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    I Made 7 Cult-Favorite Restaurant Recipes To See What Actually Works

    And yes, there are secret ingredients.

    Hey, I'm Hannah from BuzzFeed's food team. I love to cook, I love to eat, and I spend a lot of time browsing Pinterest for recipe inspiration.

    Recently, I’ve noticed a topic taking over my Pinterest feed has been chain restaurant copycat recipes— you know, recreations of popular foods from nationwide restaurants like McDonald's and Applebees.

    I started to wonder: Is it actually possible to recreate these restaurant favorites at home? And how do they stack up to the real things?

    So I decided to test out some of the most popular copycat recipes on Pinterest. I made sure to choose dishes from restaurants with locations all around the country (or at least in most states). Then, I got cookin'.

    1. McDonald's McGriddle Breakfast Sandwich

    Here's what you need:

    Step one: Fry some bacon and make pancakes.

    Then, assemble all the cooked ingredients into a sandwich.

    Then, throw the sandwich back on the pan for a minute or two until everything is melted together.

    The winner: It's a tie

    2. Panera Bread Broccoli Cheddar Soup

    Here's what you need:

    This recipe is simple and it comes together really quickly.

    You could purée it for a smoother texture, or leave it chunky with pieces of broccoli and carrots.

    The winner: Panera Bread

    3. IKEA Swedish Meatballs

    Here's what you need:

    I pan-fried the meatballs while I simultaneously simmered the gravy to save some cooking time.

    The meatballs were delicious and tasted the way homemade meatballs should. But I should have made them smaller to look more like IKEA's version.

    The winner: IKEA

    4. Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

    Here's what you need:

    The greatest challenge I faced was folding my crunchwrap.

    But the end result was awesome.

    The winner: Homemade version

    5. Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad

    Here's what you need:

    You can cut back on cooking time if you plan ahead. You can make a big batch of the dressing and keep it in the fridge and you can marinate the chicken overnight.

    This was everything I ever want in a salad. It's healthy-ish, but still a meal you can get excited about.

    The winner: It's a tie

    6. Cheesecake Factory Original Cheesecake

    Here's what you need:

    If you have a food processor and a stand mixer, making this cheesecake is easy pease. But if, like me, you have neither, you'll have to work a bit more.

    Overall, the cheesecake was a success, even if it took a bit of work.

    The winner: Cheesecake Factory

    7. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

    Here's what you need:

    After about 20 minutes in the oven, you'll have warm, flaky biscuits.

    The texture of my biscuits was a little denser than the real thing, but they were also cheesier and richer.

    The winner: Homemade version

    Do you have a favorite copycat recipe you make at home? Tell us in the comments below.