&Amp;Quot;Fake Out - Take Out&Amp;Quot; - From The Freezer. - Penny Lane Blog at Allrecipes.com - 268013

Penny Lane

"Fake Out - Take Out" - from the freezer. 
Feb. 20, 2012 7:17 am 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 5:15 pm
"Eating Good in the Neighborhood"....
Nope - that has been used.
"Take Out Fake Out!"
"Freezer Frenzy"

KFC Fake Out Take Out & Baby Back Ribs!

What ever you call it - this was a good week!
I went digging in both the freezer and my recipe box and came up with some gems.

I don't know about you but I consider Baby Back ribs an expensive treat.  At our most popular local BBQ restaurant a full rack of ribs is about $27.00 and a half rack is $24.00   Oh and if you think you can share that rack of ribs they will charge you an additional $6. a plate.  Dinner for 2 can easily come to over $60.   
I pulled from my freezer a full rack of baby backs - cost $10.31
I cooked the whole rack but NB Papa and I shared a half rack and I saved the other half to glaze the finish another night or when Sarah my rib loving grand daughter comes over. 
For about $5. worth of meat plus the cost of the ingredients for the dry rub etc...  which is minimal, we enjoyed a fabulous BBQ dinner.  

Steakhouse Ribs - New York Style

The dry rub for these ribs is spot on. LOVE it! 
I coated the ribs with Deli Mustard as I was out of Dijon - used the dry rub as directed and wrapped in foil, as directed. Onto the grill and after 40 minutes I knew these needed a lower heat for a longer time. I turned the grill down to low and set the rib pack aside- indirect heat  and let it cook. 1 1/2 hours and I opened them up to perfectly cooked ribs. Set aside to cool in the foil package until we were ready for dinner. I cut them into serving size pieces and glazed them with different sauces. The favorite - hands down was the Black Pepper Sauce by Bansankan.
FrackFamily5 featured this product in her blog and it is a keeper!

I served these ribs with left overs from last nights feast including KFC Knockoff Coleslaw.

KFC Knock-Off Coleslaw

I don't always have buttermilk on hand but when I do I make this coleslaw. Cabbage, carrot and a little onion are all cheap and with this dressing make a wonderful slaw. By the way - this is one of the few recipes that I actually measure the ingredients for the dressing.

I am so proud of myself!
I fried chicken without burning it or the stove or burning down the house.
The fire department didn't have to be called and it was a huge success!
A little more chicken is out of the freezer & I didn't add any thing to the freezer!

Heather's Fried Chicken.

To be honest I kind of goofed on this recipe - but it was a good mistake.  
I added 1 Tablespoon of the chicken seasoning to the buttermilk instead of a teaspoon and I added 1 teaspoon of the chicken seasoning to the flour. 

No fried chicken dinner would be complete without mashed potatoes and gravy.  Having had great success with these recipes last week I didn't bother looking for another gravy recipe that needed a picture.  I wanted a TNT good gravy and I was not disappointed.  

Rosy Refrigerator Rolls.
This recipe has been hanging around in my recipe box for a long time.  It is a keeper!  
Soft delicious pillows of goodness.   
They aren't 'rosy' colored but more orange - it doesn't matter, they are wonderful. 

