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.




Pork Chop Skillet

Lone Star Steakhouse Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

4 boneless, butterflied pork chops,
cut 1/2 inch thick, well trimmed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
1 (8 oz) can stewed tomatoes
1/3 cup picante sauce
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
hot cooked rice

Sprinkle both sides of chops with cumin and salt. Heat oil in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chops on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove and reserve. Reduce heat. Add garlic and onion to skillet; add chops, simmer uncovered 10 to 12 minutes, turning chops after 5 minutes. Remove chops to serving plate; keep warm. Add tomatoes and picante sauce to skillet to make sauce. Cook sauce over high heat until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Arrange chops over rice. Spoon sauce over rice; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with additional picante sauce.

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