The thought of preparing a full holiday meal can be overwhelming, even if you do it every year. Thankfully, with these easy-to-make recipes, you can create a spread of hearty, delicious sides with Panera at Home products. From simple casseroles to easy soups and salads, you’ll remember this Thanksgiving for its flavor, not for the time spent in the kitchen. And if you also have Friendsgiving on your calendar this year, turn to our dip, appetizer and dessert ideas for something that’ll wow the crowd.
Dips & Apps
Whether you’re hosting or bringing something to share, our soups add excitement to dips and appetizers. Try our Autumn Squash Hummus, Chicken Tortilla Dip or perfectly poppable Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms and Broccoli Cheddar Quiche Bites to kick off your Friendsgiving gathering!
Soup & Stuffing
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Heat Panera Autumn Squash Soup, ladle into bowls and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, pecans or chives and crème fraiche, and you’ve got an impressive first course in seconds. And it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the stuffing. Try something a little different this time around – our Turkey Sausage & Apple Holiday Stuffing will delight everyone at the table.
A Thanksgiving staple, a great casserole calls for seconds, or even thirds. With the flavors of pumpkin and butternut squash thanks to Panera Autumn Squash Soup, this Autumn Squash Casserole is full of fall flavor and takes only 25 minutes to make. Or, for an alternative to the traditional mashed potatoes and gravy, try these Potatoes Au Gratin made with Panera Baked Potato Soup.
Greens, Salad & Slaw
For a fresher, lighter take on the traditional green bean casserole give this Green Beans with Crispy Shallots recipe using our delicious Panera Poppyseed Dressing a try. You can make it on your stove top – freeing up oven space. A Thanksgiving salad needs to be hearty enough to stand up to the rich flavors that surround it, and this one most definitely does: With dried fruit and hearty grains—and Panera Balsamic Vinaigrette—this Harvest Grain Salad pairs perfectly with turkey. And with our Fuji Apple Vinaigrette, there’s no need to wait for pie for your apples – try this Apple Cranberry Slaw, which comes together in just minutes and adds color and crunch to your table.
Don’t forget dessert!
We have fallen in love with this Autumn Squash Bread Pudding that uses our Panera Autumn Squash Soup and Panera Sliced Bread. And Panera at Home Coffee is great for sipping with any pie, or in sweet treats for coffee lovers. Try these bite-sized, decadent Hazelnut Coffee & Chocolate Truffles made with our Hazelnut Crème Coffee. To finish your Friendsgiving on a sweet note, we recommend our super easy Spiced Autumn Squash Dessert Dip or these delectable Mini Autumn Squash Pies.
And what about the leftovers?
We’ve got you covered here as well. Perhaps the best thing about Thanksgiving are the leftovers, to be enjoyed over the next few days without all the hassle of cooking and doing dishes. Try our Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese Sandwich to continue savoring the holiday flavors.