There you have it - my weekend dinners - cooking from the freezer & pantry.   Now I need to start looking for some healthier recipes - I could get used to eating like this.  
Feb. 20, 2012 7:35 am
Wow! Pure yumminess! There are several recipes there I will definitely be trying! Thank you so much for pointing all this out! These give me ideas for my Academy Awards night of TV watching! Yum!!!
Feb. 20, 2012 7:52 am
All your Pictures Look Good. I have always liked the KFC coleslaw. I hate KFCs instant mashed potatoes and gravy. chicken is not bad, but I prefer Bojangles, or Popeyes.
Feb. 20, 2012 8:08 am
Good morning Marianne. I have yet to plan my Oscar Menu. I will have to put my thinking cap on. One thing for sure - these weekend treats were better than anything I have had out in a long time. :)
Feb. 20, 2012 8:13 am
Hi King Sparta. I agree KFC coleslaw is great! I never had liked their mashed potatoes and gravy though. Years ago I used to like KFC chicken but the last time I bought some it wasn't so good and it was pretty pricey. NB Papa likes breasts, I like thighs and I ordered a combo of the two, arriving home to find all thighs and legs. The chicken just didn't taste like I remembered it. I was not happy and have never been back.
Feb. 20, 2012 8:53 am
I love fried chicken and see it as a BIG treat. The DH after much practice has the baby back down to a science. it is the hot wings I'm still working on. Oh boy at their price they are definitely a treat!
Feb. 20, 2012 9:38 am
Hi Cat - NB Papa isn't a big wings fan so I have never really got into making wings - good thing, probably. I can't believe the price of wings! There was a time when they were practically giving them away! Fried anything is kind of rare around here. NB Papa wanted to know if there was a faceless recipe for Fish and Chips - I think he is getting a little too used to 'treats'. :)
Feb. 20, 2012 10:14 am
Everything looks great BN! I've started diving into my freezer & pantry too. Nothing popped up as interesting as your baby back ribs though.
Feb. 20, 2012 10:25 am
WTF, on what planet would a half rack of ribs cost $24 and then you can get the other half for an extra $3? That's silly. Why would anyone ever order just a half? I also think it's ridiculous that they'd charge you to share. I can understand them doing that if it was an all-you-can-eat thing but when you've purchased a dinner, I say you can do whatever the heck you please with it, whether it's eating it all yourself, or sharing it with your 12 family members.
Feb. 20, 2012 10:36 am
Alex - I so totally agree with you! It is one of my many 'beefs'! Yet, people flock to this place. There is another "Deli" type place that serves sandwiches the size of a dinner plate...if you want to 'share' a sandwich they charge $7.00! Again - the place is packed.....I just don't understand it.
Feb. 20, 2012 10:36 am
MB - what did you find in your freezer? It is always an adventure, isn't it?
Feb. 20, 2012 1:18 pm
Love you freezer diving blog and photos. I remember a little while back a thread on how bad pork was for you. Well let me tell you, one look at your Steakhouse ribs and I'm going to the store to make these.
Feb. 20, 2012 1:29 pm
I want to go freezer diving in your freezer... never mind.. just invite me to dinner! I love the KFC recipe for the chicken thanks for the coleslaw recipee! The rub for the ribs is awesome... We stole that one right out of your box!
Feb. 20, 2012 1:47 pm
Lol! I can count on one hand the items in my freezer. I admire your tenacity, B'nana! I have never (really, it's true) made fried chicken. I've done chicken fried steak and chicken fried chicken breasts, but as for taking a whole bird like mom used to do on Sundays, well, I could never match hers anyway:)
Feb. 20, 2012 1:49 pm
Hi bd.weld. Pork, bad for you? NO NO NO! Don't tell me that! Actually, pork in general is pretty lean - it is an affordable protein and is always in my freezer. :) I just remembered to add my review to the rib recipe. I would use the mustard and the rub again in a heart beat. The cooking method - nope. I would wrap in the foil and do them in a low oven (225) for about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. Let cool and finish on the grill. We like them really tender and with my teeth, I can't be fighting with a tough rib. Enjoy your ribs! I hope you find a good deal.
Feb. 20, 2012 1:52 pm
Hi Terry - come for dinner anytime! I have a Beef Fillet, beef rib roast, a prime rib of pork and a turkey in that freezer - we need company and a few days notice to defrost those gems. Like I told bd - I just remembered to review those ribs. Enjoy!
Feb. 20, 2012 2:05 pm
Mangel - My MIL Lois was the queen of fried chicken. I am sure worried about her son marrying a woman who could not fry chicken. It took me 37 years and a faceless recipe but I did it! She has been gone a long time now but I am sure she is smiling in heaven. BTW - I credit the cast iron skillet to my success - Lois would approve! Who says Old Dogs can't learn new tricks?
