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.
Bananas Foster Cheesecake
BANANAS FOSTER CHEESECAKE
Red Lobster Restaurant Copycat Recipe
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 stick unsalted butter
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 large eggs
2 cups pureed bananas (about 4 bananas)
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch salt
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (17 oz.) jar caramel sauce
2 tablespoons dark rum
2 bananas, sliced
Position rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wrap outside of 9 inch diameter springform pan with 3 inch high sides with heavy duty foil. Combine flour, pecans, butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl. Mix well. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl until smooth. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in cornstarch. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just blended after each addition. Add pureed banana,sour cream, lemon juice, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Beat just until combined.
Transfer filling to crust lined pan. Place pan in large roasting pan. Add enough hot water to roasting pan to come one inch up sides of springform pan. Bake until center of cake is just set, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Remove cake from oven. Maintain oven temperature. Meanwhile, prepare topping. Mix together sour cream, sugar and vanilla in small bowl until well blended. Spread topping over cheesecake. Bake until topping is set, about 10 minutes. Turn off oven.
Let cake stand in oven until cooled to room temperature, about 2 hours. Refrigerate cake until well chilled. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut around cake to loosen; remove pan sides. Transfer cake to platter.
Warm caramel sauce in small saucepan over low heat, stirring often. Mix in rum. Drizzle some sauce decoratively over cake. Arrange bananas atop cake. Cut cake into wedges and serve with sauce.