If you want to copycat your favorite Claim Jumper recipes, this article will show you how to get started!
Eating at a restaurant can be expensive. But what do you do when you have a craving for that favorite meal you have. I know I have a few that make my mouth water just thinking about them. I know I can’t afford to eat in a restaurant every day, as much as I would like to. So I’ve figured out a few little tricks you can use to turn your favorite restaurant meal into your favorite home cooked meal.
The easiest approach is to check the internet. There have been books printed with “famous” recipes, like how to make a homemade Big Mac. (The secret sauce is Thousand Island Dressing – who knew?) You may be able to find out what steak spices your favorite steak house uses, or the ingredients to make that amazing salad dressing that you can’t get enough of. It is amazing just how much information is out there. Sometimes a little surfing is enough. Some restaurants even publish the recipes on their websites.
If you are a regular at a restaurant, try to find out information. Servers usually are well versed in the menu and how each dish is prepared. Usually they are privy to the secrets that the kitchen staff uses to get the flavor just right. In university, I worked as a server in a restaurant. It wasn’t cheap food, but it wasn’t a place you needed to dress up for. When a new item was introduced to the menu, the servers had to learn the ingredients, how things were cooked, basically the same information as the kitchen staff. That way, if a customer ever asked a question about it, we could answer. Sometimes just asking the server is enough. If you are a regular, and have been known to tip well, if there is something the server isn’t sure of, you can bet they will go into the kitchen and try to find out the information you are looking for. In fact, some cooks and chefs are so flattered that you appreciate their good food, they will come out themselves and you can easily get pieces of information out of them.
If you are the quiet type, and asking these questions seems a little bit too difficult, you can still figure out a lot by looking at your dinner. Most menus will list ingredients, especially now with all the allergies people have. Write them down. Sneak out your cell phone when your dinner comes, and take a picture. Then, dissect your food. Sure it may take away some of the pleasure for that sitting, but you can look really find out a lot just by taking a deeper look at what is on your plate.
To get you started, here is the recipe for Claim Jumper Thai Cole Slaw!
1/2 head Napa cabbage, thinly sliced
1/2 zucchini, julienned
2 jumbo carrots, julienned
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
3 tablespoons shaved coconut
3 tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts
2 tablespoons toasted almonds
Thai Slaw Dressing:
8 ounces Thai sweet chili sauce
8 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce honey
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped fine
1/2 teaspoon light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cilantro, chopped fine
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Instructions for salad: Combine the cabbage, zucchini, carrots, sesame seeds , onions, coconut, peanuts and the almonds in large mixing bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Instructions for Thai dressing: Place ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk them all together. Slowly add the sesame oil while you continue to whisk. Pour desired amount, about 1/4 cup, over chilled salad. Enjoy!