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    Score: 4.22. Votes: 9

    Pizza Hut added buffalo wings to the chain’s menu in 1995, and as the popularity of wings began to grow Yum! Brands (the parent company of Pizza Hut) created WingStreet in 2003 offering 8 different sauces on wings cooked 3 different ways. The WingStreet stores are almost always co-located in Pizza Hut stores so that you can get 7, 14, or 22 wings delivered right to your door along with your pizza. The chain offers several flavors of wings to choose from, but the most popular are always the traditional bone-in unbreaded wings with the spicy buffalo sauce that comes in either burnin’ hot, medium, or mild heat. The chain's medium sauce was named the “Best Medium Traditional Wing Sauce” in 2006, 2008, and 2009 at the National Buffalo Wing Festival held in Buffalo, New York every fall. You can use butter here instead of margarine but if you want the closest copy of the award-winning WingStreet originals, margarine is the way to go. Also, be sure the wings you use are small—there should be about 14 wings in 1½ pounds.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 4.95. Votes: 20

    The secret to perfect pan pizza is pressing the dough into a well-oiled pan (Pizza Hut uses soybean oil), then the pan is covered and the dough rises in a heated cabinet for 45 to 60 minutes. When the dough is topped, the edge is sprayed with a butter-flavored “food release” and the pie is baked at 500 degrees F until perfectly browned on top. You can use a 9-inch, 12-inch, or 15-inch deep dish pizza pan or cake pan for this recipe, and you’ll want to preheat your oven with a pizza stone in it to simulate the type of oven used at the chain. The hot ceramic surface of the pizza stone will cause the oil in the pan to cook the bottom of the dough so that it’s brown and crispy like an authentic pan pizza crust should be. I tried making the dough with cake flour, all-purpose flour, superfine “00” flour, bread flour and many combinations of these different flours which all contain varying amounts of gluten. I even tried rising the dough slowly in the refrigerator for various lengths of time as long as up to four days. But after a month of testing and about 30 pan pizzas later, I found the best dough to be straight bread flour, and to let the dough rise at room temperature. I did find that if you let the dough rest for at least 4 hours before the final rise in the pizza pan you will get the best texture with the perfect chewy bite to it. 

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 5.00. Votes: 1

    Menu Description: “Wood-grilled, bacon-wrapped sea scallops with a sweet peach-bourbon BBQ sauce, over crispy onion rings with pico de gallo.”

    You want a great way to serve scallops? Here it is. This appetizer features scallops wrapped with bacon, skewered, grilled, then smothered in a super secret sweet sauce and topped with fresh pico de gallo. As a bonus, they’re served with a side of crispy thin onion rings. When you get it all into your mouth at once, you’ll instantly know why this appetizer is so popular. I recommend using medium-size sea scallops that are all about the same size so that they each take the same amount of time to cook. You can wrap the scallops with center-cut bacon—a shorter bacon strip—or you can use the standard-size bacon and just cut off the ends. What’s nice about this dish is that you can make it a couple hours ahead of time by preparing the pico de gallo and sauce, baking the scallops, wrapping them with bacon, and then storing them covered in the refrigerator until grill time. When you are ready to serve the dish, make the crispy onions rings, grill the scallops, and serve them with the sauce poured over the top.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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    Menu Description: “Lobster cognac butter sauce.” 

    Next time you make lobster, save the shells, because that’s what you’ll need for the delicious lobster cognac sauce that makes this signature entrée from Roy’s so special. This recipe is great for entertaining, not only for the nice presentation, but also because the two sauces can be made in advance and chilled, then reheated in small saucepans—or even in the microwave—just before preparing the fish.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.
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    Roy’s chefs bake this signature “lava cake” dessert in parchment paper-lined metal cylindrical molds that are slipped off the soufflé when plating the dish. Fortunately we don’t have to locate a restaurant supply outlet to obtain similar molds when the tool we need is easily found in every supermarket. Save the 4-ounce cans that hold diced peppers or whatever you may find that comes in small cans with a 2 ½-inch diameter. Cut off the top and bottom, remove the labels, wash the cans, and you have the exact same size molds as those used at Roy’s. The recipe for the batter is simple with only 4 ingredients, but plan ahead for this dessert because the batter needs to chill in the molds before baking so that the centers stay gooey and uncooked like the original.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 5.00. Votes: 1

