Copycat Cookin: Panera Bread 1/2 Soup and Sandwich

We are all familiar with the absolute delicacy that is Panera Bread. Recently, I moved to a new city. The closest Panera Bread is 42 minutes away. I know this could be considered a blessing in disguise, but I miss my Sunday 1/2 sandwich and soup lunches. So, I decided to give it a shot and attempt my own versions of Panera Bread's recipes and it actually turned out pretty well!

Here are two links to by the book copy cat recipes:
Broccoli Cheddar Soup
Chicken Caesar Sandwich

Here are the recipes that I came up with:

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Ingredients:
1tbsp butter
1pkg shredded sharp cheddar
1pkg shredded three cheese blend (sharp cheddar, mild cheddar and colby jack) 
1 medium head of broccoli
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1 white onion (you can also use 2 tbsp of the dried chopped onion you can find in the spice section of the supermarket)
1 cup chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne pepper (if you're into that)

Step One:
Slice and dice your broccoli and onion.

Step Two:
In a large pot, melt butter and sautee the onion, carrots and broccoli for about four minutes until the aromas mix together. Dump into a bowl and set aside.

Step Three:
Using the same pot, now empty, add the heavy cream and milk. Stir until it's boiling. 

Step Four:
Gradually add flour, keep stirring until all the clumps are gone.

Step Five:
Add broth and cream of chicken soup. Stir for a few moments.

Step Six:
Add salt, pepper, carrots, onion and broccoli to the soup. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step Seven:
Add cheese and stir until cheese is completely melted. Simmer for ten more minutes, stirring occasionally.

 

Chicken Cesar Sandwich

Ingredients:
Chicken tenderloins
1/2 cup Caesar dressing
Salt
Pepper
Garlic powder
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Parmesan cheese block (or extra sharp cheddar if parmesan is not available)
Lettuce
Red onion
Sourdough bread

Step One:
In a bowl, combine dressing, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Mix together.

Step Two:
In a large ziploc baggie, combine 1/4 cup of dressing mixture and raw chicken. Shake the bag. Let the chicken sit in the dressing for about 10 minutes.

Step Three: 
In a skillet over medium high heat, cook your chicken (about three minutes on each side). 

Step Four:
Slice or shave your cheese for the sandwich.

Step Five:
Slice your chicken and add to the remaining dressing mixture. Mix well.

Step Six:
Put cheese, lettuce, red onion slices and chicken onto bread and enjoy!

Snack Like a Southerner: Broccoli Casserole from Scratch

Broccoli Casserole from Scratch
(kristineskitchenblog)

Ingredients:

2 ½ lbs. broccoli florets, cut into bite-size pieces (about 8 cups)
6 tbsp. butter, divided
1 cup finely chopped button mushrooms
¼ cup flour
1 cup whole milk
½ cup half-n-half
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 cup finely chopped yellow onion
1 egg
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese
1 ¼ cups whole-wheat breadcrumbs 

Step One:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step Two:
"Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add broccoli and boil for 4 minutes. Transfer to a colander, rinse with cold water, and drain. Place broccoli in a large bowl."
Step Three:
"Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft, about 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer mushrooms to the bowl with the broccoli."
Step Four:
"In the same saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until smooth; cook, whisking constantly, 30 seconds. Whisk in the milk and half-n-half. Bring to a low simmer and continue to whisk constantly until thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in the salt, pepper, and Greek yogurt."
Step Five:
"Pour sauce into the bowl with the broccoli and mushrooms. Add the onion, egg, 1 cup of the cheddar cheese, and ½ cup of the breadcrumbs. Stir to combine. Transfer to the prepared baking dish."
Step Six:
"Melt the remaining tablespoon of butter and stir into the remaining ¾ cup breadcrumbs. Stir in the remaining ½ cup cheddar. Sprinkle breadcrumb topping over the casserole.
Bake for 45 minutes, until filling is hot and bubbly. Check after 30 minutes and cover with foil if topping is browning too quickly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving."
Enjoy!

Snack Like a Southerner: Collard Greens

Kickin' Collard Greens

(allrecipes)

Ingredients:
1lb collard greens
1tbsp olive oil
1tsp pepper
1tsp salt
1 pinch red pepper flakes
3 slices of bacon
1 large chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves 
3 cups of chicken broth

Step One:

In a large pot over medium heat, heat oil and cook bacon unitl crisp. Once cooked, remove from the pan and crumble. Dump crumbles back in pan.

Step Two:

Add onion. Saute in pan for about five minutes.

Step Three:

Add garlic to onions and bacon. Cook garlic for a few minutes before adding the collard greens. Fry until greens wilt.

Step Four:

Pour in chicken broth, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Stir. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes, or until greens are tender.

Enjoy!