Applebee's International, Inc. is the leader in the casual dining segment of the United States restaurant marketplace. The company franchises and operates more than 1,100 restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar name, about a quarter of which it owns. The eateries offer moderately priced, high-quality food and drink for all ages in a friendly, informal atmosphere. Applebee's is continuing to expand, with 1,800 outlets the company's stated goal. A smaller restaurant format has been designed for areas with populations under 25,000, to facilitate penetration of previously untapped markets.



Jamaican Freeze

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 1/4 oz Malibu Pineapple
3/4 oz Midori
2 oz Pina Colada Mix
1 oz Banana Puree

Blend all ingredients with ice until smooth. Pour into Collins glass and garnish with a pineapple slice and a cherry.


Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 oz Rum
1 1/2 oz Club Soda
3 fresh Mint Sprigs
2 tsp Sugar
3 tbsp fresh Lemon Juice

Mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into an unusually shaped glass. Add crushed ice.

Road Runner Cocktail

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1/2 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
1/2 oz. Blackberry Liqueur
1/2 oz. Banana Liqueur
1/2 oz. Grenadine
3 oz. Sweet and Sour mix
1/2 oz. Float of Bacardi Black Rum
1/2 Scoop of Ice

Bloody Mary

Applebee's Classic Bloody Mary

2 oz. Absolut Vodka
Fill to 1/2 inch from the top with Bloody Mary Mix
1 snit Beer (optional)

Garnish: Red onion ring & green pepper ring hung over celery stick.

Serve in a hurricane glass with ice.

Frozen Daiquiris

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 1/2 oz. Rum
1 oz. Sweet and Sour Mix
4 oz. Frozen strawberries (peach, banana, and lime can substitute)
1/2 scoop Ice

Garnish: Fresh Fruit Garnish (depending on flavor)

Summer Squeeze Cocktail

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Makes 2 Drinks

4 ounces fresh lemon
juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
3 ounces Bacardi Limon rum
6 lemon wedges

Prepare lemonade by combining the fresh lemon juice, sugar, and water in a small pitcher. Stir until sugar dissolves. Make drinks by filling each of two 16 ounce glasses with ice. Add 1 1/2 ounces of Bacardi Limon to each glass and fill to the top with lemonade. Squeeze two lemon wedges into each glass, and then drop the wedges into the drink. Put a slice in each of the remaining two lemon wedges and add one to the rim of each glass.

Sweet Asian Pineapple Burger

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 light hamburger bun
4 ounces raw extra-lean ground beef
1 tablespoon liquid egg whites (about half a large egg white)
dash ground ginger
dash garlic powder
2 tablespoon roughly chopped pineapple chunks (previously packed in juice)
1 slice Colby Jack or Medium Cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons sweet Asian chili sauce

Toast bun halves.  In a medium bowl, thoroughly mix beef, egg whites, and seasonings. Evenly form into a patty about 4 inches wide.  Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Lay patty in the pan, and top with pineapple.

Use a spatula to press pineapple into the beef, slightly smashing the burger.  Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until cooked to your preference.  Top patty with cheese, cover, and cook until melted, about 30 seconds.  Spread chili sauce onto the bottom half of the bun, and top with the cheese topped patty. Finish with the top bun half.

Orange Chicken Bowl

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

Serves 2-4

Spicy Orange Sauce
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons orange marmalade
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon minced parsley
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Almond Rice Pilaf
2 1/4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons salted butter, divided use
1 cup uncooked converted rice
1/8 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup sliced or slivered almonds
1/4 cup diced celery
1/4 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon dried parsley

1 1/2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3/4 cup sugar snap peas
1/4 cup shredded carrot

1/2 cup crispy chow mein noodles
1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds

Make the spicy orange sauce by combining all ingredients except vinegar in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium/low heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add vinegar.

Cook chicken according to package directions. Keep warm.

Heat chicken broth in microwave for 3 to 4 minutes on high, until it bubbles. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add rice and saute 2 to 4 minutes, until it begins to turn light brown. Add broth and salt. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 20 minutes.

Melt remaining butter in a medium skillet over medium heat, add almonds and saute another couple of minutes until onion is translucent. Stir this mixture add parsley into rice and cover.

Cook the broccoli, red pepper, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, and carrot in a steamer basket over simmering water in a covered saucepan for 10 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.

Divide pilaf into 2 to 4 bowls. Spoon veggies over rice. Cut chicken fingers in half and toss with sauce. Spoon chicken and sauce over veggies, top with noodles and almonds, and serve.

Chicken Enchiladas

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 (10 inch) flour tortilla
2 ounces sauteed jullienne cut onions
1 ounce sauteed julienne cut green bell peppers
4 ounces sliced grilled chicken

With warm chicken and veggies place in center of tortilla fold tortilla in thirds so fold in on the bottom.

Top the enchilada with 3 ounces of mexiranch dressing (2 parts Ranch dressing mixed with 1 part salsa) and 1/4 cup of monterey jack/cheddar cheese mix.

Place in the microwave and cook until the cheese melts.

Asiago Peppercorn Steak

Applebee's Copycat Recipe

1 (7 oz.) sirloin steak
1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
1 teaspoon shredded Asiago cheese
4 ounces seasonal vegetables
roasted red potatoes with garlic and herb dressing

Spray the grill with cooking spray. Cover steak with cracked peppercorns, grill to preferred temperature, once done. Be sure to make grill marks on each side of steak. Lightly cover steak with Asiago cheese, sprinkle evenly. Place steak in oven to melt cheese.

Use red potatoes, slice in quarters, lightly season and roast them. Drizzle mixture of garlic and herb dressing over potatoes.

Garlic and Herb Dressing
Applebee's has their own secret signature garlic herb sauce, but you could make it at home by substituting it with a great garlic and herb vinaigrette dressing. Just be sure to use a light version, to keep your calories down. The key is how much you put on the potatoes -- only 1 tablespoon.

Serve with a side of steamed fresh, in season vegetables.