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.
Texas Smoked Cheese Dip
TEXAS SMOKED CHEESE DIP
Panera Bread Recipe
2 cups (8 ounces) grated sharp smoked Cheddar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 cup drained fresh salsa (refrigerated, not jarred)
1 to 2 teaspoons mild hot-pepper sauce, such as Frank’s (optional)
1 Panera Bread Sourdough Loaf, cubed
Place the cheese and cornstarch in a small saucepan and toss to combine. Add 1 cup of the evaporated milk and cook over low heat, whisking constantly until the cheese has melted and the dip thickened, 10 to 15 minutes. Add evaporated milk as necessary to thin out the dip.
Fold in the salsa, and the hot-pepper sauce (if using). Remove the pan from the heat and serve the dip immediately with the bread cubes.