How to Replicate 5 of Your Favourite Takeout Recipes at Home
Though a weekly takeaway meal is a ritual for many Australian families, buying takeout food can be extremely taxing on your wallet. Not to mention, it can be tricky to figure out all of the ingredients and freshness of the food you’re ordering from outside of home.
Luckily for foodies, there are plenty of easy ways to recreate takeout recipes within your own kitchen. Here are five of our favourite, takeout-inspired recipes to try on your next takeaway night.
1. Baked Italian sub sandwiches
It doesn’t take much to turn an average, long bread roll into a delicious, Italian-inspired sub. Once you’ve cut your rolls in half, brush their inside sections with Italian dressing and layer with any meat or cheese you’d like. Then, wrap the rolls in foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted. If you have a natural gas oven, your rolls shouldn’t take much longer to crisp up thanks to their ability to heat quickly. Once they’re ready, fill with your favourite vegetables and dressing.
2. Zesty pad thai
Pad thai is one of the simplest takeout-style dishes to whip together at home. To start, throw some cubed chicken into a pan with olive oil; simultaneously boiling rice noodles in a separate pot (for a healthy version, use brown rice noodles). If you have a natural gas cooktop, use your precise temperature dials to make sure your chicken is cooked evenly.
Once the chicken is cooked, set it aside and cook your vegetables in the pan, along with your pad thai sauce made of peanuts, honey, rice wine vinegar, fish sauce and red pepper flakes. Once all elements are cooked, simply throw together and dust a few peanut crumbs on top.
3. Oven fried chicken
Fried chicken is a takeout staple – and if you’re looking for a version of it that’s lighter yet still delicious, an oven baked recipe is your best bet. Once you’ve chopped your chicken into strips or bite-sized chunks, dip them in egg-wash and then into a mix of pecans, paprika, salt, sage and breadcrumbs. Drizzle lightly with butter and place into the oven; cooking for just under an hour or until they’re juicy and tender. If you have an electric oven, you’ll need to rotate your chicken while it cooks – but if your oven is powered with natural gas, it’ll cook evenly throughout. Enjoy!
4. Bunless baked cheeseburgers
If you’re a burger fan hoping for a lighter option at home, pop a few burger patties into the oven and serve with salad. To prepare, combine ground beef with any spices you’d like (onion powder, paprika, chilli powder, salt and pepper are popular choices), mould your beef into patty-shaped pieces and bake until cooked through – this should take under 20 minutes.
5. Oven baked pizzas
Though it’s a cheap and easy takeout option, it’s just as affordable to prepare your own tasty pizzas at home. If you’ve got time up your sleeve, you can prepare your own dough (you’ll need to let it set for a few hours before cooking) – or purchase a pre-made pizza base and get started on your toppings. Customise your own pizza with a mix of cheeses, meats and veggies before popping it in the oven to bake for 10 minutes or so.
A ceramic pizza stone is a great tool for oven pizzas, as it makes the crust extra crispy and cooks the pizza well throughout. Cooking with a natural gas stove is optimal for pizzas, as their efficient heating will see cheese melt in no time.