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.

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Golden Nugget Fried Cheesecake


Tasty nuggets of creamy cheesecake lightly breaded and crisp fried. Served over vanilla bean ice cream with strawberry sauce.


GOLDEN NUGGET FRIED CHEESECAKE
Longhorn Steakhouse Copycat Recipe



For the Cheesecake Bites:
You can purchase the prepared cheesecake bits in your grocer’s freezer or purchase the cake itself and cut it up into the size bites you want. You can even do this by making the cake yourself, if desired, and then cutting it into the size bites you want.

Once you have your “bites” you will need 3 different bowls. 1 bowl will have one cup of flour, another bowl will have 2 cracked and whisked eggs in it (or you can use buttermilk instead), and the third bowl will have 1 cup crushed graham cracker crumbs. Place the bites into the flour first and coat completely, then remove with a slotted spoon. Place the bites into the egg next and again make certain completely coated. Remove from the egg using a different slotted spoon. Finally, completely coat the bites in the graham cracker crumbs. Once you have removed the bites from the graham crackers, put them into the freezer for about 3 hours before frying.

Heat the vegetable oil to 325 degrees. Place only three or four bites into the oil at one time. Let fry for a couple minutes or until they begin to float. Remove from oil and place onto white paper towels to drain. Once finished and allowed to drain, return to the freezer until ready to serve or keep in refrigerator. If freezing them, remove from freezer and put into refrigerator about 6 hours before ready to serve. If wanting to serve ASAP, place into the refrigerator and allow to chill about 2 or 3 hours before serving.



For the Raspberry Sauce:
Take about 2 tablespoons raspberry preserves to a cup of boiling water and stir until reduced.

Source:  Hillbilly Housewife.com


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