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.




Beer Cheese Soup

LongHorn Steakhouse Recipe

Serves 8

1 quart water
1 rib celery, finely diced
1 carrot, finely diced
1/3 cup finely diced onion
3 tablespoons granulated chicken stock base
8 oz Budweiser beer
1/3 lb Mexican Velveeta cheese, cut in cubes
1/3 lb Regular Velveeta cheese, cut in cubes
4 oz grated Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup butter or margarine
8 tablespoons flour

Bring water and beer to a boil and add vegetables and granulated chicken base. Return to a boil and then simmer about 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Add Velveeta cheeses gradually, stirring until cheese melts. Blend in the Cheddar. Make a roux of the butter or margarine and the flour (as if for gravy or cream sauce) and add to soup and stir and simmer until desired thickness. Serve with crackers.

1 comment:

  1. Actually, what you're calling a roux is really a Beurre Manié.

    A roux is melted fat that you add flour to before adding a liquid while a beurre manié (French meaning "kneaded butter") is a dough that consists of equal parts soft butter and flour, used to thicken soups and sauces.

    This method coats the flour particles in butter, so that when the beurre manié is whisked into a hot or warm liquid, the butter melts, releasing the flour particles without creating lumps.