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.
Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges
BACON WRAPPED POTATO WEDGES
Longhorn Steakhouse Copycat Recipe
5-10 small to medium sized red potatoes, cut into wedges
1 package of center cut bacon, cut in half
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons fresh chives, minced
3-4 dashes of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Sprinkle potato wedges with salt and pepper. Wrap each with 1/2 a bacon slice and secure with a toothpick. Arrange potato wedges in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bacon is crisp and browned. Combine sour cream, Tabasco sauce and chives and mix well. Serve alongside potato wedges for dipping.