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.




Red, White, and Blue Panini

Panera Bread Recipe

Serves 4

6 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 thick slices Panera Bread Country Miche
6 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 pint fresh strawberries (about 20), hulled and thinly sliced
12 ounces thinly sliced smoked turkey breast
1 1/2 ounces (1 1/2 cups packed) baby spinach leaves

Stir together the mayonnaise, basil, and pepper in a cup. Spread the seasoned mayonnaise evenly on one side of four slices of the bread.

Use a knife to spread the blue cheese on the other four slices of bread. Then layer on the strawberries, turkey, and spinach. Top with the mayonnaise covered slices of bread, compress the sandwiches slightly, and generously coat them all over with cooking spray.

Heat a grill pan or panini press to medium. If using a grill pan, place a heavy weight, such as a cast iron pan or foil wrapped brick, on the sandwiches to compress them. If using a panini press, close the lid. Cook until the bread is nicely browned and the cheese begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally and serve hot.

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