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

Provolone stuffed meatballs on a sub roll with cheese and marinara sauce.

1/3 cup milk
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground veal
1 pound ground beef or just 3lbs of ground beef
1/3 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, plus more for garnish
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/3 pound provolone cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Olive oil for frying
6 cups marinara sauce with crushed red pepper added to taste

6 6inch sub rolls
provolone cheese, sliced

Make the Meatballs
In a large bowl, combine the milk and bread crumbs. Add the ground pork, veal, beef, the 1/3 cup parsley, the eggs, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix briefly with your hands. Form the mixture into 2-inch balls. Press a mozzarella cheese cube into the center of each ball, sealing it inside.

In a large electric skillet set on medium-high heat, heat 1/2 inch of oil until almost smoking. Add the meatballs and cook until browned, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined tray. Discard the oil in the pan. Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes more.

Make the Sandwiches

Preheat oven to 450. Slicethe rolls lengthwise almost all the way through.On baking sheet, put meatballs in single layer and top with provolone cheese.Put them into the oven until cheese melts. Add meatballs to rolls
Enjoy all that cheesy goodness!!!

If you prefer a toasted roll, put rolls on baking sheet and add meatballs to the roll.

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