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.

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BAKED FRENCH ONION SOUP

Applebee's Baked French Onion Soup Copycat Recipe
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The Recipe:

3 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 med white onions – sliced
1 cup water
8 cups beef broth
2 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
8 pieces of Texas toast or 4 hamburger buns
8 slices provolone cheese or other white cheese
8 teaspoons shredded Parmesan cheese (the fresh shredded is best)

Directions:

In large saucepan heat 3 Tbsp oil over a medium to high heat.
Add onion and saute slowly for 20 minutes until soft.  Do not let them brown. Turn down the heat if needed.
Add water, beef broth, water, garlic powder, salt and pepper to the onions and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes.
While the soup is cooking, prepare your toast or croutons.
If you’re using hamburger buns (onion rolls work well too), cut the crowns off the tops so they’re the same thickness at the bottoms of the buns.  The crowns can be thrown away.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Bake the bread in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and cripsy.  These should be cooked directly on the racks.
Spoon about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of soup into an “oven safe” bowl.
Top the soup with a slice of the baked bread.
Place a slice of provolone cheese on top of the bread.
Sprinkle 1/2 tsp shredded parmesan cheese on top of the provolone.
Set your oven on broil and place the bowl of soup on the middle rack.
Broil the soup until the cheese melts and starts to brown in spots (approx 5 minutes).
Sprinkle 1/2 tsp shredded parmesan cheese on top and server very hot.

TIPS


Applebee’s™ has one of the best tasting onion soup restaurant recipes around. The combination of the sweet onions, the piping hot broth and the crunchy bread with melted cheese on top is pretty close to cooking genius.  If you can’t imagine a soup made up of onions, change your mindset and give this one a shot.  A soft flavor combined with the strands of melted cheese are heaven on earth.

One of the secrets to making a good tasting onion soup is how you cook the onions themselves.  Go slow and don’t rush it.  An onion is a root vegetable, which means it’s sugar content is very high.  Anytime you’re cooking something with sugar in it, you run the risk of making it bitter by burning the sugars.  Same holds true for onions.  Slowly cook these and don’t let them brown.  You’ll want them soft and translucent.

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