Applebee's Recipes

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Applebee’s Mexi-Ranch Dip

3 cups Reduced fat Ranch dressing
2 cups Pace Picante Sauce (medium)
1 cup water

Mix thoroughly. Enjoy!

Applebee’s Veggie Patch Pizza

1 (10-inch) flour tortilla
Butter-flavor oil, as needed
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
Black pepper, to taste
Granulated garlic, to taste
Salt, to taste
4 ounces Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup diced tomatoes
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan/Romano cheese

Prepare your Veggie Patch Pizza as you would any other home made pizza. Place pizza pan in preheated 350 F. oven for 10 minutes, or until cheese melts\browns\bubbles.

Serve and enjoy

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

1 (10 ounce) box frozen, chopped spinach, thawed
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and rough chopped
1 cup shredded parmesan/Romano cheese blend
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
10 ounces prepared Alfredo sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces (1/2 package) softened creamcheese

Pizza: In a hot saute pan or on a griddle, place sliced mushrooms and butter-flavor oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic. Cook until hot.

Brush tortilla with oil and place on griddle.

Spread spinach and artichoke dip evenly on top of tortilla to within 1/2 inch of the edge.

Top with mushrooms, when cooked, Italian seasoning and diced tomatoes.

Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over pizza and remove from griddle and place on a pizza pan in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F.

Remove from oven when cheese is melted and top with shredded Parmesan/Romano cheese.

Cut into wedges and serve.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip: Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread mixture into a small baking dish.

Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling and melted.

Serve as the “sauce” for the vegetable pizza or as a dip for chips.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Spinach Pizza

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.

Applebee’s Santa Fe Stuffed Chicken

8 boned, skinned chicken breast halves
8 oz. block Monterey jack cheese - divided
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 1/2 Tbls. grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup melted butter OR margarine
1 Tbls. butter OR margarine
1 Tbls. all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 sm. red bell pepper - seeded, diced
1 sm. green bell pepper - seeded, diced

Pound chicken with a meat mallet until flat and rectangular shaped; repeat with remaining breasts. Cut half of the cheese block into 8 slices; grate the remaining cheese; set aside.

Wrap each flattened chicken breasts around a slice of cheese; secure with wooden picks or uncooked spaghetti noodles.

Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, cumin, and pepper.
Roll the secured chicken pieces in the melted butter and then in the bread crumb mixture.

Place chicken breasts in a 13" X 9" X 2" baking dish, being careful not to crowd them.

Drizzle remaining butter over the breasts.

Refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze to bake later (baking time will be increased by about 5-10 minutes).

Bake in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Melt butter in saucepan, stir in flour,whisk in milk, then bring to a simmer.

Stir in grated cheese, reduce heat, and simmer until thick, stirring constantly so the cheese doesn’t burn.

Place chicken on plates, pour sauce over, and top with diced peppers.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Chicken Wings

About 35 wings pieces
12 ounces Louisiana Hot Sauce
6 tablespoons margarine
3 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoons flour

Cook the wings until done either bake or deep-fry.

Mix all sauce ingredients except flour in a saucepan on the stove. Cook over low-medium heat.

When warm, add flour to thicken sauce. Stir frequently.

When sauce is thick, cover bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking dish with sauce.

Mix rest of sauce with wings and place in baking dish. Bake at 300 degrees for about 20 minutes or until warm.

Serve with celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and roughly chopped
1 cup shredded parmesan-Romano cheese blend
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
10 ounces prepared Alfredo sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 ounces softened cream cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Combine ingredients thoroughly in a bowl and spread mixture into a small baking dish.

Bake for 30 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling and melted.

Serve as the “sauce” for Applebee’s Veggie Patch Pizza or as a dip for chips.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Spinach Pizza

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 cup)
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.

Applebee’s Chicken Quesadilla Grande

1/2 ounce shortening
2 (12-inch) flour tortillas
2 tablespoons chipotle sauce (optional)
4 ounces grilled chicken (spicy seasoning optional)
6 ounces Quesa Filling
1 cup shredded lettuce
Sour cream
Green onion
Salsa
Quesa Filling
Jack and Cheddar cheeses
Jalapeno pepper, diced
Tomato, diced
Onion, diced
Cilantro, minced
Bacon, fried and crumbled

Brush one side of each tortilla with shortening. Place one tortilla, shortening side down on work surface. Spread chipotle sauce evenly on one tortilla.

