Applebee's Bourbon Street Steak copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Applebee's Bourbon Street Steak

Score: 4.14. Votes: 14
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Menu Description: "This succulent 10 oz. steak is jazzed up with Cajun spices and served with sauteed onions, mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes and garlic toast."

The Cajun-style Applebee's Burbon Street Steak recipe is named after the famous street in the French Quarter in New Orleans, so you won't need any booze for this recipe unless it's for you to drink while you're making it. Plan to make this dish 12 to 24 hours in advance, so the steaks have time to soak up the goodness. This marinating time will also give the meat tenderizer a chance to do its thing, but don't go longer than 24 hours or the protein fibers may become so tender that they turn mushy. I used McCormick brand tenderizer, which uses bromelian, a pineapple extract, to tenderize the meat. Lawry's (Adolph's) meat tenderizer, uses papain from papayas, to tenderize the proteins, but this brand also brings other spices into the mix and will alter the flavor of your finished product. Both of these tenderizers contain a lot of salt so we won't need to include salt in the marinade formula. 

Try my copycat recipe for Applebee's almond rice pilaf as great side-dish.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 10-ounce top sirloin steaks
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons meat tenderizer (McCormick is best)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 2 cups water
Garlic Butter
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pinch salt
On The Side
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced white onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 2 cups sliced white mushrooms
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
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      1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl. 

      2. Pound steaks with a kitchen mallet until it's about 3/4-inch thick.

      3. Submerse the steaks in the marinade, then cover and store in the refrigerator.

      4. When your steaks have marinated for 12 to 24 hours, preheat a barbecue grill to medium/high heat. Blot the steaks with paper towels to remove excess marinade. Grill the steaks for 3 to 5 minutes per side or until cooked as desired. 

      5. Melt 3 tablespoons butter and combine it with 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt.

      6. Combine 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium/low heat. When the butter is melted add 2 cups of sliced onion and saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until onion begins to soften. Add sliced mushrooms, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper to pan and saute for another 2 to 3 minute or until onion and mushrooms begin to lightly brown.

      7. When the steaks are done, spoon a couple teaspoons of garlic butter over the top of each steak and serve with mushrooms and onion on the side.

      Serves 2. 

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Score: 4.14. Votes: 14
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Sep 26, 2006, 22:00

I love this recipe!!!! Tastes just like the restaurant. I use this marinade when ever I cook steak of any kind. Works great will all cuts of beef.

Dale in Phoenix
Jun 6, 2006, 22:00

I made this recipe for a birthday party, I tripled it. My house stank like garlic for 2 days but it was worth it. This recipe is GREAT. I used the marinade for porkchops 2 days later and they were fantastic. WORTH THE TROUBLE! (to make)~

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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