Easy ways to make your holiday dishes the star of the show

(BPT) – The holiday season is upon us, and while it may look and feel a bit different from holidays past, there’s still just as much to do. Even if it’s mostly online, we’re busy searching for the perfect presents, decorations galore, favorite festive movies and so much more. And, as always, joyful moments will be celebrated gathered around the table. With this season seemingly busier than ever, Panera knows that it can be hard to find the time (and energy!) to cook a homemade feast for your holiday celebration. To help, Panera has created a collection of festive, delicious recipes that are easy to make and sure to impress everyone at the table.

Crafted by Panera chefs, these recipes can be made with the brand’s line of cafe-inspired grocery products, which can be found at grocery retailers nationwide. Even better, most can be prepared in advance to accommodate hectic holiday schedules. So, whether you’re looking for a new dish to kick off your meal or a dessert to leave your loved ones feeling wowed, we have tasty ideas for you!

1. Broccoli Cheddar Mac & Cheese Cups

Simply irresistible bites bursting with the flavors of two iconic Panera favorites, our newly launched mash-up of Broccoli Cheddar Soup and classic Mac & Cheese becomes a memorable appetizer.

2. BBQ Chicken Ranch Flatbread Pizza

A simple but absolutely delicious flatbread drizzled with our Creamy Buttermilk Ranch Dressing + Dip turns into a true crowd-pleaser when cut into shareable squares.

3. Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

Our popular Broccoli Cheddar Soup is the hero in these perfectly poppable and shareable appetizers.

4. Cranberry Apple Brie Bites

Featuring our fan-favorite Fuji Apple Vinaigrette Dressing and delicious cranberry sauce, along with baked brie and almonds, this appetizer is a festive addition to any spread.

5. Citrus Avocado Salad

This beautiful fruit salad is a refreshing option that’s sure to impress. Topped with a drizzle of our Poppyseed Dressing and a sprinkle of mint, this salad brings together fresh citrus, creamy avocado and the tart pop of pomegranate seeds.

6. Primavera Mac & Cheese

Colorful vegetables and our signature creamy Mac & Cheese star in this easy meal that the whole crew will love. Try broccoli florets, red and yellow bell peppers, spinach and grape tomatoes to make it look especially festive.

7. Autumn Squash Bread Pudding

Whether enjoyed as a tasty lunch on its own or a key ingredient in a delectable entrée, our Autumn Squash Soup is a versatile option for any and all courses, especially this seasonal dessert. For a delicious indulgence, we recommend serving warm, topped with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce.

To find any of the above cafe-inspired grocery products at a store near you, use Panera’s online Find a Store feature: https://www.paneraathome.com/find-a-store.

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