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 Copycat Recipe

Seasoned, grilled shrimp skewers on citrus island rice with pineapple. Served with seasonal vegetables.

Shrimp Marinade
4 whole lemons-juice only
16 shrimp peeled & deveined
 4 whole limes-juice only
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground pepper
 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
 1/2 cup olive oil

Combine all the marinade ingredients into a resealable plastic bag.
Add shrimp.
Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Save the lemons and lime to add to to the rice.
Place the shrimp on skewers (if they are wooden you need to soak them in water so they don't burn)
Cook the shrimp until done.  I use a George Foreman grill and it only takes a few minutes.  Watch them closely so they don't burn.
I looked at a lot of tropical rice recipes and they all call for adding fruit while cooking and into the recipe at the end. Below you will find a basic recipe for citrus rice and you can play with the flavors that you like.

I learned from a Cajun friend that the best way to cook flavored rice is to bake it in the oven.

This is how I made mine

You need a baking dish and a coffee cup to measure.

Add 1 cup of rice
Add 2 cups of liquid. You can use lemon juice, lime juice or the juice from the pineapple can. Make sure to dilute it with water to make 2 full cups of liquid. You may also add the lemon and lime rinds for added flavor.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Your rice will come out perfectly every time.
For this dish you can also grill pineapple and seasonal vegetables on skewers.

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