Outback’s Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet


One of my favorite restaurants to eat at is Outback Steakhouse.  Outback was founded here in Tampa Florida in 1988. The original restaurant on Henderson Bouvelard is still open. I have so many favorites that I have tried and enjoyed the many years since I have been dining there. Their Salted Caramel Cookie Skillet is my latest favorite. The star is the cookie with white chocolate chips, toffee bits and pretzels. Just the cookies alone would be delicious. Outback changes their menu frequently so when I find something I like, I try to figure it out so I can enjoy it at home after it vanishes from the menu. 


Ingredients:

1 c flour
1/2 t baking soda

1/2 salt

1 stick butter, room temperature 

6 T granulated sugar

6 T brown sugar

1 Egg

2 t vanilla

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

3/4 cup toffee chips

1/2 cup pretzels, crushed into small pieces (I placed mine in a plastic bag and crushed them with a rolling pin)

Vanilla Ice Cream

Salted Caramel ice cream topping


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and set aside. Mix together softened, granulated and brown sugar. Add egg and vanilla and blend well. Stir in white chocolate chips, toffee chips and pretzels. 


No skillet?  No worries, just make a big cookie on a cookie sheet and eat it from a bowl when the cookie is baked. I highly recommend parchment paper or a silpat on your cookie sheet if you are just baking cookies. 
Place cookie dough in a small cast iron skillet or make big cookies on a cookie sheet. Bake 8-11 minutes for normal size cookies. If you are making larger dessert size or skillet size cookies on a cookie sheet, they will take longer. I used a 6″ cast iron skillet and mine baked about 16 minutes. Time will vary with the size of cookies you make. Top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and salted caramel ice cream topping. Serve warm. This recipe yields 4 very large cookies.  Enjoy!

Just In Queso

I have done it again. I have hacked into another Outback Steakhouse recipe. This time it’s their new appetizer, Foster’s Beer Cheese Fondue. It’s served in a skillet with pretzel bread. I am serving my recipe in a skillet (thank you unnamed waiter at Outback that gave me one) and I am serving mine with pretzels and pretzel crisps. Love the combination of beer  and cheese, which makes  this Queso delicious. I am calling this recipe Queso because it’s nothing like fondue to me. You need just 5 ingredients to recreate this recipe. Enjoy the yumminess!

  
  Ingredients:

4 ounces of Smoked Gouda, grated

4 ounces of Aged White Cheddar, grated

1/2 cup heavy cream, plus 1/4 cup reserved for slurry

1/2 cup Foster’s Beer*

1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch 

Pretzels or pretzel crisps for dipping

Parsley for garnish, optional

  
In a saucepan heat 1/2 cup heavy cream, beer and grated cheeses. While the cheese is melting, make a slurry with 1/4 cup additional heavy cream and the cornstarch. Add this to the Queso when everything is melted. Make sure you whisk the cornstarch completely in the heavy cream to prevent lumps.  Serve warm with pretzels, pretzel crisps, or your favorite dippers. Outback serves their “Foster’s Beer Cheese Fondue” with pretzel bread sticks, also good but very filling before  meal. I actually do prefer the pretzel crisps. 

  
*Foster’s Beer is an Australian beer, it comes in a very large can (nicknamed the oil can beer because of the size). I purchased one can at a convenience store. 

  
  
  

Peppadew Pepper Poppers

I first enjoyed this appetizer several years ago at Macaroni Grill. It’s very easy and simple to make and so yummy.  

  
Ingredients:

I jar of peppadew peppers, drained (I purchased mine at an Italian supermarket but if you can’t find them, sweet cherry peppers can be substituted)

4 ounces garlic herb goat cheese, purchased in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery store

1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs

Balsamic glaze (can be found in the vinegar section of the grocery store)

  
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain peppers on paper towels until dry. Stuff open cavity with the goat cheese.  Dip the top of the pepper coating the cheese with the bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is warn warm.   Drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy. 

   

 
This recipe was inspired by an appetizer I enjoyed several years ago at Macaroni Grill. 

Aussie Dipping Sauce

This is a copy cat recipe from the Australian steakhouse chain restaurant. This multipurpose sauce can be used with so many different things. I have used it on The Big O Burger and it’s perfect with onion rings, fries, veggies or anything you want. I have linked The Big O Burger and Crumbs In My Mustachio’s Beer Battered Onion Rings with this sauce. My burger and sauce are pictured with Crumbs In My Mustachio’s recipe for her onion rings.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons of ketchup
1 1/2 Tablespoons of creamy horseradish, I used Inglehoffers
One pinch of salt
One pinch of black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of chili powder, or more for more heat
1/8 teaspoon of dried oregano

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Best if made a day ahead. Store in refrigerator.

I paired this sauce with Crumbs In My Mustachios Beer Batter Onion Rings and The Big O Burger.

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