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

4 tilapia fillets
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Ratatouille Sauce
1 small eggplant
1 small zucchini
1 sweet green pepper, seeded and cored
2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
tbsp (15 mL) minced fresh oregano
1/3 cup (75 mL) minced fresh parsley
1 can (19 oz) diced tomatoes

2 tbsp tomato paste

MakeRatatouille Sauce:
Chop eggplant to make 2 cups. Chop zucchini and green pepper to make 1 cup. 

In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; cook eggplant, zucchini, green pepper, onion, garlic, salt and hot pepper flakes, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. 

Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste and oregano; cover and simmer until thickened and vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley.

Make the Tilapia:
Meanwhile, in shallow dish, dredge fillets in flour, turning to coat; shake off excess. 

In large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat; cook fish, in batches, until crispy and golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with ratatouille sauce.

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