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.




Steak Bites

A never-ending serving of  tender steak medallions cut into bite-size pieces, fried then tossed in your choice of spicy Sidewinder BBQ, Buffalo (mild, hot, or Texas hot) or plain Texas Traditional. Served with choice of ranch or bleu cheese dipping sauce and bottomless steak fries.

Lone Star Steakhouse Copycat Recipe

Steak and Seasoning:

2 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced and divided
1 lb. tenderloin steak, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

Dipping Sauce:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoon heavy cream
1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
1 tablespoon horseradish
1 tablespoon parsley
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon onion salt

Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat for about three minutes. Add garlic cloves and reduce to low heat. Cook for another three minutes. Sprinkle steak cubes with salt and pepper.

Add steak cubes to oil and garlic and cook until desired doneness, flipping with the spatula to brown the meat on all sides. Well-done steak cubes will take about seven minutes. Medium-rare bites should take about three minutes.

Place remaining ingredients in food processor and mix well. The resulting sauce should be thick and clumpy and have a deep, red color.Place cooked steak cubes on a plate with a small stack of toothpicks. Pour the dipping sauce into a bowl. Serve alongside the steak cubes. Use toothpicks to spear the steak bites and dip them into the sauce.

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