Spinach Walnut Pesto Crostini

Josh Allen, Owner of Companion, makes crostini! Perfect for a soup, appetizer or to snack on! Visit www.companionstl.com for more details! Josh Allen, Owner of Companion, demonstrates how easily it is to make PESTO! Great for any occasion! Visit www.companionstl.com for more information! Click here to download the recipe! Spinach Walnut Pesto Crostini Ingredients: 1 loaf Companion French Baguette, cut into 1/2″ slices 10 oz. baby spinach 1/2 cup parmesan 1/2 cup walnuts 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp diced red chili pepper, seeds removed 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more if desired Process: Toast bread slices in a 325 degree oven for 20-30 minutes, until crisp. In blender, process all ingredients except for 5 oz of the spinach. After there is enough room, add the rest of the spinach. Process until desired consistency, adding oil if needed. Top crisp bread slices with a spoon full of pesto mixture and serve.
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New Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Companion’s best-selling handcrafted Bavarian Pretzels now have a companion! We’ve created a flavorful new Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce to accompany these salty snacks. This sweet, delicious sauce paired with our Bavarian Pretzels makes a great appetizer or snack for any party. Or, use this dipping sauce for our delicious Dipping Sauce Slaw and Bratwurst Sandwich, the perfect creation for your next dinner or gathering – Click here to get the recipe! Made and jarred locally, our new 12-ounce jar of dipping sauce is available for $4.99. Stop by one of our cafes (located in Clayton and Ladue), the Early Bird Outlet or any area Dierbergs store and buy a jar today!

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CollaBREADtive 3 Wraps at Brasserie by Niche

WrightRecipe-smThe final recipe in our CollaBREADtive 3 series spotlights country French bistro Brasserie by Niche, located in the heart of Central West End. Brasserie pastry chef Summer Wright stops by Josh Allen’s home to show how to prepare her Roasted Peach and Almond Galette on Companion’s Almond Tart for the CollaBREADtive 3 program. Head over to Brasserie and try this tart, exclusively available July 4 through August 14. Or pick up the galette where Companion bread is sold, and try the recipe at home! C’est magnifique!
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Spreading the Bliss

BreadedBliss2Companion’s newest sweet-yet-salty creation, Breaded Bliss, is quickly becoming a crowd pleaser! This week, over 200lbs of this delicious confection will make its way to cafes and markets across St. Louis. Made up of crunchy, toasted bread smothered in dark, creamy chocolate, this tasty treat is now available at The Wine and Cheese Place and Crown Valley Winery. Robust is scheduled to start carrying Breaded Bliss next week. Stop by one of these area grocers and restaurants to treat yourself, or head to one of our cafes to pick up some Breaded Bliss today!

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New Menus at Our Cafes!

We are excited to announce new menus at our cafes…particularly an entire new selection of Breakfast Sandwiches! These delicious creations are sure to get your morning started right. All are available with egg white instead of egg as well! Take a peek below at the tasty choices, and visit the Companion Cafe Menus for our full menu.

Companion Breakfast Sandwiches  

Claytonian our original sandwich- baked eggs, veggies, or bacon and cheddar on your choice of a Bagel or Croissant OH LA LA! baked eggs, brie and over roasted tomatoes on thick cut Brioche Green, Eggs and Ham housemade spinach walnut pesto, baked eggs and thick cut bacon on our flaky Croissant. New Yawnker icelandic smoked salmon and cream cheese, stacked on one of our famous new york style Bagels. Philly baked eggs and roasted garlic cream cheese on a warm Bavarian Pretzel. It’s All Greek baked eggs, spinach & artichoke spread and red onion on a chewy Bagel.
OH LA LA!   Philly
OH LA LA!   Philly
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Grilled Bratwurst Sandwich

This delicious bratwurst sandwich recipe was originally created for us by Chef Andy White from Schlafly Tap Room, for our CollaBREADtive series. Try it with grilled bread or our pretzel rolls for a twist! Brat Sandwich-HOR Grilled Bratwurst Sandwich Mustard Mix 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp whole grain mustard 1 tsp toasted mustard seed Red Cabbage Slaw 1 head shaved red cabbage 1 head shaved green cabbage 1 yellow onion, sliced 4 ounces cider vinegar 3 ounces sugar 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp mustard seed 1 tsp dry mustard 1 tbsp caraway seeds Boil vinegar, sugar, and spice mixture for 2 minutes and pour over cabbage and onion mixture. Refrigerate overnight. Sauerkraut 1 pound of sauerkraut 1 yellow onion, sliced 1 tbsp caraway seeds 1 ham hock Combine all ingredients. Cover in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Pick the meat off of the ham hock and stir into the sauerkraut. To Serve: 2 bratwursts boiled in beer mustard mix red cabbage slaw sauerkraut cooked with ham hocks 2 slices Muenster cheese Smear mustard mix on one slice of bread. Place slaw on mustard mix. Split the bratwurst lengthwise and grill it. Place grilled bratwurst on the slaw, top with sauerkraut and muenster and melt.
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Introducing…Breaded Bliss!

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Looking for a salty and sweet way to treat yourself? If you answered “yes” (and why wouldn’t you?), we have great news for you. Companion has teamed up with St. Louis’ favorite chocolatier, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, to create Breaded Bliss, a chocolate-covered creation that is being described as the perfect marriage of creamy, dark chocolate and crunchy, toasted bread.  We started with our always-fresh toasted bread, covered it in rich chocolate, and added a pinch of natural sea salt for good measure. The result is a treat that is as delightful as its name implies. Try Breaded Bliss today by picking some up at your nearest Companion cafe.

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Another Successful Girls on the Run 5k!

Another spectacular event, last Sunday, May 15, 2011! Girls on the Run 5K in Forest Park attracted nearly 5,000 runners with over half of them under 12. Very inspiring to see all the empowered young ladies! We donated 5,000 bagel sticks and 5,000 mini cookies for the finishers in addition to running the concessions. We have been involved with this outstanding organization since the beginning and we’ve been honored to grow with them. It has become our largest single day donation of the year. More info on their website! IMAG0042 (2)GOTR start (2)
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