As I told you all when I made my broccoli cheddar soup a couple of months ago, I worked at Panera Bread all through high school and during my first two years of college. I love Panera, and I love Panera food, and unfortunately, being an undergrad means that 1) There are no Panera's near me and 2) I can't go out buying it all the time, anyways! So, sometimes I like to make my versions of my Panera favorites.
I always loved the Smokehouse Turkey panini when I was at work, but after I looked at the nutrition facts for the sandwich, I steered clear of it! It had tons of calories and fat, so I could only indulge every once in awhile. It was a turkey panini with cheddar cheese, bacon, tomato, and a sun-dried tomato spread on Asiago foccacia (the best bread ever!).
My version of this panini is a little different; this version was out of "inspiration" rather than a direct copy. For example, I thought grilled chicken would go nicely, and I didn't have any turkey, so I used that instead! I call this the Cheddar Chicken Panini - and here is part one of it. I had to make my own sun-dried tomato spread, which was a long recipe in and of itself. So... here's the recipe for the sun-dried tomato spread!
What you'll need:
How to make it:
Come back tomorrow for the full Cheddar Chicken Panini!