Applebee’s New Spirited Menu Gift Card Giveaway
Today is a day for the history books! Well my own history book in my head for my cute little blog anyway. MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!! I was approached by the super cool people at Applebee’s because they’ve launched a new Spirited Cuisine menu and they thought I might like to share it with you. Turns out I surely do! When I took a look at this new menu I fell in love and the prices are perfect!!!
What Executive Chef Michael Slavin has done is incorporate spirits in three new dishes and the outcome looks amazing! Applebee’s serves a million people a day! Can you believe those numbers? Wow! Can you imagine the pressure an executive chef must be under to come up with recipes to make that many people happy? I stress out on my little family! While these techniques are commonplace at some high-end restaurants, you don’t have to break the bank to experience them.
Let me say first, before I get into talking about a couple dishes, that those of you who don’t drink please understand that this doesn’t eliminate these dishes for you. When cooking with alcohol since of course it’s alcohol, it evaporates almost completely as soon as it’s added to a flame and the result is the base flavors that make up the spirit. Like whiskey for example (because that’s the first dish) is aged in oak barrels so that’s the flavor that comes out. Also, Applebee’s philosophy in cooking with spirits is “less is more. You don’t need very much to add the desired flavor in a well-balanced dish.”
There’s one with onions and mushrooms that are caramelized with double barrel whiskey to bring out the sugars and then deglaze the pan with American whiskey and flame it up to bring out the oaky qualities in the whiskey. They cook the steaks to perfection and pour the whiskey, onions and mushrooms on top…whoa! I’m drooling already! Check out this link with Executive Chef Michael and see what he has to say. He’s a handsome man, too so not bad to look at!!! Double Barrel Whiskey Sirloins.
Another dish on the new Spirited Menu is Brew Pub Pretzels and Beer Cheese Dip. I love beer cheese soup and these pretzels look awesome! A perfect appetizer! I think I may try and make this at home soon. The beer in this recipe is also American (which I love) and it’s a very subtle flavor. You’re not going to be knocked over by a strong beer taste but be able to enjoy the brightness of it along with the creamy cheese and crunchy, salty pretzels.
Another recipe on the Spirited Cuisine menu is Applebee’s Napa Chicken and Portobellos which is cooked with a cabernet demi glace. I think that’ll be my choice! You see Applebee’s forwarded me a $25 gift card so that I can enjoy the new menu as well as generously giving one to a special reader of mine! How cool is that?
Now, the question is…who wants it???
A lot of times when people have giveaways, I’ve heard participants complain that they hated having to jump through hoops to get it. I’m not going to make you do that! I’m using a program called Rafflecopter which helps me keep it all legal and fair but I’ve given you several options. The more options you choose the better your chance. Only one choice is mandatory and that’s just a simple comment below on which dish you’d choose if you’re the winner. Other choices are optional but the beauty is that you can stay right here and do it all. I also think this is perfect timing because we’re all going to be slaving away in the kitchen soon (if you haven’t already started…I haven’t) and it’ll be a nice little break to get out and let Applebee’s feed US!
The gift card is in an electronic format so that as soon as the winner is chosen, I’ll email you the link and you can be eating one of these stellar dishes by dinnertime of the same day! And, when I go I’ll post my picks for the dish I chose to Instagram. As the winner (or anyone really, y’all join in!) why don’t you do the same and let me know! I’ll tweet about ya! FUN!!
The contest goes live on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 12:01am and ends Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 12:01am. The winner will be emailed on Wednesday morning. Have fun and I hope YOU win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
By the way, I received the same prize as the winner will receive, a $25 gift card but my opinions are all my own.