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.




Broccoli Rabe Grilled Cheese

Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds broccoli rabe, tough ends trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces sliced crimini mushrooms
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 slices Panera Bread Sourdough Bread
8 ounces Fontina cheese, shredded

Cut broccoli rabe crosswise into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a very large nonstick skillet (or two smaller ones) and add enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook over high heat until the broccoli rabe is bright green and most of the water evaporates, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover, reduce heat to medium and cook until all water evaporates, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and mushrooms, toss to coat, and cook until the mushrooms are soft and the broccoli rabe is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, pepper flakes, and salt, toss to coat, and cook 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a plate and reserve the skillet.

Arrange 4 slices of bread on a work surface. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the bread slices, and then divide the broccoli rabe mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle with the remaining half of the cheese and top with the remaining bread. Compress slightly. Wipe out the skillet and heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sandwiches and cook until toasted on both sides and the cheese melts, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cut in half on a diagonal and serve.

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