Holiday Apps Lifestyle

Simply Great Gatherings

A holiday they’ll remember.

Holidays are all about food, no matter how big or small the number of people around the table. With our Panera chef-created ideas for festive appetizers featuring our soups, dressings and more – all available where you buy groceries – this year’s festivities will be remembered for flavorful morsels more than anything else.

Soup Shooters

Apps are where it’s at when it comes to holiday celebrations, and Soup Shooters will steal the show. Their bright colors and exciting flavors are easy to create and enjoy in just a few sips. With the variety of Panera at Home Soups available, the possibilities are very nearly endless, so here are some ideas to get you started:

It’s simple, just pour in our Creamy Tomato Soup and top with a grilled cheese “crouton” on a decorative skewer. Knock out a bunch of these all at once by toasting your sandwiches on a sheet pan in the oven.

For a sweet-and-savory combination that is just perfect for the season, try Panera Autumn Squash Soup. Add a dollop of crème fraiche and a pinch of chopped sage for flavor and effect.

You simply can’t go wrong with our fan-favorite Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Offset the rich cheese with a tangy frizzled onion or two and a sprinkle of chopped chives.

Start with Panera Baked Potato Soup and load it up, potato style. Sprinkle on chopped bacon and chives and serve with a cheddar cheese bread stick to achieve that wow factor.

 

Bites and Cups

While an all-soup-shooter party sounds delicious to us, if you’d like to round out your spread with some toothier apps, give these ideas a try:

A poppable version of our popular Broccoli Cheddar soup, these little bites will wow your guests and are sure to become a new party favorite.

Pack all the chilly season flavors into little phyllo shell cups and top with our Fuji Apple Vinaigrette dressing for a delicious app that nobody would ever think only takes 15 minutes to make.

With just the right amount of sweet and savory flavors, tender filet mignon and crunchy baguette, these crostini check all the boxes, and with a tossed salad also make a tasty dinner option.

We combined two of Panera's most popular flavors into our Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese, and with this recipe the blockbuster mash-up becomes a mouthwatering, bite-sized appetizer.

Elegant and delicious – there is not much else one could want from an appetizer, and these warm cheesy bites in crispy wonton wraps with a Balsamic reduction and tomatoes does not disappoint.

Nestled in crispy parmesan cups and topped with marinated shrimp, this is no ordinary salad. With Panera Caesar Dressing, this fun appetizer is dressed to impress.

 

Deliciously Easy Desserts

No party would be complete without a little something sweet. Here are three of our favorite dessert recipes.

Layers upon layers of delicious flavors, including Panera's signature Hazelnut Crème Coffee, combine in these beautiful parfaits.

These shortbread cookies, made with Panera Light Roast Coffee in less than thirty minutes, are a delight by themselves, but even better when dunked in a mug of roasty, hot coffee.

Our Autumn Squash soup is truly versatile and really shines in this bread pudding recipe that will be the perfect finish to your holiday meal.

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