Monday, March 23, 2009

Outback Steakhouse

Have you cut back on dining out recently? I know my family has. With rising costs everywhere, we have become more selective in how we spend our money. When we do go out, I want to make sure that I am getting not only a good price, but a good value. If I selected where to eat out on price alone, we would be dining out at fast food. But, to me, the flavor and quality of the food that I am served, the quality of the service and the portion size are all components that impact my perception of value.

One of my favorite restaurants, especially when I am hungry for a steak, has always been Outback Steakhouse. Typically, we start with the Bloomin' Onion - that deep fried, cut onion with that great dipping sauce - it makes my mouth water, just thinking about it. Then, for dinner, I almost always order the fillet with a baked potato.

I was excited to learn that Outback Steakhouse , known for its big, bold flavors has re-invented its entire menu and the menu now features 15 meals for under $15, with meals starting at $9.95. They understand that the value equation includes the flavor, quality and satisfying portion sizes. The updated menu features classic favorites and innovative creations such as The Sweet Glazed Roast Pork Tenderloin, Shrimp en Fuego, Ribs and Alice Spring Chicken (all under $15 dollars). I'm thinking that on my next visit, instead of the Victorian Fillet, I'm likely to try the Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin, one of their new creations, available for under $15.

Want a sample of the new flavors? You can try this recipe from Outback's "Aussie-Tizers® to Share" menu at home.

“Crab Stuffed Shrimp”

Stuffing:
1/4# Butter
1/4# Diced Onion
1/4# Diced Celery
1 1/2 tsp Chopped Garlic
2 Tbsp. Sliced Green Onions
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
1/8 tsp. White Pepper
1 cup Bread Crumbs
1/4# Lump Crab Meat

Place sauté pan over medium heat. Place butter in the pan and allow to melt.
Place onions, celery, garlic, green onions, and seasonings in pan and cook for 6-8 minutes.
Place mixture into a blender and blend for 20 seconds. Caution: Mixture will be HOT.
Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl adding bread crumbs and drained crab meat. Fold in with a spatula until blended.

Lemon Pepper Butter:
1/2 cup Water
2 Tbs. Flour
1 1/2 Tbs. Lemon Juice
1/2 # Butter
1 tsp. Lemon Pepper Spice
Combine water, lemon juice, flour and seasonings in a sauce pan.
Over high flame, whisk until mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
Slowly add softened butter in small amounts until all is blended.

Cooking Shrimp:
Butterfly shrimp.
Place flour in a container and toss shrimp until completely coated.
Deep fry shrimp at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 minutes.
Place 1 Tbs. of hot stuffing onto each cooked shrimp.
Drizzle 1 Tbs. of Lemon Pepper Butter over each shrimp.

Serve and Enjoy!!!!!

Giveaway

Thanks to the kind folks at Outback Steakhouse, I am able to offer to my readers a chance to win one $25 giftcard to Outback.

There are three ways to enter.
  • Check out their new menu and let me know what dish you would order in the comments.

  • Sign up to get my updates by e-mail or in a reader. Leave me a comment, letting me know you subscribed.

  • Tweet about the giveaway. Include @ABusyMomofTwo in your tweet. Leave a comment letting me know you tweeted about the giveaway.


The contest will remain open until Thursday at 6:00 PM EST. I will notify the winner and they will have 24 hours to respond, or I will choose a new winner.

64 comments:

debbielynne said...

Savory Pepermill Steak looks tasty! Thanks for the chance to win!

debbielynne said...

I'm a new subscriber that loves Outback!

theladya said...

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soncrazed said...

The chicken quesadilla looked good & makes me want it now!

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UntilJesus said...

The ribs & alice springs chicken would be my choice!! Please pick me! It´d be a great date night for my husband & I!!

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Knchock said...

How about some Savory Peppermill Steak? Yum, it looks delicious! Thanks for doing giveaways!
-Kimberly in NC
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Cherry Blossoms said...

definitely the pepper mill steak. My family would love to win this...the three of us haven't been out to dinner in a long time due to the economy! Thanks for letting us enter!

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Jennifer said...

The Savory Peppermill Steak and Sweet Adventure Sampler Trio looks wonderful!

Risingsouth said...

I would love to try the Teriyaki steak.

Risingsouth said...

I also subscribe by e-mail.

Diana said...

Definitely the teryaki steak. We'd probably get two of those, since that's my husband's favorite, also.

Angie said...