Feb. 20, 2012 2:16 pm
Oh and Mangel - what is with the handful of items in the freezer? What? You have restraint when you see a 'deal'? :)
Feb. 20, 2012 6:51 pm
BN... Love those cast iron skillets! Jim had to teach me how to fry chicken... please don't tell any one!
Feb. 20, 2012 7:09 pm
Shhhh - mums the word! I won't tell a soul, Terry. At least one of you knew how!
Feb. 20, 2012 7:36 pm
As I am aging my body is telling me it wants meat. All I have in my freezer are nuts, butter, pumpkin, flax & chia seeds, rice & lentil patties and lots of roasted green chilies. Don't think I can make any of your delicious foods with my freezer staples. Thanks for sharing your wonderful cooking....I can almost smell it.
Feb. 21, 2012 5:43 am
Good morning Marie. I need protein, period. For breakfast I honestly cannot eat anything sweet or too many 'fast' carbs or I am 'toast' for the entire day. Odd as it sounds, I have been known to eat cottage cheese and salsa for breakfast. If I have a piece of left over meat & some vegetables(any kind) it is considered fair game for breakfast. I envy your green chilies. Yum! Are they Hatch green chilies?
Feb. 21, 2012 6:14 am
Wow Baking Nana that is very $$$. DH gets a full rack at our local Ale House for $16 including slaw and seasoned fries. Based on your pictures you did better cooking at home!
Feb. 21, 2012 6:48 am
Yes, they are Hatch. They had a very short pick season due to the drought so I got 83# and roasted them. I am with you on sweets in the morning. They set off an all day hunger and off feeling. I start the day with a protein drink and a few walnuts for the fat to keep me full.
Feb. 21, 2012 7:45 am
Dog Fish Head aka Fabius - That is a great price - you won't find that around here. Of course that price includes side dishes but not drinks. I am glad I know how to cook ribs! Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 21, 2012 7:48 am
Marie: 83 lbs of chilies? WOW I am impressed - that must have been some roast fest! I hope you had help!
Feb. 21, 2012 9:29 am
No help but it wasn't that bad. I would fill the BBQ, swim 2 laps, turn peppers, repeat. Got in a good work-out while I roasted.
Feb. 21, 2012 12:28 pm
Because of your original "from the freezer post", I started the same program here. I had a large pork loin and several packages of chicken breasts. I have forced us to stay with the program until last night when I didn't care for another bite of chicken. So, I took the wife to Red Lobster and had a fantastic meal to soothe my bad attitude. I didn't bother with the pork loin because I feel it tastes too much like chicken white meat. Tonight, it's back to the program with vegetable chicken soup. BTW, the chicken is taking much longer to disappear because we are making one chicken breast work where two worked before.
Feb. 21, 2012 5:01 pm
I am always fascinated when something other than a bagel or pizza is "NY style" (except for my crackers, which were actually conceived in NY) The only thing NY style I can see is the price of those ribs and even that seems high. I love KFC coleslaw and your chicken looks like it would give them a run for the money too. You have inspired me to shop in my freezer and it seems I buy far more skirt steak and chicken than I eat. Thanks for the ideas!
Feb. 21, 2012 5:54 pm
Hi Mike - We get tired of chicken and pork too. Making the faceless recipes has really help inspire me. Besides, if it is a bomb, it isn't really my fault. Is it? I have a new one on the grill tonight. It smells great but is taking way too long to get done. Not my fault! Red Lobster's Lobster Chops are a favorite of mine. Slurp.... Burp - "Oh! Pardon me!"
Feb. 21, 2012 6:03 pm
Ain't that just like a man would do it??!!!
Feb. 21, 2012 6:06 pm
BSM - I figure that the name of the finishing sauce is "New York....." and the recipe was named after it. Who knows? They were good, that I do know and the chicken is a keeper for sure. Even if it is once a year! (Well, maybe twice.)
Feb. 21, 2012 6:18 pm
No, Mike. A MAN would never say "Pardon me...." Maybe "Excuse me..." or better yet... "That was good!" :)
Feb. 21, 2012 6:32 pm
Oh. I thought that was a typo.
Feb. 21, 2012 7:50 pm
Feb. 22, 2012 8:01 am
Geez, $27 for a rack of ribs and they charge you another $6 if you want to share!?!? And people accept that??? Wow. That restaurant would be off my visit list! Usually, we feel we can make it better at home, anyway, and it looks like you did just that, too. Those ribs look good, and the chicken...ahhh. I am a southern girl, after all, and fried chicken is near and dear to my heart...even though I rarely have it now. Great job!
J. Dub 
Feb. 22, 2012 8:19 am
Wow, that food looks amazing. Period. There's nothing more to say.
Feb. 22, 2012 8:43 am
