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.
Applebee's Awesome Blossom Copycat Recipe
1 egg, beaten
1 cup fat free milk
1 cup flour
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
½ cup fat free mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons horseradish sauce
2 teaspoons catsup
¼ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
A dash of ground black pepper
Make the Dipping Sauce
Combine all the dipping sauce ingredients into a small bowl.
Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Make the Batter
Wet ingredients . Combine the egg and milk in a medium bowl.
Dry ingredients . Combine the flour, salt, peppers, and thyme in another medium bowl.
Prepare the Onion
Preheat oil in a deep fryer to 350 degrees. Cut about 3/4" off the top the of onion and remove the peel.
Cut into onion 12 to 16 vertical wedges but do not cut through bottom root end. Remove about 1" of petals from the center of the onion.
Dip the large flowered onion in the wet mixture, then into the dry mixture. Repeat the process.
Refrigerate the coasted onion for at least 15 minutes.
Fry the Onion
Fry onion in hot oil for 10 minutes until golden brown.
Serve with the chilled dipping sauce.