Kitchen Helpline: Restaurant Secrets
We know you love to eat out just as much as you love to cook at home, so we want to help you recreate your favorite restaurant dishes. Here's how to master your most-requested restaurant items at home.
Question 1: "How do I make those delicious breadsticks from the Italian restaurant?"
Making restaurant-style breadsticks at home is easier than you might think. Start in the freezer section of your grocery store and pick up a box of breadsticks (unseasoned or garlic flavored work best). Bake them according to the package instructions. Now for the secret ingredients: to get that yummy restaurant flavor, spray them with butter-flavored cooking spray while the sticks are still warm and then sprinkle them with garlic salt.
Question 2: "Why do the chips and salsa at the Mexican restaurant taste so much better than at home?"
Typically, restaurants fry their own chips, then serve them warm. The key to making your chips at home taste just as good is to heat them in the oven and season them up. Take a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and evenly spread them on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F until warm and golden, 5 to 8 minutes. Once they are hot, season them with a little chili powder and lime juice. The contrast of the hot chip with cold salsa will have you feeling like you're at a Mexican restaurant.
Question 3: "How can I make that creamy, spicy fried shrimp appetizer that is on so many menus?"
To make fried shrimp with sweet and spicy sauce at home, start with store-bought popcorn shrimp right out of the freezer section, then bake them according to the package instructions. While you wait for the shrimp to heat up, mix together the creamy, sweet and spicy sauce. See The Kitchen's recipe on Foodnetwork.com.
Finally, the secrets are out!