Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–café quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.
Grilled Steak Salad
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds 1-inch thick beef tenderloin ( about 6 steaks)
1 sourdough baguette
Blue Cheese Sprinkles (optional)
1 (10 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves
1 head red leaf lettuce
1 (16 ounce) can mandarin oranges
1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about 4 ounce)
3/4 cup sliced almonds (about 3 ounce)
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
Saint Louis Bread Poppyseed dressing
Grilled steak: Rub both sides of steak lightly with vegetable oil, and season with salt and pepper. Grill steaks on one side, turn and finish grilling to desired doneness. (About 5 minutes per side for medium rare).
Transfer steaks to platter and let stand until cool, about 15 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
Just before serving slice diagonally into thin strips. If you prefer, coat the bottom of a large, heavy skillet with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and place over medium high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add steaks and cook on both sides to desired doneness. Prepare the steaks for serving as directed above.
Giant Crouton: Cut bread into 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake slowly in a 300 degree F oven until they are browned and crisp( approximately 25-30 minutes). For extra flavor, lightly brush each slice with olive oil after they have baked for 15 minutes. If you wish, sprinkle blue cheese crumbles over the slices for the last minute or so of baking, just until the cheese softens. Mix together salad ingredients, top with steak and giant croutons and serve with poppyseed dressing.