fire up the grill

Simply Great Gatherings

Fire up the grill.

Grilling season is just around the corner, and Panera at Home products can make it easy to pull together a casual meal for the family or a backyard barbecue for the whole neighborhood. Give these meal ideas a try and you’ll surely be the talk of the summer.

Start fresh.

Balance the grilled fare with a salad made with summer’s fresh produce. This sweet Cucumber & Strawberry Salad, and this Crunchy Broccoli Salad are both easy to make with Panera Poppyseed Dressing and will hold their own alongside grilled meats and hearty sides.

Make it a memorable main dish.

The star of a classic barbecue is protein, and one of the easiest ways to add amazing flavor is with a rub. With just 1½  tablespoon of chili powder, 1 tablespoons each of brown sugar and salt, a teaspoon each of coriander and black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of Panera Dark Roast ground coffee, you can give grilled steak a taste of bold coffee your guests will love.

For pork, try 2 tablespoons of Dark Roast with 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder, ¾ teaspoon of salt, ½ teaspoon each of cumin and black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

Grilling up some fresh chicken breasts? Try them with Coffee & Molasses Barbecue Sauce for a smoky, rich coffee flavor.

Serve up great sides.

No barbecue would be complete without a creamy, cheesy mac and cheese. Panera Mac & Cheese is great on its own, but bacon lovers will adore this Tomato Bacon twist. Or, sneak in some veggies with this recipe for Cauliflower Mac & Cheese.

Poppable treats are great served alongside the main fare, or as an appetizer before you sit down. Try these Tex Mex Spoonbread Bites made with Panera Chicken Tortilla Soup in place of traditional cornbread, or these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites made with the fan-favorite Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup.
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