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Panera (Inspired) Bacon Turkey Bravo & A Giveaway

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Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo

Our first blog give away! It’s like our little blog just grew up a little, sniffle sniffle ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today we are pleased to announce our first blog giveaway, a $50 Panera Bread Gift Card courtesy of Panera Bread! We thought it would be fun to pair this giveaway with another Panera inspired recipe, so we picked my favorite sandwich – Bacon Turkey Bravo. The sandwich itself is quite simple, but the thing that makes it special is the dressing and the tomato basilย bread.

But before we get to the giveaway, a quick story!

Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo

I have known the beautiful woman I blog with, my wife Rachel, for just over eleven years now. As I shared in aย previous post, we met as college freshman when we lived a few dorm rooms apart and attended some of the same classes.

If Baby Boy ever traveled back in time to 2000 (in a DeLorean of course) and asked his unsuspecting parents where they saw themselves in 10 years, I don’t think either of us would have foreseen a blissfully happy marriage and the most wonderful Baby Boy in our shared future. And yet here we are, and we couldn’t possibly imagine not being together.

Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo

Panera was our casual “date spot”. It gave two college kids the chance to get away from the cafeteria food, to sit down in a quiet place, and get to know each other over a hot bowl of broccoli cheddar or french onion soup. ย Somehow, two kids who thought they were just friends realized they were so much more.

Years later, after we had graduated and I had left for Japan as an English teacher, I bought Rachel a Panera gift card to use while I was gone. It was just a small gesture, wanting to be able to “share” soup half way across the globe; even if it meant I was slurping on some ramen noodles in the Japanese countryside while she was enjoying her french onion soup back home.

Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo

Fast forward back to 2011. We still like sharing Panera soups and sandwiches. And now we get to share both a recipe and gift card with you!

Let’s talk about this recipe, which is super simple. Grab yourself some hearty, flavored bread; maybe even make yourself some tomato basil bread if you are in a baking mood. Then, to recreate the Panera sandwich, layer two thick slices of the bread with crisp romaine lettuce and fresh tomato, smoked gouda and sliced turkey, and of course some delicious, crispy bacon. Finish the sandwich with the creamy dressing, and dig in to deliciousness.

Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo

Panera (Inspired) Bacon Turkey Bravo


    For the dressing
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • For the sandwich
  • 2 slices tomato basil bread (or other hearty favorite)
  • 1 leaf romaine lettuce
  • 3 slices tomatoes (1/4-inch thick)
  • 4 ounces smoked turkey breast, sliced thin
  • 1 slice smoked gouda cheese
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked crisp


    For the dressing
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
  2. For the sandwich
  3. Spread 2 tbsp of the dressing on one of the bread slices (we put it on both sides).
  4. On top of one slice of bread, layer lettuce, tomato, turkey, Gouda, and bacon.
  5. Top with the second slice of bread and serve.

Panera Bacon Turkey Bravo

To enter to win a $50 Panera Bread Gift Card just do any of the following – do multiple for additional chances to win!

Disclosure: This giveaway is providedย courtesyย of Panera Bread. The views and opinions expressed on The Keenan Cookbook are purely our own and based upon our personal experiences with Panera Bread. We were not compensated in any way for a positive review of Panera Bread.


54 thoughts

  • Shannon
    November 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

    This looks like the real deal!

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

      It tasted mighty good too ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • November 16, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Love the story behind the post.
    I met my husband my first day Freshman year. So I could totally relate…who would have known we would have a beautiful family with 4 great kids!

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Melissa ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 10:48 am

      100% agreed. When done right (like this one!) sandwich can be a great meal in and of itself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jamie
    November 16, 2011 at 9:03 am

    My boyfriend has been wanting to make some bread forever and when I stumbled upon your tomato basil bread recipe it was the perfect thing. Our sandwiches are extra delicious this week!

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

      So glad you guys liked it Jamie! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 16, 2011 at 9:49 am

    that’s so neat you taught overseas for a bit. How interesting that must have been for you! And such a cute gesture to send a gift card to Rachel to enjoy Panera without you. ๐Ÿ™‚ We only have one panera in the area. I wish it were closer though.

