Pot Roast Sandwich and a Panera Contest

pot roast sandwich

Pot roast is one of those diners I never really cared for as a kid. But the next day for lunch, well that was a different story. Incredibly tender roast on hearty bread, smothered in cheese, now that’s just too good. So now, instead of making my pot roast in the oven like mom did, I slow cook it in the crockpot and enjoy that sandwich that I love so much the first day, and eat the leftover vegetables and meat on the second day.

But I don’t always have time to make a sandwich like this, and that’s when I head to Panera. They have the best sandwiches. They even offer fresh soups and salad to along with them. I personlly adore their paninis. There’s a restaurant pretty close to our house, so it’s a frequent stop for us.

Panera Bread knows that we all have some pretty amazing sandwich recipes too. So they are hosting a sandwich showdown contest in search of the ultimate sandwich. The winner will not only receive  bagging rights, but $10,000 in cash and other prizes too!

sandwich showdown

Is Your Sandwich Legendary? Panera Bread® Wants to Find Out! If you think the rest of the country is missing out on your famous ‘Grilled Hamtastic Diablo’ sandwich then this is your moment. Sandwich enthusiasts across the country now have the opportunity to put their sandwich-making skills to the test as Panera Bread’s Sandwich Showdown contest kicks off today. The event gives amateur chefs, bread connoisseurs, and fans of culinary creativity throughout the country the chance to have their homemade concoction named the best sandwich in the U.S.

In addition to national bragging rights, the winner will take home $10,000 cash, $500 worth of Panera Bread gift cards, free Panera bagels for a year and will have their sandwich on the menu for a limited time at participating Panera Bread bakery-cafes in the United States.

Now through October 6, sandwich enthusiasts can submit their original sandwich recipes online at www.TLC.com/Panera (see Official Rules for details). The site gives contestants a list of Panera Bread’s toppings and ingredients, which can be combined with its artisan and other specialty breads to create the ideal sandwich through an interactive virtual sandwich builder. Contestants will also be asked to tell the story behind their submission and why their entry should be named the next great legendary sandwich. “Great stories are what make the sandwiches stand out,” said Kish.

After all submissions are received, Panera Bread will narrow the field to the top 20 entries. The public will then be invited to vote online to determine the grand prize winner. The top four runners-up will each receive $1,000 cash and one $150 Panera Bread gift card.  The 15 remaining finalists will each win one $150 Panera Bread gift cards.

“We’re excited to see what kind of imaginative sandwiches people have in store for us,” Kish said. “For years we have been dedicated to finding the right combination of ingredients and breads for our signature sandwiches, and we know there are aspiring chefs throughout the country who are ready to do the same. We can’t wait to find the next great sandwich for Panera Bread.”

Additional information is available on our website, http://www.panerabread.com.

Be sure to “Like” Panera on Facebook,  Follow them on Twitter and on Pinterest too.  When you share your creations be sure to use the hashtag #SandwichShowdown.

sandwich on white plate

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Yield: Serves 4

Pot Roast Sandwich

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast
2 - 3 lb sirloin tip roast
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon cajun or steak seasoning
2 cups baby carrots
2 cups small potatoes
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup beef stock

Horseradish Dijon Mayo
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons horseradish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Sourdough Bread
Provolone Cheese


Add all ingredients to slow cooker for pot roast. Turn to low and cook for 8 - 10 hours, or until roast is falling apart.

Add ingredients for Horseradish Dijon Mayo to a small bowl and mix well. Slather on sourdough bread and top with meat. Add provolone cheese and melt under broiler for a minute or so.

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*Nutritional Information is not guaranteed for 100% accuracy.

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