It was the bagels that got me hooked, the asiago bagels to be exact. Someone brought a box of Panera bagels to work and set them out to nibble on during a morning meeting. I’d not had anything from Panera before and couldn’t resist the asiago bagels with cheese melted all over. Soon after, I went to a nearby Panera and bought an asiago demi to take home, and that was it, I was a fan. The bread is always so fresh and often still warm from the oven from when I pick some up, and we use it in a number of ways, whether for sandwiches, appetizers, or snacking. It’s also a favorite to serve when we have parties because it makes perfect crostini. I also believe the asiago bread was the spark that set off my quest to learn how to bake yeast breads.
Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the asiago bread:
Toasted and used as croutons for soup.
Topped with dips and other savory bites, like this Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade.
Filled with meat and cheese and grilled to perfection.