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.




Bananas Foster Cheesecake

Longhorn Steakhouse Copycat Recipe

20 graham crackers
1 stick  butter, melted
1/4 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon rum extract

Place graham crackers in a plastic bag and crush, using a rolling pin, or crush in  food processor. Mix graham crackers, sugar, melted butter, and rum extract in a bowl. Spread in the bottom of a buttered 9" spring form or pie pan and up 1 1/2 inches on the side. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of rum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

Blend cream cheese on low speed with electric mixer in a mixing bowl, and scrape sides.  Add in the sugar slowly, and continue to beat until creamy  Add rum and vanilla extract, and mix until blended  Add eggs, one at a time and continue to mix on low speed until well combined.

Pour the mixture into the crust and spread evenly. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until set and  browned lightly.  Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack  Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool,  before removing sides.

2  ripe bananas, sliced
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1/4 cup of rum
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine brown sugar and butter in a sauce pan and heat over low heat  Slice and add the bananas, cinnamon, and  rum and heat and stir for 5 minutes  Remove from heat allow to cool slightly. Spread topping on cheesecake.

Source:  Cajun Delights Blog

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