Tuscan Grilled Chicken Sandwich $799/half
Made with chicken, mozzarella, Parmesan, arugula, tomato confit, and pesto mayo, this sandwich was perfectly toasted and had great flavor.
The tomatoes had an interesting smoky taste that complimented the moist chicken, cheese, and fresh spinach.
If you’re looking for a lighter meal that still tastes great, a half order of the Tuscan grilled chicken sandwich may be the way to go.
Steak And White Cheddar Panini $819/half
Zero complaints about this one I just wish I had ordered a whole instead of the half.
The toasted sandwich is filled with steak, pickled red onions, Vermont white cheddar, and horseradish sauce.
The steak was hot, moist, and flavorful. Plus the bread was crunchy and the cheese was melted throughout. The type of sharp cheese was a perfect match for the pickled onions and horseradish, and the ratio of steak to other ingredients was great.
Sierra Turkey Sandwich $669/half
Panera’s roasted turkey breast was its best self in this sandwich. Its sidekicks were emerald greens, red onions, and chipotle mayo, which made for a satisfying combination.
This sandwich was supposed to come on the Asiago cheese focaccia, but that bread was unavailable at my location. Fortunately, the baguette was a solid alternative.
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Roasted Turkey Apple And Cheddar Sandwich $799/half
This sandwich had roasted turkey, Vermont white cheddar, apple and cabbage slaw, arugula, and mustard horseradish sauce all on cranberry bread.
Sadly, the apple overpowered the other components of the sandwich, especially the turkey. The sandwich was also messy to eat since the slaw kept falling out and I had to keep putting it back inside the bread.
In such a stacked competition, this was not my favorite.
Tuna Salad Sandwich $629/half
Tuna salad often gets a bad rap, but as one of the cheaper options on the menu, it’s worth a try.
The usual suspects of greens, tomatoes, and red onions were back again and worked to balance out the fishy salad.
This moist and delicious sandwich was a hit and, thanks to the firm focaccia, it stayed together quite well as I ate it.
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Roasted Turkey And Avocado Blt $819/half
This sandwich consisted of turkey, bacon, greens, tomatoes, and mayonnaise.
My initial thought while eating the roasted turkey and avocado BLT was that it was only slightly above what I could make at home, save for the avocado, which I never buy.
That might sound like an insult, but I don’t mean it that way the homemade taste was nice.
The sandwich wasn’t bad, but it was a bit uninteresting compared to the other options on this list.
This sandwich was overpowered by the distinct taste of raw onion.
The turkey was forgettable and the other ingredients just couldn’t compete with the strong, layered vegetable.
Frontega Chicken Panini $759/half
This sandwich consists of smoked, pulled chicken with mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, chopped basil, and chipotle mayo on focaccia.
The buttery and salty focaccia was a nice base for the moist chicken, melted cheese, and basil, but I wish there had been a bit more of every ingredient.
The Frontega chicken panini was one of my favorites, but not good enough to take the crown this time around.
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Classic Grilled Cheese $629/half
This incredibly simple sandwich consisted of sliced American cheese on white bread.
One slice of my bread was golden and the other was still light, which made me believe it was only half toasted. Even so, that strange fact did not take away from my enjoyment of this gooey standard.
Sometimes you really can’t go wrong with the basics.
Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich $629/half
If you just want a compact salad that doesn’t require a fork, this is the option for you.
With sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, feta, cucumbers, greens, tomatoes, red onions, hummus, salt, and pepper, this sandwich had a lot going on.
Ultimately, the effort and the many ingredients paid off. I would pick this over an actual salad, but it was just OK compared to most of the other sandwiches I tried.
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Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt $779/half
I’m not the biggest avocado fan, but when paired with pulled chicken, smoked Gouda, cilantro, sweet Peppadew piquant peppers, and chipotle mayo, it wasn’t terrible.
The sandwich was both sweet and a little spicy, and the avocado added a smooth texture in the middle.
The taste of the chicken was stronger than it was in some of the other sandwiches that I tried, but it was slightly overpowered by the cheese and peppers.
Panera Steak And White Cheddar Panini
It couldn’t be easier to recreate a Panera steak and white cheddar panini at home. Crusty bread, tangy horseradish sauce, and pickled onions take this steak and cheese from ordinary to extraordinary.
If you love Panera Bread as much as I do – or if you simply appreciate a fantastic sandwich – this copycat sandwich is a winner. This Panera steak and cheddar panini is easy to make and can be enjoyed at home any time. A couple of flavor-packed ingredients take this toasted sandwich to the next level.
- Comfort food – Warm, toasty sandwiches with melty cheese hit the spot anytime.
- Tried and true combination – Roast beef and horseradish is a food marriage made in heaven.
- Punched-up flavor – Pickled red onions add an acidic punch that works so well with the other ingredients… and they couldn’t be easier to make.
- Crusty yet chewy bread – Ciabatta is simply superb in this sandwich. It crisps up beautifully on the outside and stays chewy on the inside.
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How To Make Panera Steak And White Cheddar Panini
If you do not have a panini press, you can use a grill pan and a heavy object to press the sandwich into the pan.
How To Make Pickled Red Onions
Pickled red onions take almost 2 minutes to make, and they can be used in oh so many ways. You can enjoy these as a side with grilled meats, on sandwiches, or even in the place of pickles.
I like to slice my onions on a mandolin, but you can use a knife to slice a red onion super thin. Then you will need some vinegar, water, and spices.
You literally combine all of these and let them rest for about 15 minutes before you serve them. They taste better with age, so you may even want to keep these on hand all of the time.
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Steak And Arugula Sandwich $819/half
According to Panera’s online menu, this sandwich is made with steak, arugula, tomatoes, pickled onions, garlic and herb cream cheese spread, and mustard horseradish sauce.
The arugula was fresh and the tangy, slightly sweet onions went well with the salty steak and focaccia. Sadly, the first few bites were almost ruined by very cold tomato slices.