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.
Ham, Apple and Cheese Sandwich
Ham, Gruyere and Apple Sandwiches on Ciabatta
Panera Bread Recipe
1 loaf Panera Ciabatta bread
1/4 pound deli-sliced ham
2 ounces thinly sliced Gruyere cheese
1/2 apple (your favorite variety), thinly sliced
1 teaspoon butter (for hot sandwich only)
For a cold sandwich, slice the Ciabatta lengthwise. Spread each half with Dijon mustard. Layer cheese on one half. Fold slices of ham on top of the cheese. Top with the apple slices. Cover with the other half of the bread. Cut sandwich in half to serve.
For a hot sandwich, slice the Ciabatta lengthwise. Spread each half with Dijon mustard. Sauté the apple slices in a teaspoon of butter in a non-stick pan just until tender. On one slice of bread, layer cheese, then apples and top with ham slices. Top with remaining bread. Heat the sandwich on a grill press or grill pan until warm and cheese has melted slightly. Cut the panera bread sandwich in half to serve.