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.

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Spinach Artichoke Dip in a Bread Bowl


Spinach Artichoke Dip in a Bread Bowl
Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 10-12


2 Panera Sourdough Bread Bowls
1 Panera Asiago or Three Cheese Loaf
1 cup baby-cut carrots
2 ribs celery, cut into 2-inch lengths
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup finely chopped red onion
1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup light sour cream
½ cup light mayonnaise
1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 jar (6 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and finely chopped
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cut out top of both Panera Sourdough Bread Bowls as if making a jack-o’-lantern out of a pumpkin. Remove bread from inside, leaving about a 1” shell of crust. Cut removed bread into 1” cubes and transfer to a serving bowl. Wrap the bread bowls in heavy-duty foil and bake until warmed through, 10 to 15 minutes.

Cut Panera Asiago or Three Cheese Loaf into 1” cubes and transfer to large serving platter. Arrange carrots and celery on platter as well.  Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and stir in sour cream, mayo, spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, salt and paprika. Cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Unwrap warm bread bowls and spoon-dip into the two bowls. (Or divide evenly between the two bowls.) Serve immediately with bread cubes, carrots and celery.

NOTES:
The breads bowls are also a nice presentation to serve soup in to get that restaurant meal feeling.

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