Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© 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.




Italian Panini

Italian Panini
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4

1 loaf Rosemary and Onion Focaccia split horizontally
1/2 cup Panera Bread Dipping Sauce for bread
1 lb. hard Italian salami thinly sliced
1/2 lb. fresh baby spinach leaves
1 red onion thinly sliced
3/4 lb. provolone cheese thinly sliced

Spread dipping sauce on the top and bottom of the focaccia. Arrange half of the cheese slices on the bottom piece of the focaccia. Add in a layer of the spinach, salami, red onion and the other half of the cheese. Place the top of the focaccia on the sandwich and cut the sandwich in quarters.

Spray a large, heavy skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add in the sandwiches to the pan. Press down frequently and firmly with the back of a spatula, till the bread is toasted, about 3 to 4 min. Carefully turn the sandwiches over and heat the other sides, again pressing firmly with the spatula for an additional 3 to 4 min.

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