Microwave chicken approximately 45 seconds, then distribute on top of sauce on tortilla. Evenly distribute Quesa Filling on top of chicken. Cover with other tortilla, shortening side up. Brown on griddle or in non-stick skillet evenly on both sides until internal Quesa Filling is thoroughly melted.

Use shredded lettuce, sour cream, green onion and salsa as accompaniments.

Applebee’s Honey Barbecue Riblets

Barbecue Sauce

1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons dry mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke flavor

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and simmer for 20 minutes.

Riblet (Rib) Preparation:

For rib tips (“riblets”) and full racks, first season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic to taste. Then, sear the ribs on the grill/broiler until both sides are mahogany in color and the meat has begun to pull away from the bone (155 degrees F internal temperature).

Place ribs on rack in deep pan/roaster. Cover bottom of pan with mixture of water and liquid smoke flavoring (4:1 ratio of water to liquid smoke) without mixture touching the ribs (it will make them bitter). Seal tightly with two layers of foil wrap to cover.

Slow cook in 275 degree F oven until meat is tender. Time varies with how many ribs are being cooked, pan used and your oven temperature.

Plan on anywhere from two to five hours, but check to be sure. The slower, the better for this process.

Just make sure an internal food temperature of 155°F is maintained. (To moderate cooking for small amounts of ribs, try covering ribs with chopped onions, peppers and tomatoes. This also keeps them moist and adds a nice flavor).

When ribs are fully cooked and tender, remove from oven and finish off on grill/broiler until marrow in the bone tips “sizzles.” Brush with Honey Barbecue Sauce just before removing for service.

Serve with your favorite side dishes. Applebee’s serves their ribs with French fries, coleslaw and their special honey barbecue baked beans.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Tequila Lime Chicken

1 (5 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breast
1/2 cup lime juice
1/4 cup tequila (non-alcoholic may be used)
1/2 cup tortilla chips
1/4 cup Mexi-ranch Dressing (recipe to follow )
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar jack cheese
Set oven to broil.

To prepare chicken, pour lime juice and tequila into a sealable plastic bag. Place chicken in bag and chill. Marinate chicken overnight.

To prepare Mexi-ranch Dressing, in a small bowl mix:

1 tablespoon salsa
3 tablespoons ranch dressing

Remove chicken from marinade and grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

To assemble: Scatter tortilla chips on an oven-safe plate. Place chicken on top of tortilla chips.

Pour Mexi-ranch dressing over chicken. Cover with the shredded Cheddar jack cheese. Place chicken under the broiler until cheese is melted. Be careful, plate will be hot!

Serve with Pico de Gallo and Spanish rice on the side.

Applebee’s Smothered Chicken

1 (8 oz.) chicken breast marinated in a teriyaki flavoring
1/2 cup each mushrooms, green peppers, and yellow onions sauteed in butter and Burger-Fry

Seasoning:

1 slice of Monterey jack cheese
1 slice of cheddar cheese

Grill the chicken. Cover the chicken breast with the sauteed mix. Cut the cheese into 1/2 slices, and layer the cheese over the sauteed veggies.

Place in oven until cheeses melts.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Classic Patty Melt

1 burger patty
Salt, pepper, granulated garlic, to taste
Melted butter, as needed
2 pieces Italian bread
2 tablespoons mayonnaise with roasted garlic and mustard
2 slices Swiss cheese
2 slices Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced onions

Season one side of the burger with salt, pepper and garlic. Place on grill or in broiler, seasoned side down. Then season the other side. Cook to desired doneness. (At our Applebee’s, the minimum internal temperature of any burger is 155 degrees F.

While burger is cooking, melt butter in fry pan on medium heat or in electric skillet (set at 350 degrees). Spread mayonnaise onto bread. Drop bread, dry side down, onto melted pools and swirl to coat (to avoid sticking/burning).

Cover one slice of bread with two slices of Swiss cheese and the other with two slices of cheddar.

In a separate frying/saute pan, melt butter and saute sliced onions.

Season with salt, pepper and garlic while heating.

Place cooked burger patty on top of one cheese-topped slice of bread and the sautéed onions on the other.

