Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich Recipe

Panera Bread is a restaurant chain that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner items as well as a bakery in over 2000 restaurants nationwide. But the most exquisite of them all are the flavorful sandwiches.

Meat filling, savory sauces, fresh and crispy lettuce, could anyone ask for more? Panera Bread Sierra Turkey is all that. And although Panera Bread may have said goodbye to it, you don’t have to.

Whether you want it for a snack, lunch, or breakfast, our Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich Recipe won’t disappoint. It is one of the most delicious and effortless sandwich recipes ever.

How to Make Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich

The Sierra Turkey Sandwich is a classic combination of flavors and spices that are sure to awaken your taste buds. Even more, it is a healthy sandwich since it features fresh vegetables and oven roasted turkey that are good for your body.

It is served with green or red sauces along with some balsamic vinaigrette to make a light meal you can have at any point of the day.

Though this sandwich can be easily adjusted, we’ll try to stick to the original Panera Bread Sierra Turkey recipe and use the same Asiago focaccia for the bread.

Here are the ingredients we will need for this flavorful Turkey Sandwich.

Ingredients:

(1 serving)

  • 3 slices of smoked turkey ham
  • 3 oz red onions
  • 3 cups Romaine lettuce thinly chopped
  • 1 can piquillo peppers (3 oz drained)
  • 1 Asiago cheese focaccia
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp barbeque sauce

Instructions:

After collecting all of the ingredients — that you probably already had stored in your pantry — it shouldn’t take longer than 15-20 minutes to make this staple dish.

So, without any further waste of time, let’s get to work on these classic and perfect sandwiches.

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 400 °F.

Step 2:

Mix the barbeque sauce, mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, and piquillo pepper and leave it in the fridge for half an hour.

Step 3:

Prepare the focaccia. Toast the bread in the oven until it’s warm and crispy. It is important not to make it too crispy or too soft since it destroys the texture palette of the whole sandwich.

Step 4:

Time to assemble our Sierra Turkey Sandwich. Spread the mixed sauces evenly on both sides of the focaccia. Add the lettuce to the bottom slice of the focaccia, and place some sliced ham, red onion, and more Romaine lettuce. Top it up with the other focaccia slice.

Step 5:

Your perfect tangy sandwich is ready. Serve it with some green sauce and balsamic vinaigrette drizzled all over it and enjoy!

Ingredient Substitution

The main secret of the Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich is that you should only use fresh ingredients since that’s what gives it the authentic taste.

However, if you want to shift from the original recipe a little, the Sierra Turkey Sandwich will still be a mouthwatering meal. You can add some of your favorite pickled pieces, or reduce the cholesterol ingredients.

Anyway, consider these substitutes that will make Sierra Turkey Sandwich even healthier.

Ciabatta

Ciabatta is a perfect focaccia substitute, original from Italy. It is also low in calories with as few as 52 calories in a medium slice.

However, unlike focaccia, ciabatta is not rich in flavor since it primarily contains water, salt, yeast, and whole wheat flour. So, it’s better to spice it up a little with some herbs before baking for 12-15 minutes. This way you’ll get richer flavors.

Pork ham

Pork ham and turkey ham? Both basically ham. So, they definitely share some similarities that make them ideal substitutes for one another. They are both smoky and rich in flavors, especially when made with the same spices.

Pork ham offers you a little zing, spice, and some richness from the fat which obviously won’t have a place in a low-calorie sandwich. But you should try them both and see how it works.

What to Serve with Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich

You can not only adjust the Sierra Turkey Sandwich according to your needs but also easily scale it up for some huge crowd parties and functions.

And although it is quite filling with all the bread, ham, and rich sauces, you can pair it with any of your favorite sauces, soups, or snacks for the utmost experience.

Here is what makes an excellent pairing to Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich.

Potato salad

Potato salad is a classic side dish that is not too heavy or light, working well alongside a turkey sandwich. They can both fit perfectly into a lunch box, serving as a filling and nutritious meal.

The main thing to remember is not to make the potato salad too wet. Don’t worry, you can always add some extra vinegar at the end.

Steamed broccoli

The rich and tangy sandwich and steamed vegetables create a tempting mix of flavors and textures that works wonders together. Steamed broccoli is one of those side dishes you can never go wrong with.

Though you can opt for multiple variations like green beans or carrots, broccoli works the best, trust us.

How to Reheat Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich

Sandwiches are the best lunch option since there are easy to put together and quite filling. However, if you want to make a batch of them beforehand, you should know how to reheat them properly.

And there is a setback here: you can’t reheat fresh ingredients like lettuce. They will lose their texture and flavors. So, before you choose any reheating method, remember that you will have to disassemble the sandwich and remove all fresh veggies.

How to Reheat Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich in an Oven

An oven is probably the best option to reheat a Sierra Turkey Sandwich — or any other sandwich there is. Just wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in an oven at 325 °F for about 15-20 minutes without the fresh ingredients.

This way, your sandwich is heated up evenly and won’t become dry or soggy in the process. And it will taste as fresh after you add the lettuce.

How to Reheat Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich in a Microwave

One thing about the microwave is it is fast in getting things heated up. To heat the Sierra Turkey Sandwich this way, you should wrap it in a kitchen paper towel with the surface exposed. It prevents the sandwich from getting soggy by soaking any moisture.

Then, place it on a microwave-safe dish and heat for about 2 minutes in a high-power setting.

How to Store Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich

Once you make these Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwiches you probably won’t have any left since they are too good to leave for later. However, if you still leave some for later, remember not to keep them at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Store Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich in a Fridge

If you don’t want your turkey sandwich to get mushy, protect the bread from the wet ingredients. So, place the filling in contact with the top and bottom pieces of the bread, and the lettuce in the middle.

Wrap the sandwich tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Alternatively, you can use a plastic bag or an airtight sandwich container.

Store Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich in a Freezer

We honestly don’t recommend storing Sierra Turkey Sandwich in the freezer. It is not a good idea to spread sauces or mayonnaise before freezing — same as it won’t turn out well if you freeze the veggies in your sandwich.

That being said, what is the point of freezing a sandwich if you still have to do all the assembling after?

panera bread sierra turkey sandwich recipe

Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich Recipe

Tangy and savory Panera Bread Sierra Turkey Sandwich that features fresh and crunchy vegetables, smoked turkey ham, and spicy barbeque sauce. Simple and straightforward recipe with ingredients you probably already have in your fridge. Try it today!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 196 kcal
Equipment
  • mixing bowl
  • Serving table
Ingredients
  
  • 3 slices smoked turkey ham
  • 3 oz red onions
  • 3 cups Romaine lettuce thinly chopped
  • 1 can piquillo peppers (3 oz drained)
  • 1 Asiago cheese focaccia
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp barbeque sauce
Instructions
 
  • Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
  • Mix the barbeque sauce, mayonnaise, lime juice, sugar, and piquillo pepper and leave it in the fridge for half an hour.
  • Prepare the focaccia. Toast the bread in the oven until it’s warm and crispy. It is important not to make it too crispy or too soft since it destroys the texture palette of the whole sandwich.
  • Time to assemble our Sierra Turkey Sandwich. Spread the mixed sauces evenly on both sides of the focaccia. Add the lettuce to the bottom slice of the focaccia, and place some sliced ham, red onion, and more Romaine lettuce. Top it up with the other focaccia slice.
  • Your perfect tangy sandwich is ready. Serve it with some green sauce and balsamic vinaigrette drizzled all over it and enjoy!
Nutrition
Calories: 196kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 409mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 256IUVitamin C: 5mgIron: 1mg
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