“Under the Radar” at Sundance Grill

This is the second in a series of posts that feature “under the radar” menu items at Silverton’s Las Vegas restaurants.

Executive Chef Ashley Archer is a big fan of the house-made buratta, which is served at Sundance Grill with grilled bread as an appetizer, and alongside fresh tomatoes and watermelon in the Caprese salad.

Watermelon Caprese Salad


“While many restaurants out there might offer buratta, we actually make ours fresh in our kitchen,” he said.  “When you consider the volume that we serve, this speaks to the pride that we take into our work and being in true control of the final outcome.”

Chef Ashley is particularly proud of the “scratch kitchen” philosophy that he and his team live by. “Would it be easier to buy this product?” he asked. “Sure! But there is a true feeling of accomplishment when you take raw ingredients that are sourced from the best vendors.  We take pride in knowing our buratta is better than any other that you might have tried.”

“It’s this particular road map that has allowed us to stand apart, while staying relevant to our guests as they join us on this culinary journey,” the chef said, with a twinkle in his eye.


What is buratta?

Burrata is a rich, creamy Italian cow’s milk cheese, with an exterior that resembles fresh mozzarella.  But – surprise! – you’ll find an ooey, gooey mixture of cream and small cheese curds inside, with an delightful silky texture. It’s the perfect complement to crunchy, grilled bread, which is exactly how we serve it at Sundance.

Sundance Grill at Silverton Casino is one of the best Las Vegas restaurants.  Specialties include country-fried steak and eggs, prime rib with creamy horseradish, towering pancake stacks and more. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night.

Executive Chef Ashley Archer Shares How to Whip Up a Fall Favorite

Fall is on our minds, even if it isn’t reflected on the thermostat quite yet this year. So we asked Executive Chef, Ashley Archer, for a tasty way to make it feel a little bit more like autumn. What better way to do that, than through your taste buds? Chef did not disappoint, providing us with an amazing Butternut Squash Risotto recipe that pairs perfectly with your favorite protein! Give it a try below and be sure to share it with us on Facebook or Instagram by tagging @silvertoncasino.


Butternut Squash Risotto


½ cup roasted butternut squash (medium diced)

1 cup Arborio Rice

1 clove of garlic (smashed)

1 sprig of fresh thyme

4 cups of warm chicken stock

¼ cup small diced yellow onion

¼ cup unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt & pepper to taste


Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a small stockpot add the olive oil over medium heat. Add the rice, onions, garlic clove, and sprig of fresh thyme. Continue to stir until the rice is well coated and the onions start to turn translucent.
  2. Slowly add the chicken stock and stir the rice with a wooden spoon. You must continue to agitate the rice during the cooking process so the starches are released from the grain. You will want to add small amounts of chicken stock and never totally submerge the grain.
  3. After about 10-15 minutes add the roasted butternut squash to the risotto and continue to stir.
  4. Once the rice is tender and to your liking finish by adding butter and season with salt and pepper.

The result should be a smooth and creamy texture and then you are ready to serve. This dish is great for the fall and cooler months while pairing great with sautéed or grilled shrimp, chicken, or braised short ribs.

If you plan on skipping the kitchen tonight, Chef Ashley suggests that you pay a visit to Herbs & Rye.  He raves that they have a “Great environment, awesome food, and their bartenders are some of the best in the country”.

We’re looking forward to seeing the masterpieces that you whip up and can’t wait for you to share with us before you clean your plate!

Butternut Squash Risotto Silverton Casino