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.
Firecracker Chicken Wraps
FIRECRACKER CHICKEN WRAPS
LongHorn Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
2-3 lbs boneless chicken breasts, marinaded, grilled or roasted and shredded
1/2 cup Lousiana hot sauce
1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt-kosher or sea salt (to dissolve easier)
1 cup Lousiana hot sauce
5 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water
1 1/2-2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
6 flour tortillas- 6 inch size
Avocado Lime Sauce:
juice from 3-4 limes
1-2 cloves garlic, minced fine or pressed
salt to taste
Firecracker Chicken: Mix marinade ingredients together stirring until salt is dissolved Pour into large zip top freezer bag and add chicken. Turn to coat chicken with marinade. Let marinate in refrigerator at least 2 hours, turn bag several time to insure chicken is evenly coated. Grill or roast chicken breasts after they have marinated. Shred cooked chicken. Place shredded chicken into a plastic container with a lid. Pour a generous amount of the sauce over the wings,cover, and gently stir or toss the wings so that they are all well coated with the sauce.
In same container mix in desired amount of cheese with chicken. Toss gently to coat well.Wrap the tortillas in a moist cloth and microwave on high temperature for 1 1/2 minutes or until hot. Spoon approximately one-sixth of the mixture into the center of a tortilla. Don't stuff tortillas too full. Fold in the ends and then roll the tortilla over the mixture. Roll the tortilla very tight, then pierce with a toothpick to hold together. Arrange the wraps on a plate, cover the plate with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 4 hours, overnight if possible.
Cook Eggrolls: Preheat 4-6 cups of oil to 375 degrees. Deep fry the wraps in the hot oil for 12-15 minutes and remove to paper towels or a rack to drain for about 2 minutes. Carefully remove toothpicks. Slice each eggroll diagonally lengthwise and arrange on a plate covered with lettuce leaves around a small bowl of the avocado dipping sauce or ranch dressing. Garnish with the dipping sauce with the chopped tomato.
Firecracker Sauce: Combine all ingredients water and cornstarch for the sauce in a small saucepan. Heat sauce over medium heat until boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water until no lumps remain.Stir into mixture in sauce pan and heat over medium high heat until sauce thickens.Remove pan from the heat and cool.
Avocado Lime Sauce: Mash avocado, mix in the juice of 3-4 limes, add a little olive oil (up to 1 tablespoon), garlic and salt. Whisk together well until smooth.
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