Carefully close and cut sandwich.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Chicken Fajitas

1 (5 ounce) chicken breast, marinated in fajita seasoning
1/2 tomato
4 ounces onion
2 ounces peppers
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup pico de gallo or salsa
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese
4 flour tortillas
Fresh jalapenos

Place marinated chicken on clean lightly oiled broiler.

Cook chicken until it reaches minimum temperature of 165 degrees F.

Slice chicken into 32 to 40 pieces. Saute tomato, onion and peppers.

Place tortillas in the microwave for 14 seconds. Serve with pico de gallo or salsa, sour cream, Cheddar cheese and fresh jalapenos.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Baby Back Ribs

3 racks (about 1 pound each) pork baby back ribs, each cut in half
Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon salt

Put ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover them. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until ribs are fork tender.

Mix all sauce ingredients together in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often, for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.

Heat broiler. Line broiler with foil for easy cleanup.

Place ribs, meat side down, on broiler pan, brush with 1/2 the sauce and broil 4-5 inches from heat source for 6 to 7 minutes.

Turn ribs over , brush with remaining sauce and broil 6 to 7 minutes longer or until edges are slightly charred.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Chicken Cheese Tortilla Soup

1 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 Tbls. vegetable oil
4 cups chicken broth
15 oz. can tomato puree
1 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup hot sauce - optional
1/4 cup chopped green pepper - optional
1 Tbls. minced jalapeno pepper - optional
1 tsp. chili powder - optional
1/4 tsp. black pepper - optional
1/4 cup all-purpose flour mixed with 1/2 cup water
1 lb. cooked chicken - cubed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
8 oz. process cheese food - cut in 1" cubes
(10) 6" corn tortillas - cut in 1/4" strips
chopped cilantro - optional, for garnish

Saute garlic and onions in oil in large pan or Dutch oven until soft.

Add next 10 ingredients to pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Whisk flour/water mixture into soup.

Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add cream, sour cream, and cheese; stir until cheese is melted.

Deep-fry tortilla strips in 350F degree oil OR spray with non-stick cooking spray and bake in a 400 degree oven until crisp.

Sprinkle with salt if desired.

Pour soup into bowls, pile tortilla strips into a “haystack” shape on top of the soup, garnish with cilantro.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Blackened Whitefish Sandwich with Kookaburra Sauce

2 tilapia filets, approximately 6 to 7 ounces
Clarified butter, as needed
Cajun/blackening seasoning, as needed
2 round sandwich/burger buns
Shredded lettuce/tomatoes slices/red onion slices/pickles, as desired

Kookaburra Sauce

1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish
2 tablespoons minced green cabbage
2 tablespoons minced carrots
1 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons minced pimiento
2 tablespoons minced yellow onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon dry vermouth

Sandwich:

Brush both sides of tilapia filet with clarified butter (or butter flavored cooking oil) and sprinkle approximately five pinches of seasoning on each side. Place filet in a highly oiled fry pan or skillet on medium high heat and cook to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Served on toasted bun with garnishes as desired and Kookaburra Sauce (below ) on your side.

Kookaburra Sauce:

Stir or whisk ingredients in a bowl to blend. Adjust seasonings to taste (minced jalapenos are a nice addition for thosew ho like it hot). Chill for at least one hour before serving.

Shelf life is 48 hours.

Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak

Yield: 4 servings

1/2 cup bottled steak sauce
1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
4 beef rib, round, or chuck steaks (10 ounces each)

Combine all the ingredients except the steaks in a baking dish or resealable plastic storage bag; mix well.

Add the steaks; cover (or seal) and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the steaks for 12 to 15 minutes, or until desired doneness, turning them over halfway through the grilling.

Enjoy!

Applebee’s Broiled Salmon with Garlic Butter

4 (5 ounce) salmon filets
Melted butter, as needed
Pepper, to taste
Granulated garlic, to taste
Salt, to taste
Garlic butter, as needed

Preheat skillet or grill to 550 degrees F.

Brush raw salmon filets with melted butter. (Do not reuse butter. Wash brush before using to dab with garlic butter before serving.)

Shake/sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic over each side of the salmon. Place salmon in pan or on grill. Cook fish approximately four minutes (varies with weight and thickness), turning halfway at two minutes on grill to achieve “diamond” grill marks.

Turn salmon over gently and cook approximately three minutes, turning half way through.

Remove from heat and lightly dab top surface with garlic butter before serving.

Serve with your favorite side dishes.