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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Crab Au Gratin


Red Lobster Crab Au Gratin
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

1 lb crab meat
8 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup minced onion
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
1/2 cup sherry
1 cup crackers, finely crumbled
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a skillet. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes.
Slowly add flour, stirring constantly over low heat. Gradually add milk and blend, stirring until sauce begins to thicken. Add salt, pepper and sherry. In a bowl mix sauce, crab meat and cheese. Place in a lightly greased baking dish. Sprinkle cracker crumbs on top of the casserole. Dot the top with remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Bake uncovered for about 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.


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