Morton's Restaurant Group, Inc. owns and operates Morton's of Chicago, a high-end steakhouse restaurant chain aimed at a business clientele, and Bertolini's Authentic Trattorias, a smaller chain offering Italian specialties in a casual dining atmosphere. At the end of 1998 Morton's Restaurant Group owned and operated 43 Morton's of Chicago and 12 Bertolini's units. All Morton's of Chicago restaurants were similar in style, concept, and decor, and were located in retail, hotel, commercial, and office building complexes in major metropolitan areas and urban centers. Catering primarily to business-oriented clients, Morton's of Chicago had an average per person check of about $65 in 1998. The Bertolini's restaurants offered white tablecloth service, with an average per person check of about $20. Morton's Restaurant Group also held a minority of stock in two other restaurant chains, Mick's and Peasant.

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New Orleans Shrimp


NEW ORLEANS SHRIMP
Morton's Copycat Recipe

Serves 4

Sauce:
1 pound butter
Scant 2 teaspoons black pepper
Scant 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon whole dried rosemary leaves (measured, then finely chopped)
2 ounces (1/4 cup) garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons water

Shrimp:
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound Shrimp (16-20 count), cleaned, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup dry white wine
Sourdough bread, for serving

Sauce: Soften butter at room temperature to 70-80 degrees. Place butter in mixing bowl; add pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, salt, rosemary, garlic, Worcestershire, Tabasco, and water. Whip on high speed 3 minutes or until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate to 40 degrees. The following shrimp recipe will use 1 cup of the butter; reserve extra for another use. Makes about 2 1/2 cups

For Shrimp: Pour olive oil in a hot saute pan. Add shrimp to the saute pan and cook on one side for 1-2 minutes. (Don't crowd; if necessary, use 2 pans. A 12-inch pan will accommodate 1 pound of shrimp.) Reduce heat to medium, turn shrimp, and add the chopped green onion. Cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Add white wine and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup. Stir in 1 cup cold Barbecue Butter, reduce heat to low and cook and stir frequently until shrimp are just done (white throughout, moist and tender), approximately 1 1/2 minutes. Take care not to overcook the shrimp. Serve immediately in a bowl preheated to 160 degrees.

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