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.

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Basil Shrimp Stuffed Zucchini




Red Lobster Basil Shrimp Stuffed Zucchini
Copycat Recipe

Serves 8

4 zucchini (2- to 3-inch diameter)
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 pound tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 pound small shrimp, peeled, deveined
(cut shrimp if they are larger than a quarter)
1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.Wash the zucchini and trim off the ends. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Be sure to leave some by the end to create a boat-like shape. Sauté onions in butter until clear, add tomatoes and simmer until soft.

In a mixing bowl combine tomato and onion mixture, shrimp, basil, salt and pepper and half of the bread crumbs. Fill the zucchini boats with the mixture. Place boats in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining breadcrumbs and drizzle with butter. Bake for 15 minutes or until shrimp are pink and clear.


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