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Big Boy Recipes

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Big Boy recipes, a helpful guide to preparing your favorite dishes from the Big Boy menu at home. These copycat recipes are typically not based on exactly the method used at Big Boy, but are modeled closely on the flavor and texture of Big Boy's food, making it easier than ever to bring these great tastes to your house for cheap.

Big Boy is a chain of restaurants best known for its triple-layer cheeseburger, the Double Deck. Founded in 1936 in Glendale, CA, the company operates more than 1,000 restaurants. In addition to burgers (two beef patties, sesame-seed bun, single slice of cheese, signature Big Boy special sauce), the restaurant also offers breakfast items, salads, and desserts.

From the cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster to the amazing sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings, it's always tempting to go out for a delicious treat at one of the numerous chain and franchise restaurants dotting the landscape. But eating out at restaurants all the time can be a costly proposition. Not to mention the fact that, at restaurants, you have no portion control, and can't alter the recipes, ingredients or style of cooking to suit your own taste.

Making Big Boy recipes in your home gives you all of these options, while saving you money, and providing the same great diversity and taste that you'd find at your favorite casual dining spot. This list collections the best copycat Big Boy recipes from around the Web.

What are some of the Big Boy restaurant recipes? Take a look at this list and you'll have that answer.

  • 5

    Smothered Chicken

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    1/2 cup butter
    1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    3 cups chopped yellow onions
    1 cup chopped celery
    3 cloves garlic, chopped
    2 cups chopped carrots
    3 cups chicken broth
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    2 teaspoons salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

    - Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
    - Season chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
    - Dredge in 3/4 cup flour, place in the skillet, and brown on all sides.
    - Set chicken aside, and drain skillet, reserving about 1 tablespoon butter.
    - Reduce skillet heat to medium-low, and stir in onions, celery, garlic, and carrots.
    - Cook 5 minutes, until tender.
    - Stir in the flour, and cook 5 minutes more.
    - Pour in the chicken broth, season with cayenne pepper, and remaining salt and pepper.
    - Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low.
    - Return chicken to the skillet, cover, and continue cooking 30 minutes, until chicken juices run clear and gravy has thickened.
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  • 6

    Sunrise Slim Jim

    6 ounces thinly sliced Virginia baked ham
    3 ounces thinly sliced natural Swiss cheese
    1 (6- or 8-inch) hoagie or sub-style sandwich roll
    4 thin tomato slices
    shredded lettuce
    sandwich sauce or Thousand Island salad dressing
    1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened

    - Heat a griddle or large skillet over medium-high heat.
    - Butter the inside of the sandwich roll, both top and bottom, and lightly brown on the griddle.
    - Remove bread from griddle.
    - On the bottom of the sandwich roll arrange (in order) ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato.
    - Spread the top of the roll with sandwich sauce and place on top of the assembled sandwich.
    - Place sandwich on griddle (bottom down) and weight with a heavy metal pan lid.
    - Grill sandwich until the cheese melts.
    - Cut in half, garnish with a dill pickle spear and serve with potato chips or hand-cut french fries.
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  • 7

    Blueberry Pancake

    Photo: flickr / CC0

    2 eggs, separated
    1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    3 tablespoons sugar
    3/4 teasooon salt
    1 cup milk
    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen, thawed

    - In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff; set aside.
    - In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
    - Beat egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl.
    - Add milk and melted butter.
    - Stir egg mixture into dry ingredients
    - Mix until batter is smooth and stir in blueberries.
    - Fold in beaten egg whites.
    - Bake on hot greased griddle.
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  • 8

    Caramel Banana Hotcakes

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    1/2 cup self-raising flour
    1 tablespoon brown sugar
    1 egg
    1/2 cup skim milk
    2 small bananas
    olive oil cooking spray

    - Sift flour into a bowl.
    - Add 2 teaspoons brown sugar.
    - Whisk egg and milk in a jug.
    - Stir into flour mixture until just combined.
    - Mash 1 banana and stir into flour mixture.
    - Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
    - Spray lightly with oil. Using 2 tablespoons batter per hotcake
    - Cook hotcakes 2 at a time for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface.
    -Turn over and cook for 2 minutes or until golden.
    - Remove to a plate.
    - Cover and keep warm.
    - Repeat with remaining batter, spraying pan with oil between batches.
    - Add remaining 2 teaspoons brown sugar to frying pan.
    - Stir in 1/2 cup warm water.
    - Cook, without stirring, for 3 minutes or until thickened slightly.
    - Slice remaining banana into 12 pieces and add to frying pan.
    - Cook for 1 minute or until just warmed through.
    - Remove from heat.
    -Turn banana to coat in sauce.
    - Place 2 hotcakes on each plate.
    -Top with banana and spoon over sauce.
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