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Applebee's Recipes

A list of Applebee's recipes, providing a helpful guide to preparing your favorite dishes from the Applebee's menu at home. These copycat Applebee's recipes are typically not based on exactly the method used at the popular restaurant chain, but are modeled closely on the flavor and texture of Applebee's food, making it easier than ever to bring these great tastes to your house for cheap.

From the cheesy biscuits at Red Lobster to the amazing sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings, it's always tempting to go out for a delicious treat at one of the numerous chain and franchise restaurants dotting the landscape. But eating out at restaurants all the time can be a costly proposition. Not to mention the fact that, at restaurants, you have no portion control, and can't alter the recipes, ingredients or style of cooking to suit your own taste.

Making Applebee's recipes in your home gives you all of these options, while saving you money, and providing the same great diversity and taste that you'd find at your favorite casual dining spot.

Applebee's was founded in 1980 in George, and has since become known for its staple "Americana"-inspired food, including salads, baked chicken, steaks and the restaurant's signature dish, "riblets." In states where this is permissible, each Applebee's location also features a full bar and a variety of appetizers and other bar-appropriate finger foods. In 2007, Applebee's restaurants were purchased by DineEquity Inc., the parent company that also owns IHOP.

What are the best Applebee's recipes? This list collections the best copycat Applebee's Recipes recipes from around the Web.

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    4 cloves garic
    1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    1 (14 oz) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
    1 (10 oz) container Alfredo-style pasta sauce
    1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened

    -Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
    -Place garlic in a small baking dish
    -Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, until soft
    -Remove from heat
    -When cool enough to touch, squeeze softened garlic from skins
    -In an 8x8 inch baking dish, spread the roasted garlic, spinach, artichoke hearts, Alfredo-style pasta sauce, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and cream cheese
    -Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until cheeses are melted and bubbly
    -Serve warm

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    Applebee's Honey Barbecue Riblets

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    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 a saucepan
    - Simmer for 20 minutes
    - Season ribs with salt, pepper and garlic
    - Sear the ribs on the grill until both sides are mahogany in color at 155 degrees
    - Place ribs on a roaster
    - Cover bottom of pan with water and liquid smoke flavor
    - Seal with two layers of foil wrap
    - Slow cook in 275 degrees or until meat is tender
    - Cover ribs with chopped onions,peppers and tomatoes
    - When ribs are cooked and tender brush with Honey Barbecue Sauce

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    Applebee's Chicken Wings

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    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 wings until done, bake or deep-fry
    - Mix all ingredients, in a saucepan, except flour, in medium heat
    - Add flour, stir constantly
    - When sauce is thick, cover the 9 x 13 inch baking dish with sauce
    - In a dish pan, mix rest of sauce with wings
    - Bake at 300 degrees until warm
    - Serve with celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing

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    Applebee's Chicken Quesadilla Grande

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    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
    Quesa Filling
    Jack and Cheddar cheeses
    Jalapeno pepper, diced
    Tomato, diced
    Onion, diced
    Cilantro, minced
    Bacon, fried and crumbled

    - Brush one side of tortilla with shortening
    - Spread chipotle sauce evenly on one tortilla
    - Microwave chicken for 45 minutes
    - Distribute Quesa Filling on top of chicken
    - Cover with other tortilla
    - Brown on griddle until Quesa Filling is melted
    - Add shredded lettuce,sour cream, green onion and salsa

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    Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken

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    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
    - Pour lime juice and tequila into a sealable plastic bag
    - Place marinated chicken in a sealable plastic bag overnight
    - Mix 1 tablespoon salsa and 3/4 tablespoons ranch dressing
    - Grill chicken over medium heat until thoroughly cooked
    - Place chicken on top of tortilla chips
    - Pour the prepared dressing over the chicken
    - Cover with cheddar Jack cheese
    - Place chicken under the broiler until cheese is melted
    - Serve with Pico de gallo and Spanish rice on the side

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    Applebee's Spinach Pizza

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    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
    - Heat milk, stir in flour when hot, thicken
    - Add nutritional yeast and spinach
    - Stir in constantly until thicken and gooey
    - Saute onion, garlic,tomatoes,mushroom and spices
    - Preheat oven to 425 degrees
    - Place split pita bread o n a cookie sheet or pizza pan
    - Spread spinach over
    - Top with tomato mixture without the juice
    - Bake until the edges of the pita does not burn

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    Applebee's Santa Fe Stuffed Chicken

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    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 including the breast parts until flat and rectangular shaped
    - Cut and grate the cheese into 8 slices
    - Wrap the chicken around the sliced cheese with the wooden picks
    - Combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, salt, cumin, and pepper
    - Roll the chicken in the melted butter and in bread crumbs mixture
    - Place in a baking dish
    - Drizzle remaining butter over the chicken
    - Refrigerate for ! hour
    - Bake in a 400 degree oven until chicken is cooked
    - Melt butter in a saucepan,add flour and milk, simmer
    - Stir in grated cheese,simmer until thick, make sure it won't burn
    - Place cooked chicken on plate,pour sauce and top with diced pepper

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    Applebee's Classic Patty Melt

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    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 burger with salt, pepper and garlic
    - Place on grill or broiler, seasoned
    - Cook at 155 degrees
    - Melt butter
    - Spread mayonnaise onto bread
    - Drop bread, dry side down onto melted pools
    - Cover one slice of bread with two slices of Swiss cheese, and the other with cheddar
    - Saute sliced onions in a melted butter
    - Season with salt, pepper and garlic
    - Place cooked burger patty on top of cheese and onion

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    Applebee's Blackened Whitefish Sandwich with Kookaburra Sauce

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    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

    - Brush both side of tilapia fillet with clarified butter
    - Sprinkle seasoning on both sides
    - Cook fillet on a highly oiled fry pan on medium heat
    - Stir Kookaburra sauce ingredients in a bowl, blend
    - Chill for at least one hour before serving

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    Applebee's Broiled Salmon with Garlic Butter

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

    - Preheat grill for 550 degrees
    - Brush salmon fillets with melted butter
    - Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic over each side of the salmon
    - Cook salmon in a pan or on grill for approximately 4 minutes
    - Turning salmon halfways on grill
    - Remove from heat and surface with garlic butter

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