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

      It was quite the experience! Sharing some stories and pictures is on my (long) to do list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 16, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Mmm, the turkey sandwiches from Panera are my favorite! This looks delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚ The closest Panera to my apartment is a pretty hefty walk…but I might just have to make the trek after all these posts. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Definitely worth the walk ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 16, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Mmm panera has so many great things, I love doing the pick two because I can never decide on just one thing!

    • Chris
      November 16, 2011 at 10:51 am

      Hahah. Same here Erin!

  • Ashley H.
    November 16, 2011 at 11:05 am

    I’m addicted to Panera. I love their potato soup.

  • November 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Love Panera Bread! Wish we had one on Maui but it is always one of our stops on the mainland. They have great salads as well as sammies, pastries…

  • teresa harvey
    November 16, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Saw the contest from Panera’s tweet

  • Aimee
    November 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Bacon Turkey Bravo is my favorite sandwich at Panera. I have been trying to get them to sell bottles of the bravo sauce because it is SO good and I can’t get enough, but they don’t seem to bottle it. I will definitely try this homemade recipe to see if it’s even close to as good as the original! Thanks!

  • Cate
    November 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Panera is amazing! Love love love them.

  • Sue Macy
    November 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Bacon Turkey Bravo is my favorite Panera sandwich, too. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Carla Pullum
    November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Broccoli soup and turkey sandwhich combo is my favorite!!!!!

  • November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I just love panera…especially the broccoli cheddar soupo!

  • aubreylaine
    November 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I love Panera’s broccoli cheese soup!

  • November 16, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Great remake! I love Panera but I think you might be a bigger fan than me. I love your twists on their offerings!

  • November 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    This looks so great! Thanks for your comment on my B&B post…you have no idea how awesome it is to be back! But wow, I’m so behind on blog stuff! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m trying to get all organized again! And yes, my amazing purple bed feels awesome too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Great giveaway! Congrats on the first one!

  • Dee
    November 16, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks for the chance! Panera is my go to lunch place on the weekend – their smoked turkey sandwiched and broccoli cheddar soup are delicious! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda Thompson
    November 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    I subscribe to The Keenan Cookbook via email!

  • Amanda Thompson
    November 16, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I love bacon on my sandwiches!

  • November 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    This sandwich looks amazing! I love Panera! I would be super excited to win this gift card!

  • Cindy A.
    November 16, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Thank you so much for offering such a yummy and generous giveaway!

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  • Theo
    November 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    You have a nice blog here! Thank you kindly for the chance. The Frontega Chicken sandwich is quite delicious and their pumpkin muffins are delectable to say the least. And one of my favorite summer beverages is their iced lemonade — so good!

  • Sharon
    November 17, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I love Panera! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • November 18, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I adore Panera. I just wish I didn’t have to drive for an hour to get to the nearest one!

  • Chrissy R.
    November 18, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I absolutely love Panera and I keep trying (unsuccessfully) to recreate their mac & cheese. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

    such a sweet story. can you tell that i’m still catching up on my google reader, judging from the fact that i’m commenting on things that are a week old? =)

  • Gabrielle
    November 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Chris and Rachel,

    I love your food blog and pics! I actually got misty eyed reading about your journey together and Baby Boy (and I remember when you told me about Rachel’s Panera gift card!) The recipes look really delicious, and I like how they’re healthy as well. Which ones are original, and which ones are inspired? mmmmmm. Great job, Rachel and Chris! mmmmmmm. Gabrielle

    • Chris
      November 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Gabrielle ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Panera’s cinnamon crunch bagel (i think that’s what it is called) is so good…I’ve never had a sandwich there because every time I get sucked in by that bagel!

    • Chris
      November 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      I hear ya. So many great things on the menu but I always go with my usual – so hard to change it up when its so good!

  • Linda Massey
    November 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    We love Panera too!

  • November 22, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    I LOVEEEEE Panera Bread (obviously haha). Oh my goodness that’s one of my favorite sandwiches ever and yours looks amazing. I would love love love to win. Thanks for the amazing giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nykolas
    November 22, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Wow! That looks fantastic!

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