 teaspoons pimentos, minced
6 oz. butter
1 teaspoon chopped shallots
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Saute pancetta until it begins to brown. Add butter, shallots, and shrimp. Cook until shrimp are evenly pick but still translucent, you do not want to overcook the shrimp or else it will be rubbery. Add chicken, salt, pepper, and mix thoroughly. Add granita sauce and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and simmer until the sauce thickens.
In a large bowl, combine shrimp and chicken mixture with precooked pasta. Place this mixture into single serving dishes or one large casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and pimentos and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 475 degrees F for 10-15 minutes. Remove and garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs.
Every time I eat at Macaroni Grill, I face the same problem… I’m always way to stuffed to order dessert! The solution? I prepare some of my favorite Macaroni Grill desserts at home. Enjoy this delicious chocolate peanut butter cake.
3/4 cup Unsalted butter
3/4 cup Creamy style peanut butter
2 cups Packed brown sugar
2 cup Unsifted all purpose flour
1 tablespoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Peanut Butter Filling:
1 cup Cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup Creamy style peanut butter
4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1/2 cup Cocoa
1 cup Unsifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9″ cake pans.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and peanut butter until it becomes
fluffy. Mix in brown sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after
3. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour
mixture to butter mixture with milk and blend. Add vanilla.
4. Pour batter into pans. Bake until cake tests done, about 45 minutes.
Cool on wire rack to room temperature before frosting the cake.
5. Spread 3/4 cup peanut butter filling over tops of each cake. Let chill.
6. Spread half of warm Chocolate Glaze over peanut butter topping
on each cake, using metal spatula dipped in hot water. The glaze will
cool as it thickens.
Peanut Butter Filling: Cream ingredients together until fluffy.
Chocolate Glaze: Place water and butter in small saucepan. Bring to
boil.Add cocoa, sugar and vanilla to water mixture. Mix until
Makes 2 Cakes