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.




Beer Cheese Dip

Applebee's Restaurant Copycat Recipe

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1 bottle Blue Moon beer
1/2 cup milk
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 cups Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1 1/2 cups Sharp White Cheddar cheese, shredded
1 teaspoon hot sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
paprika or cayenne pepper powder, to garnish

Melt the butter over medium heat in a medium saucepan. Add the flour. Whisk to combine until smooth and continue cooking for about 1 minute. Continue to whisk and slowly add in the beer and milk. Add the garlic, mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Stir constantly for about 5 to 10 minutes, until thickened. The sauce should coat the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in both cheeses and the hot sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place in a nice bowl, garish with a dash of paprika or cayenne pepper powder and serve immediately while still warm.

Serve with warm pretzel sticks like Applebee’s or toasted bread for dipping.

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