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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Grilled Bananas Foster


GRILLED BANANAS FOSTER
Longhorn Steakhouse Recipe

Serves 4

4 bananas, firm and unpeeled
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dark rum
1/4 cup banana liqueur
4 large scoops ice cream
melted butter for brushing bananas

Turn grill to med high heat. Place a 10 inch saute pan on one side of grill to preheat. Leaving skin intact, cut bananas in half. Then cut each half lengthwise into quarters. Place bananas on sheet pan, cut side up, and brush each with melted butter. Place bananas cut side down (still in peels) and grill 5 minutes until grill marks can be seen.

While bananas are grilling, place stick of butter into saute pan. When butter is melted, add brown sugar and cinnamon. Heat until sugar dissolves. Remove grilled bananas and remove skins. Place all banana pieces into the saute pan. Carefully add rum and banana liqueur to the saute pan.

Using a grill lighter, light the alcohol and let cook until the flame dies. Evenly distribute hot sauce and bananas over 4 dishes of vanilla ice cream and serve!

Note: Rum and Vanilla extracts may be substituted for alcohol.

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