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Dec
18
2013

Panera Mac & Cheese

Posted by: ChefTom in Categories: Panera Bread, Recipes.
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We’re exactly one week away from Christmas and now starts the mad rush to finish all your holiday shopping and planning.  The week before Christmas I usually never have time to cook a full meal so now’s the time when super quick and easy recipes come in handy.

Today’s secret recipe (below) is a simple and delicious dish from the menu at Panera Bread.  Everyone loves macaroni and cheese and Panera’s version tastes so much better than any store-bought version.

Don’t forget we have a special collection of holiday recipes on our forum that you can browse: Go Here

Enjoy!

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Panera Mac & Cheese

1 16 oz. package of rigati pasta (or other small pasta shells)
1/4 Cup butter
1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
2 1/2 Cups 2% reduced fat milk (or cream)
6 slices white American cheese, chopped
1 Cup (8 oz.) shredded extra-sharp white Vermont cheddar
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. hot sauce

Cook pasta according to directions on box or bag.

Melt the butter over low heat, and stir in flour. Cook for one minute. Gradually stir in milk or cream, whichever you choose to use. Cook over medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat.

Add cheeses, mustard, salt, and hot sauce, stirring until cheese melts and sauce is smooth. Stir in cooked pasta and cook over medium heat for 1 minute (or until thoroughly heated). Serve warm.

Serves 4

Source: Recipe4Living

Until Next Time… Be Well!

Kind Regards,

Ron

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May
01
2013

Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

Posted by: ChefTom in Categories: Panera Bread, Recipes.

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Today’s secret recipe is for a fresh and tasty Asian chicken salad served at Panera Bread.  The sesame dressing has a wonderful flavor that works well with most salads.  This salad is also a great way to make use of leftover chicken.

For an easy dessert, check out this no-bake strawberry icebox cake recipe that was recently posted on our forum: Go Here

Enjoy!

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Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad

Salad:
2 wonton wrappers
2 Tbs. almonds, sliced
4 Cups romaine lettuce
1 Tbs. fresh cilantro, chopped
3 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts, grilled and sliced

Dressing:
1/2 Cup rice vinegar
4 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs.canola oil
1/2 Tbs. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sesame seeds
black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cut the wontons into 1/4 inch strips.

Heat the canola oil to 365° in a heavy skillet.

Fry the wonton strips.

Toast the almonds in the oven for 5 minutes.

Toss then toast for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven and let cool.

To assemble the salad, in a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce, cilantro, wonton strips, chicken and dressing.

Top with the sesame seeds and almonds.

For the dressing: In a small sauce pan, heat the vinegar and sugar until the sugar dissolves, stirring often. Let it cool completely. Mix the oils together. Whisking constantly, pour in the oil mix to make an emulsion.  Add salt, pepper and sesame seeds.

Serves 4

Source: Recipe4Living

Until Next Time… Be Well!

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Ron

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Oct
03
2012

Panera Turkey Artichoke Panini

Posted by: ChefTom in Categories: Panera Bread, Recipes.

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Everyone loves the toasted panini sandwiches at Panera Bread.  Today’s secret recipe will show you how to easily recreate their flavorful turkey artichoke panini at home.

This recipe calls for spinach artichoke spread.  You can prepare your own spread by following this simple recipe from our forum: Go Here

Serve the remaining spinach artichoke spread with some crackers or tortilla chips for a delicious snack.

Enjoy!

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Panera Turkey Artichoke Panini

1 loaf pesto focaccia bread
8 oz. freshly sliced turkey
4 oz. spinach artichoke spread
2 oz. asiago cheese
1 small red onion, diced
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1-2 tomatoes, sliced ( 6-8 slices)
1 pinch salt and pepper

Preheat panini grill to medium temperature.

In a medium sauce pan, sauté diced red onion in olive oil until transparent. Add balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the loaf of pesto focaccia into two semi-circles, and halve each semi-circle.

Layer the turkey onto the bottom halves of the focaccia bread, and spread spinach artichoke mix over turkey. Layer sautéed onions, asiago/parmesan blend and tomato slices. Close face of panini with the top halves of focaccia bread.

Add panini to preheated grill and press lightly. Grill 5 minutes on medium or until the cheese begins to melt and there are grill marks on the focaccia bread.

Serves 2

Source: Recipe4Living

Until Next Time… Be Well!

Kind Regards,

Ron

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Aug
15
2012

Panera Bread’s Cool Avocado Soup

Posted by: ChefTom in Categories: Panera Bread, Recipes.

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Chilled soup is a great way to cool off during the summer.  Today’s secret recipe will show you how to make Panera’s chilled avocado soup quickly and easily for a refreshing entree.

This soup is served with tomato basil toast.  You can bake a fresh loaf at home using this recipe from our forum or if you are in a rush you can stop by a local Panera location and purchase a pre-made loaf.

Another great idea is to serve this soup as shooters for a party! Pour the soup into 12 tall, narrow shot glasses or champagne flutes, and garnish with a sprinkle of paprika.

Yum!

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Panera Bread’s Cool Avocado Soup

2 avocados, pitted and peeled
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
4 scallions, green parts only, coarsely chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
Juice of 1 lime
1/3 cup packed cilantro or parsley leaves and thin stems
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, coarsely chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 slices Tomato Basil Bread, toasted and cut into wedges
Cilantro sprigs (optional)

Puree everything but the bread in a blender until very smooth, 2 to 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice. Cover tightly with the blender lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 6 hours.

Puree again just before serving, adding a little cold water if necessary to thin the soup. Serve with the Tomato Basil toast and garnish with cilantro.

Serves 4

Source: Panera Bread

Until Next Time… Be Well!

Kind Regards,

Ron

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