Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is owned and operated by Darden Restaurants, Inc., headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company also has operations in Canada, the United Arab Emirates, and Japan. As of May 29, 2011, there are 698 Red Lobster locations worldwide.

Red Lobster was founded in 1968 by entrepreneurs Bill Darden and Charley Woodsby. Originally billed as a "Harbor for Seafood Lovers", the first restaurant in Lakeland, Florida, was followed by several others throughout the southeast. In 1970, General Mills acquired Red Lobster as a five-unit company. With new backing, the chain expanded rapidly in the 1980s.




Shrimp Nachos

Red Lobster Shrimp Nachos

Red Lobster Shrimp Nachos
Copycat Recipe

Serves: 4
You can prepare Red Lobster Shrimp Nachos just like they do. Enjoy this creamy cheese nachos served with fresh salsa and shrimp.

1 cup of mild cheddar cheese
1/4 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
4 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup milk
1/4 to 1/2 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp
2 plum tomatoes - diced
1 tablespoon red onions - chopped fine
1 teaspoon jalapeno pepper - use more if you like your nachos spicy
2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
2 or 3 slices of fresh jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons sour cream
40 to 50 nacho chips

If you purchase frozen shrimp thaw shrimp completely before cooking. You can place them in a sieve and simply rinse cold water over them until they thaw. Drop the shrimp into a medium sized pot of boiling water. I personally like to add a little crab boil seasoning to the water to give the shrimp an additional layer of flavor. This is not necessary. Cook shrimp until they turn pink, and remove immediately, this will only take 2 to 4 minutes.

Prepare cheese sauce by combining Monterey Jack cheese, Cheddar cheese, and cream cheese in a medium sized pot over a low to medium heat. Add milk to thin the sauce, you can add additional milk if you desire.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, place nacho chips on a heat resistant plate. You will want to heat the chips until they are crisp. Heat chips for approximately 5 to 7 minutes. While the chips are heating prepare the pico de gallo by combining the tomatoes, chopped jalapeno pepper, onion, together.

Assemble the nachos by spooning cheese sauce over the nachos. Then top with the pico de gallo you just made, top with shrimp. Garnish your nachos with sour cream, and slices of fresh jalapeno peppers.

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