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.
Caprese Salad with Ciabatta Chips
Panera Bread Recipe
1/2 loaf Panera Bread Ciabatta, sliced crosswise 1/8-inch thick
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 large ripe beefsteak tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
3 tablespoons packed fresh basil leaves
1 ounce fresh goat cheese, crumbled
2 teaspoons best-quality balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons best-quality extra virgin olive oil
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Put ciabatta slices on the foil and coat both sides with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/8 teaspoon pepper and all of the Parmesan. Bake until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes.
Arrange tomatoes on a platter or plates with slices overlapping. Scatter on the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Tuck basil leaves in among the slices and crumble goat cheese over the top. Put vinegar in a small bowl and whisk in oil in a slow trickle until blended and thickened. Drizzle over salad and serve immediately with the ciabatta chips.