    Oprah named this blended concoction from the New York City-based Serendipity 3 one of her “Favorite Things” in 2006 saying that it makes her want to “dance on the chandeliers.”  Started in a basement on East 58th Street in 1954, Serendipity 3 has been a top stop for many celebrities though the years. Tennessee Williams and Jackie Kennedy were regulars. Andy Warhol used to pay for his meals with original drawings. With locations now open in Boca Raton and Las Vegas, Serendipity 3 is more than just a sweet shop, and also serves omelettes, salads, pizza and ribs. But the joint is best known for its Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, which is ordered by around 10,000 customers each month. In the restaurant each frosty creation is made by combining a secret dry mix with milk and ice in a blender on high speed until smooth. The dessert is poured into a huge goblet, topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and served with spoons and straws. The chain claims the secret mix is a blend of many different chocolates, and then released a recipe to the Oprah Winfrey Show a while back (posted on the show’s website) which supposedly revealed the secret formula. But it appears to be way off. The recipe given to Oprah says to use 6 half-ounce pieces “of your favorite chocolate,” but the chocolate in the restaurant’s secret dry mix comes only from cocoa powders. Also the recipe doesn’t mention anything about nonfat dry milk which is a big part of the dry mix. All you have to do is look at the ingredient list on the package of mix to see “sugar, nonfat dry milk, dextrose, and cocoas.” That’s it. But you don’t need to order a 5-dollar package of mix to enjoy this dessert. I'll save you a little time and money with this original and top-secret Serendipity 3 Frrrozen hot chocolate recipe I've worked up which uses three popular brands of cocoa, plus dry milk and sugar. Blend this mix with whole milk and ice and you’ll have a delicious (and cheap!) clone of Oprah’s favorite drink that tastes better than any recipe out there.

    Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

    Watch Todd make Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate in this video.

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    Score: 4.16. Votes: 19

    The biggest difference I find with Panera's formula versus other onion soup recipes is the inclusion of a small, almost undetectable, bit of tomato sauce. But rather than opening up a whole can of tomato sauce to use just 1 tablespoon in this home kitchen copy, I found that a squirt of ketchup works perfectly. Panera Bread also makes their soup with just a bit of heat, so we'll add a little Tabasco pepper sauce to the pot to wake everything up. The croutons on top of the soup appear to be made from the chain's focaccia bread that has been buttered, cubed, and toasted until crispy, but you can use any bread you may have on hand. As for the cheese on top, the menu says it's Asiago-Parmesan, but the cheese I tasted was more Asiago than Parmesan, so you'll need to use only Asiago cheese (that's been shaved using a potato peeler) for a great clone.

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 4.00. Votes: 6

    There's no chocolate in it. Or coffee. Or Coca-Cola. The ingredient rumors for the Skyline Chili secret recipe are plentiful on the Internet, but anyone can purchase cans of Skyline chili from the company and find the ingredients listed right on the label: beef, water, tomato paste, dried torula yeast, salt, spices, cornstarch, and natural flavors. You can trust that if chocolate were included in the secret recipe, the label would reflect it—important information for people with a chocolate allergy. All it takes to recreate the unique flavor of Skyline is a special blend of easy-to-find spices plus beef broth and a few other not-so-unusual ingredients. Let the chili simmer for an hour or so, then serve it up on its own or in one of the traditional Cincinnati-style serving suggestions (the "ways" they call 'em) with the chili poured over spaghetti noodles, topped with grated Cheddar cheese and other good stuff: 

         3-Way: Pour chili over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with grated Cheddar cheese. 
         4-Way: Add a couple teaspoons of grated onion before adding the cheese. 
         5-Way: Add cooked red beans over the onions before adding the cheese.

    If you're a fan of this hearty dish, you may also like my clone recipes for other popular soups and chilis here

    Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 3.25. Votes: 4

    In 2007 America's number one Cajun-style restaurant celebrated its 35th birthday with 1,583 stores worldwide. But Popeyes didn't start out with the name that most people associate with a certain spinach-eating cartoon character. When Al Copeland opened his first Southern-fried chicken stand in New Orleans in 1972, it was called Chicken On The Run. The name was later changed to Popeyes after Gene Hackman's character in the movie The French Connection. In addition to great spicy fried chicken, Popeyes serves up wonderful Southern-style buttermilk biscuits that we can now easily duplicate to serve with a variety of home cooked meals. The secret is to cut cold butter into the mix with a pastry knife so that the biscuits turn out flaky and tender just like the originals.

    Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

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    Score: 3.50. Votes: 2

    Ah, chicken gizzard. It took me more than eighteen years to find a recipe that requires chicken gizzard -- not that I was looking for one. But I've seen the ingredients list on the box that comes from the supplier for the Cajun gravy from Popeyes, and if we're gonna do this one right I think there's got to be some gizzard in there. The gizzard is a small organ found in the lower stomach of a chicken, and your butcher should be able to get one for you. After you saute and chop the gizzard, it is simmered with the other ingredients until you have a thick, authentic Southern gravy that goes great over the Popeyes Buttermilk Biscuits clone, or onto whatever begs to be swimming in pure flavor. Get ready for some of the best gravy that's ever come off your stovetop.

    Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

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