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

2 whole pita breads
1 10 oz package frozen spinach
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 medium onion
5 or 6 plum tomatoes
1 8 oz package fresh mushrooms - (8 oz)
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp basil
1 tsp parsley
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup rice milk - (to 1)
4 tblspoons flour

Thaw spinach completely, press out all water. Heat milk in saucepan, when hot but not boiling stir in flour. Stir until sauce begins to thicken, turn heat down. Add nutritional yeast and spinach.

Stir constantly until thick and gooey, only about 3 to 4 minutes.

In separate pan, saute onion, garlic, until onion is tender. Stir in tomatoes, mushrooms, and spices. Saute until just done.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using a very sharp bread knife, split each pita bread so that you have two round flat pieces instead of one thick one. Place each piece of bread on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Spread spinach sauce over each.

Top with tomato mixture, being careful to avoid the juice. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes. Watch closely so that the edges of the pita don't burn.

Makes a nice crunchy crust.

This recipe yields 4 to 5 individual pizzas.

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