friday fun finds: copycat dinner

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It’s back to snowing here in Denver… which is not great news for my sunshine-loving, ready-for-spring heart.  However, it IS the perfect weather for warm, creamy soup recipes.  With this in mind, last night for dinner, we made a knock-off version of Panera Bread’s potato soup recipe paired with a copycat recipe for Red Lobster’s cheddar biscuits.  I have to say, the whole thing turned out just splendidly.  Splendidly enough, in fact, for me to pass on the info to y’all so you can have a Panera-and-Red-Lobster copycat dinner as well.

Copycat Panera Bread Potato Soup
4 c chicken broth
4 c peeled and cubed potatoes
1/4 c minced onion
1/2 t seasoning salt
1/4 t white pepper
1/4 t ground red pepper
1 package cream cheese (8 oz, we used light), cut into chunks
Combine broth, potatoes, onion, and spices.Boil on medium heat until potatoes are tender.Smash a few of the potatoes to release their starch for thickening.Reduce to low heat.Add cream cheese.Heat, stirring frequently, until cheese melts.
***Two notes
1- We added a couple cups of broccoli as well because Burke loves it.  I’d recommend it.
2- Before we added the cream cheese, I pureed some broth, about a fourth of the potatoes and the cream cheese in the food processor (something we thought to try after we made this soup last time and the cream cheese melted a little unevenly).  Very creamy.  Again, I’d recommend it. 🙂

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits
2 c bisquick (I used the healthy kind)
2/3 c milk
1/2 c cheddar cheese
1/2 c butter, melted (umm, I think we used about 2 tablespoons of butter… I think they’d be tastier with more, but I couldn’t bring myself to melt a whole stick of butter to use on our dinner biscuits)
1/4 t garlic powder

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Mix bisquick, milk and cheese until a soft dough forms. Drop by spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes or until golden brown.Mix butter or margarine and garlic powder. Brush mixture over warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.

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  1. Thanks for inviting me to the party! Love your blog- I am a new follower!
    Have a great day,
    Courtney@ RedHeadsCraftMoreFun

  2. Thanks for the party invite! This is the best way to get my name out there. That soup looks delicious! I am going to give it a try.

  3. Thanks for inviting me to the party – I totally missed the window for posting my link. Sorry! I'm following now, so hopefully I won't miss it next week!

  4. These exact cheddar garlic biscuits have been a favorite around the Hoffman House for years. Our favorite way to devour them is crumbled or dipped in a hearty chicken chili. Yum!

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