Outback Steakhouse, Inc. runs one of the largest casual steakhouse chains in the United States, Outback Steakhouse. The chain consists of more than 600 Australian-themed restaurants in 47 states and several countries. The dinner-only restaurants serve moderately priced entrees such as seasoned steaks, prime rib, chicken, seafood, and pasta. The chain's signature, however, is an appetizer, the 'Bloomin' Onion.' The company also runs the Carrabba's Italian Grill chain, which includes about 70 dinner-only restaurants offering moderately priced Italian cuisine in a casual atmosphere. Outback Steakhouse, Inc. is also involved in two emerging restaurant chains: an upscale steakhouse called Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, and another upscale chain called Roy's Restaurants, which features 'east-west' cuisine and was founded by celebrated chef Roy Yamaguchi.

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Bleu Cheese Chopped Salad




BLEU CHEESE CHOPPED SALAD
Outback Steakhouse Copycat Recipe

Serves 2


Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette:
2/3 cup extra virgin olive Oil
1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Cinnamon Pecans: 
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Crunchy Angel Hair Pasta:
24 pieces of uncooked angel hair pasta
1 cup vegetable oil

Salad:
4 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
2 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/3 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped red cabbage
1/4 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese

Bleu Cheese Vinaigrette: Combine all ingredients except vinegar and lemon juice in a small pan over medium heat. Heat until mixture begins to bubble, remove from heat. Cool mixture. Combine cooled mixture with rice vinegar and lemon juice in a blender. Blend on high speed for 1 minute, cover and chill.

Cinnamon Pecans: Combine sugar, water, butter, cinnamon and salt in a small pan over medium heat. When mixture first reaches a boil, add pecans. Stir constantly until liquid evaporates and sugar begins to crystallize on the nuts. Don't allow the nuts to smoke or burn. Pour sugar crystallized pecans out onto a plate to cool.

Crunchy Angel Hair Pasta: Fill large saucepan or stockpot with water and bring water to a boil. Break pasta into quarters and boil for two minutes, strain and rinse with cold water. Bring 1 cup of oil to 325 degrees F. Fry pasta in several batches in the oil for 1 minute or until light brown. Drain on paper towels. Break into smaller pieces when pasta has cooled.

Assemble The Salad: Combine lettuce, green onion, red cabbage, shredded carrot, pecans and pasta in a large bowl. Toss with 3/4 cup of the dressing. Top with 2 tablespoons crumbled bleu cheese on each serving.

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