Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Panera Bread's Turkey Artichoke Panini

Last week, I was running errands all over town with Maxwell (he's such a good helper...almost) and it was lunchtime.  I went to Panera Bread and ordered the Turkey Artichoke Panini.  It was so so yummy (despite the fact I knew its sodium and fat was way too high).  I had to replicate this sandwich at home, making it healthier (and more affordable) than going to Panera regularly.

Makes 4 Sandwiches
1 Loaf Focaccia Bread (your local grocer should carry it, but you can use any bread loaf really)
1 Red Pepper, Cut into thin strips
1 Tbsp. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
8 oz. Turkey Breast, Slices or Pieces (I used slices)
3/4 Cup (6 oz.) Spinach and Artichoke Dip/Spread (or you can buy something from your grocer)
1/2 Cup (4 oz.) Asiago Parmesan Cheese

1.  Heat olive oil in small skillet.  Add in red pepper strips and saute 7-9 minutes, or until strips are soft and cooked.
2.  Preheat your panini grill (of just use a large skillet if you don't have a panini grill) to medium heat.
3.  Slice the Focaccia loaf in half and half the other way (like you're cutting a pizza) to make 4 equal pieces.  Then cut into the middle to open each piece up for the toppings.
4.  Spread the artichoke spread onto the bottom half of each piece of Focaccia.  Next, place the turkey, red pepper slices, and cheese onto each piece of the bread.  Close the bread.
5.  Place panini onto grill and press down lightly.  Grill about 4-6 minutes, or until the cheese starts to melt and grill marks appear on the bread.  Cut each half-loaf in half again to make 4 total sandwiches.

Serve immediately and Enjoy!

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