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.




Bistro Steak Sandwich

Applebee's Copycat Recipe
Bistro Steak Sandwich and Fries Photo - Applebee's, San Jose, California

Serves 4

1 lb beef round tip steak, 1/8-1/4-inch thick, pound if necessary
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 tablespoons light soy sauce, divided
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 medium red onion, cut into thin wedges
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup jarred roasted red pepper, cut into strips
1/4 cup dry red wine
8 slices muenster cheese or 8 slices swiss cheese or 8 slices mozzarella cheese or 8 slices c- monterey jack cheese or 8 slices cheddar cheese
4 (6 inch) crusty rolls or 4 (6 inch) hoagie rolls

Stack beef steaks; cut lengthwise in half and then crosswise into 1" strips.
Heat 1 Tbl. olive oil in non-stick skillet over med-high heat til hot.
Stir-fry beef strips and garlic (1/2 batch at a time), 1-2 minutes or til outside surface is no longer pink.
Remove from skillet and season with 2 Tbl. soy sauce and pepper.
Reduce heat to medium.
Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan (if needed), and stir-fry onion 5 minutes.
Add mushrooms and continue cooking 2-3 minutes or til veggies are tender.
Add red pepper, wine and remaining 1 Tbl. soy sauce, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and return beef to skillet.
Heat through.
Pile beef mixture onto bottoms of rolls.
Top each with 2 slices cheese.
Place on cookie sheet with tops next to bottoms cut side up, and broil just til cheese is melted and inside tops are lightly toasted

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