With over 100 company-owned and franchised restaurants throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States, RARE Hospitality International Inc. has a fast-growing presence in the steakhouse segment of the dining industry. This relative newcomer to the market--at scarcely 15 years in business, compared to such 1960s-era chains as Ponderosa and Bonanza--RARE's irreverent style of "cowboy cuisine" shook up the segment. By 1996, the company's core chain of LongHorn Steakhouses numbered 81 units. Following its initial public offering in 1992, the company acquired the Bugaboo Creek Steak House chain and its smaller The Capital Grille group of pricey eateries. Founder George W. McKerrow, Jr. continued to serve the company as chairman through the mid-1990s.
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
CHICKEN POT PIE SOUP
Lone Star Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
1 large stewing chicken
6 cups water
2 (14 oz) cans mixed vegetables (minus liquid from one can)
4 tablespoons chicken bouillon
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon sage
1 (4 oz) jar pickled pearl onions
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
2 pillsbury pie crusts (per package directions)
1/4 cup flour
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon browning sauce (kitchen bouquet)
Cook chicken, in water, for about 4-5 hours. Turn often and keep covered. Skim fat as needed but don't remove all fat. Transfer chicken to a plate to cool, Keep broth simmering on low. Add two small cans of mixed vegetables, minus the liquid from one can. When chicken is cool, tear into small bites and add to broth. Add chicken bouillon, poultry seasoning, sage, pearl onions, pepper and salt.
Bake two Pillsbury pie crusts according to package directions and let cool. Set aside.In a shaker jar, mix flour, cornstarch and milk. Shake until smooth. Add slowly to the broth, stirring constantly. Add Kitchen Bouquet and stir until smooth, adding more milk if necessary. Pour into bowls over the top of crumbled pie crust. Add a bit more crust on top.
Notes: This makes about 4 quarts of soup, which can be frozen. Defrost and bake pie crust at the time of serving.