Visiting places with the family can be so expensive sometimes, especially with minimum family of 6.
Is it not better – to try and get some practices done indoor – sure the family will enjoy the meal better than expected.
Why don’t you give it a try - Whether by trial-and-error, a Google recipe or helpful hints gotten straight from the restaurant, recreating a favorite dish can be challenging, but oh-so rewarding. Plus, it can save so much money to stay in and cook rather than go searching for the favorite dish.
Start with the basics. Identify which dish is being recreated, remember the flavors involved and research how something like that it cooked. By looking up simple alfredo sauce recipes, there is a simple base flavor to begin with. Add seasonings, play with the cheese used, think of how it tasted at the restaurant and trust those taste buds. Now, Google is always available in these situations to give a quick fix and take the guess work out of the equation and give the exact (or very close) recipe but if adventure and challenge is part of the goal, then avoid looking up exact recipes.
You can always go to the restaurant sometime before attempting the recreation, to get a fresh taste of the dish, to take notes about the flavors detected and to ask questions about the dish. Waiters and waitresses often know a good deal about each dish so they can be asked questions like what is the sweetness in the sauce? Or the spice throughout the dish that brings it all together? A list of ingredients can usually be provided as well as an aid in preventing allergy conflictions so asking for that is an option as well.
Once the base is established, adding all the layers of the dish is key. Spices like salt and pepper, as well as garlic and a protein are more or less dependent on the tastes of whoever is cooking it. When recreating a dish, accepting the fact that it won’t be identical to the restaurant’s dish is especially important or else hours of trial-and-error would be spent in the kitchen trying to perfect something that can’t be perfected. Its finding a recipe that is as close to the original dish and liking it that is vital to the recreation of the dish.
Having fun while putting everything together is just an added benefit. Making it into a date night activity, a family competition or a personal challenge can make the dish that much better just because fun was had while working to the end dish. Depending on what is being made, a dish that serves 4 people can average around thirty dollars, while four people going out to dinner can easily be upwards of 80 or 90 dollars. It’s fun, rewarding and a new experience to recreate a restaurant-worthy dish and it frequently makes the “what can I do today?” lists