Outback is always my pick for the special ocasion dinner but we only get it once or twice a year. I would love to try the fillet tenderloin & stuffed shrimp to get the best of both worlds.

Angie
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Mindy said...

Oh my goodness, I'm so hungry for Outback now! I cashed in my MyPoints for an Outback gift cards so I can treat my hubby for our anniversary coming up. I love the Alice Springs Chicken so I am sure the quesadilla version is pretty tasty. The teriyaki steak sounds delish too. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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Victoria said...

Ohhh that teriyaki steak looks delicious! Thanks! utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

carlisle clan conversation... said...

I would definitely select the Ribs & Alice Springs Chicken! This was the date night location of choice for me and the hubs while dating! How fun, thanks for the recipe!

MookieJ said...

Fresh Tilapia with Pure Lump Crab Meat
Yum!
Thanks for the great giveaway!

Carolyn G said...

I love Outback. I would love to try the Alice SPrings Chicken. But my favorite is the blooming onion!! YUMMO

Rachel said...

I would try the teriyaki marinated sirloin. Outback is currently my favorite "going out" meal. I love their garlic-y ceasar salad. It's the best!

Holly said...

Peppermill steak for sure!

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alexis said...

The teriyaki sirloin sounds yummy!

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kmac204 said...

Definitely the Chicken Caesar Salad!
Yum :)

kmac204 said...

I am a new subscriber! Thank you for all of your posts!

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:)

Aimee said...

Savory Peppermill Steak has my mouth watering

Elena said...

Filet Tenderloin and Stuffed Shrimp! The best of both worlds...

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Elena said...

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Elena said...

I tweeted.

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rebecca said...

Oh, I want to try the fillet tenderloin and stuffed shrimp! My mouth is watering already!

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Lisa said...

I love the Alice Springs Chicken so I'm sure the quesadillas would be great. The steak and stuffed shrimp looks wonderful, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

mstaken05 said...

It would have to be Filet Tenderlion and Stuffed Shrimp. I am hungry!

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Beeper said...

i'm a new subscriber! pick me!!

DaysFan said...

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Brent said...

Ohhh YUM!! Shrimp en Feugo looks awesome!

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marisa said...

hello crab stuffed shrimp!! yum!

marisa
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Running The Race... said...

Filet Tenderlion and Stuffed Shrimp -- my husband would LOVE it!

thanks!

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Tamara B. said...

I would love to try their ALice Springs Chicken Quesadillas.
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Tamara B. said...

I am a subscriber via email.
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shaunjoy said...

The Alice Springs Chicken sounds divine...and who can resist a Bloomin' Onion?

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Linda said...

I would get the Shrimp en Fuego. Yum

vs59ke said...

The chicken quesadilla looks good!! I love Outback!!
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Pat said...

The Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla looks fantastic.
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Charlene said...

The Aussie cheese fries look like a heart attack waiting to happen. I would love to try them!! :)

momofgandj said...

I must say that the Aussie Cheese fries are my fave!! I hardly ever get to go to outback, because we have cut WAY back on eating out! However, I am thinking about them now!! Thanks for the giveaway! I hope to be dining at the Outback soon!!

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Amy

annsu said...

Sweet Adventure sampler Trio? gosh it looks so good!

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Bovee Brigade said...

I would go for the Alice Springs Chicken without the bacon. Sounds delicious! I love that they list what items are gluten free. What a great thing for those with wheat allergies.

Shawna said...

The No Rules Parmesan Pasta with grilled shrimp is calling my name... I can hear it right now. :)

Thanks for the terrific giveaway!

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Heather said...

oh man, the crab-stuffed shrimp looks so good. augustgirl01 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Kathy Rambousek said...

the good 'ole ribeye steak makes my mouth water

Kathy Rambousek said...

I'm a new subscriber

Nancy said...

I've never been to Outback, but I've always wanted to. I would try the crab stuffed shrimp. Yum! Thanks for the giveaway.
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christin said...

I would choose the savory peppermill steak! Thanks!!
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christin said...

I subscribed:)
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meddlingkidd said...

The Sweet Glazed Roasted Pork Tenderloin sounds delicious! We love going to Outback...thanks for the chance to win!

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meddlingkidd said...

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anne1456 said...

I like the teriyaki steak.

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anne1456 said...

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YourCouponBuddy said...

I could totally eat $25 worth of their coconut shrimp!

YourCouponBuddy said...

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