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
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
Cayenne pepper (if you're into that)
Slice and dice your broccoli and onion.
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.
Using the same pot, now empty, add the heavy cream and milk. Stir until it's boiling.
Gradually add flour, keep stirring until all the clumps are gone.
Add broth and cream of chicken soup. Stir for a few moments.
Add salt, pepper, carrots, onion and broccoli to the soup. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add cheese and stir until cheese is completely melted. Simmer for ten more minutes, stirring occasionally.
Chicken Cesar Sandwich
1/2 cup Caesar dressing
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Parmesan cheese block (or extra sharp cheddar if parmesan is not available)
In a bowl, combine dressing, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Mix together.
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.
In a skillet over medium high heat, cook your chicken (about three minutes on each side).
Slice or shave your cheese for the sandwich.
Slice your chicken and add to the remaining dressing mixture. Mix well.
Put cheese, lettuce, red onion slices and chicken onto bread and enjoy!