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.
Roast Beef, Bacon & Mushroom Melt
ROAST BEEF BACON MUSHROOM MELT
Applebee's Restaurant Copycat Recipe
1 slice center cut bacon
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 tablespoons red wine
2 slices bread
1 slice Swiss cheese
thinly sliced roast beef
2 teaspoons butter
Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.)
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Cook and stir onion until softened, about 4 minutes. Remove onion. Add mushrooms to the skillet. Carefully add wine and 2 tablespoons water. Cook and stir until mushrooms are soft and liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.
Lay bread slices flat, and top one slice with cheese, roast beef, onion, and mushrooms. Break bacon in half and place over mushrooms. Add the other bread slice, and spread the top with 1 teaspoon butter. Clean skillet, re-spray, and return to medium heat. Place sandwich in the skillet, buttered side down. Spread the top with remaining 1 tsp. butter. Cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side, pressing down with a spatula to seal.