Copycat Panera Bread Cafe’s Sierra Turkey Sandwich Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published September 9, 2020
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Great as either a light snack or filling lunch, our Copycat Sierra Turkey Sandwich Recipe is an example of a perfect sandwich. With delicious meat filling, savory sauces, melted cheese, and crispy, fresh lettuce, what more can anyone ask for? Popular café Panera Bread may have said goodbye to their Sierra Turkey Sandwich, but you certainly don’t have to! Our recipe lets you recreate this fan-favorite sandwich at the comfort of your own kitchen. Also, this easytomake recipe can be easily adjusted to serve a bigger crowd.

This Panera Bread sandwich is such a classic and well-loved dish. So much so, that people were asking Panera to bring it back on their menu! Before, you could still order this sandwich through their “secret menu”. But now, Panera has officially discontinued it, even taking it off the “off-menu”. At present, others have tried their own hand at making a copycat recipe. But with this recipe, we try to stick as closely to the original sandwich as possible, even using the same Asiago focaccia for its bread.

If you’re craving for some good ‘ol Sierra Turkey Sandwich, you can easily satisfy your taste buds by making this recipe. You’ll also get to save up since you may already have some of the ingredients stored in your pantry. Pair this dish with some lovely Tomato Soup With Pepperoni And Provolone and you’re all set!

 

How To Make Copycat Panera Bread Cafe's Sierra Turkey Sandwich

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This savory turkey sandwich oozes with a delicious combination of sauces, fillings, and cheese. You can recreate this popular Panera Bread sandwich at home, thanks to this easy recipe.

Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Serves:
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Ingredients

  • cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • cup barbeque sauce
  • 1 can piquillo peppers, 3 oz, drained
  • 1 lemon or lime, freshly squeezed
  • 3 Asiago cheese focaccia or plain focaccia, split
  • 1 lb smoked turkey ham, sliced thin
  • 3 ½ oz red onions, sliced very thin
  • ½ lb romaine lettuce, sliced thinly
  • ½ cup Asiago cheese, shredded
  • Olive oil, for brushing

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. In a medium bowl, blend the mayonnaise, sugar, barbeque sauce, piquillo peppers, and lime juice together. Set aside.

  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of mixed dressing evenly on both split pieces of focaccia.

  4. Top the bottom split with turkey ham and red onion slices. Lightly cover it with greens, then place the top of focaccia and press down gently.

  5. Brush the top of the bread with olive oil and sprinkle with cheese.

  6. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread has turned golden brown.

  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

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Nutrition

  • Calcium: 161mg
  • Calories: 1326kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 129g
  • Cholesterol: 87mg
  • Fat: 72g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 495mg
  • Protein: 44g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Sodium: 3083mg
  • Sugar: 16g
  • Vitamin A: 4148IU
  • Vitamin C: 17mg
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Commonly Asked Questions

Is turkey healthier than chicken?

Both turkey and chicken are good sources of highquality protein, vitamins, and minerals. Although, some parts of the chicken, like the breast, have more protein than its turkey counterpart. However, the difference in amount is actually not that big to really matter.

How can I make my turkey sandwich healthier?

Swapping some ingredients in this recipe, or adding healthier ones, can make your turkey sandwich more nutritious. You can add more fruits or vegetable fillings, like refreshing cucumber or tomato slices. You can also swap the Asiago focaccia bread for some whole wheat bread. This type of bread is high in fiber and can also make you feel full longer.

What condiments go best with a turkey sandwich?

To stay true to Panera Bread’s Sierra Turkey Sandwich Recipe, we used mayonnaise, sugar, BBQ sauce, piquillo peppers and lime juice for our sandwich dressing. But you can also change things up a bit by using other condiments that go well with turkey sandwiches. Some of these include pesto, greek yogurt, and even hoisin sauce! Also, if you’re out of mayo you can use hummus, nut butter, and even avocado as delicious substitutes.

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Conclusion

Our Copycat Sierra Turkey Sandwich will leave you filled throughout the day! Try making this popular sandwich in the comfort of your own home and you won’t have to miss it from Panera Bread’s menu ever again.

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