Hi there, Love your name, as I'm a Nana also...lol I have been searching the site for hours looking for some good freezer friendly recipes. Was so happy to have found yours.Could you recomend others? There's only the two of us so I end up with a lot of leftovers, some freeze well while others don't. I would dearly love one for fish. When I do my recipe searches I always re-calculate the servings to 4, that way we don't end up eating leftovers for a week. Looking forward to trying out more of your recipes.
Feb. 22, 2012 9:01 am
What deliciousness! I'm gaining weight just reading about all your yummy food you cooked.
Feb. 22, 2012 10:17 am
wisweetp - Not only do people tolerate that they seem to line up for it! I think it is the smell of the hickory smoke that attracts them from miles around. Fried anything is rare and a treat around here. It might have been a good thing if the chicken was a bomb....but it wasn't. So now I know I can fry chicken - moderation must be my mantra! I did chicken on the grill last night. Fortunately in Southern California grilling season is 365 days a year.
Feb. 22, 2012 10:19 am
Thanks for the compliment J. Dub. If the pictures made you hungry then my mission is accomplished. :)
Feb. 22, 2012 10:28 am
FrancoiseHelene: Welcome! The calculate servings feature is great isn't it? There are a couple of articles on cooking for one or two that I will find for you. As for fish - I keep fish in the freezer wrapped individually. They thaw really fast and usually become my "In a hurry not much time to cook dinners." Thanks for stopping in.
Feb. 22, 2012 10:32 am
Hi Paula. Not Weight Watcher friendly, is it? Sorry! Good thing this isn't an everyday occurrence.
Feb. 22, 2012 10:43 am
Feb. 22, 2012 6:54 pm
OMG....beautiful bounty as always. Baking Papa is a lucky fellow indeed!
Feb. 22, 2012 7:07 pm
It's said that profit is whatever the market will bear. Thems gotta be sumpin speshul!
Feb. 22, 2012 8:39 pm
It is all about marketing - excellent marketing, Mike.
Feb. 23, 2012 11:00 am
Baking Nana...love the comment you left on the fried chicken recipe...lol.
Feb. 23, 2012 11:27 am
Thanks for stopping in Karen. It is a good day when I managed to mess up and still have a success. Indeed Lois would be proud.
Feb. 23, 2012 11:52 am
It all looks so good!!! Mmm, Mmm, Mmm!!!
Feb. 23, 2012 12:12 pm
Thanks Lissa. Two of my favorite treats in one weekend! I'm spoiled now. :)
Feb. 23, 2012 12:36 pm
Lol! Restraint, no. Lazy, well, maybe....;)
Feb. 23, 2012 7:21 pm
Oooh! KFC coleslaw. Every time I have that stuff I think, "Why can't I make this?". Going to try it this weekend. Thanks for finding the recipe and blogging about it!
Feb. 23, 2012 7:48 pm
I hope you like it deer. Measure! This is a recipe that you really need to measure!
Feb. 23, 2012 7:53 pm
ok, dumb question, but do you thaw the ribs overnight, or just throw them on the grill frozen? I just got a chest freezer and want to start stocking up.
Feb. 24, 2012 4:53 am
Good morning rb. Thaw the ribs before cooking. I remove the membrane from the ribs too. Then the dry rub etc... Have fun stocking your freezer. Remember small individually wrapped items thaw faster than a big hunk. For ground meat I freeze in freezer bags and flatten them. They store well that way and defrost quickly too.
Feb. 25, 2012 4:16 pm
The photos of the dishes you made look yummy!! Just to add a perspective on your comment and others of a restaurant charging extra for a plate. I work in food services, that extra plate and silverware have to be:served at the table, removed from the table, washed, sanitized and stacked and the linens are sent away to be laundered. Those few extra dollars hardly cover the cost.
Feb. 25, 2012 8:24 pm
Thanks for your comments Vickie. I truly understand the costs but I disagree. The linens would still need to be laundered (or in the case of this restaurant the table wiped down) Silverware is already on the table and would have to be cleared and washed regardless. They don't charge for the take out boxes & bags that proudly display their name - maybe they should. I know how hard food service is,....it is one of the reasons I am known as a 'good tipper'.
Click to Change your Profile Picture
Baking Nana

Living In
Corona, California, USA

Member Since
Aug. 2009

Cooking Level

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Healthy, Quick & Easy

Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Camping, Boating, Walking, Fishing, Photography, Music, Charity Work

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Rockin' Tacos
Rockin' Tacos

A simple tortilla topped with Mexican fillings gives you a burst of spicy flavor.

Mexican Desserts
Mexican Desserts

Flan, churros, tres leches cake? We have these and so many more. It's fiesta time!

Spring Sale! Only $5.99
Spring Sale! Only $5.99

Great recipes and cooking tips! For a limited time, get a year of Allrecipes Magazine for $5.99.

About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States