When companies decide to create make-at-home versions of their restaurant favorites, Julia Child weeps from above. What we end up with is T.G.I. Friday’s Loaded Chicken Quesadilla Rolls (blech!), P.F. Chang’s Shrimp in “A Garlic Sauce” (ewww) or the definitive lazy-cook reheatable masterpiece, White Castle Sliders (umm, no thank you, Kumar).
Now don’t get us wrong, we’re as Sandra Lee as the next guy. Semi-homemade definitely has its place, but when it comes to completely prepared frozen dinners, we draw the line. Even if you sprinkle fresh Hhhhherbs on top, there’s no disguising the disgust that lies within the black plastic tray of culinary death. (Don’t even get us started on Hot Pockets or Pizza Rolls.)
That said, we do appreciate shortcuts and the closer we can get our home-cooked meals to restaurant quality, the gayer happier we are. That’s why we’re so excited to discover Kent Rathbun Elements, sauces and rubs from the celebrity chef extraordinaire and creator of some of our favorite Dallas-area restaurants, including Abacus, Jasper’s and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen.
Sauces are the key to a truly memorable dish and they’re often the hardest part to execute successfully. So Kent Rathbun Elements are more than welcome in our kitchen. From his famous Red-Curry Coconut Sauce (the secret behind his world-famous Lobster Shooters at Abacus) to fantastic dressings like Roasted Shallot-Black Pepper Vinaigrette, there are nine sauces and dressings to choose from.
We’ve tried them on chicken, pork tenderloin and steaks, and they’re extremely versatile. Serve up your favorite meat-and-sauce combinations with rice, potatoes or pasta and a fresh vegetable and you’ve got an elegant dinner faster than ever.
With the Rathbun name on it, you know it’s going to impress your picky friends. And even if it’s the end of the month and you don’t have the money for Lobster, we’re sure he’d be OK with you creating your own soon-to-be-famous Chicken of the Sea Shooters.
On second thought, he’d probably shoot us for even thinking of that. So pretend we never said it.
Now go home and get sauced – Rathbun style.
Most Sauces $7.99
Available at Central Market locations
or online at www.kentrathbunstore.com