Croissants are delicious and versatile pastries. If you’re on a quest to learn how to include a croissant in every meal, we can help. We’ve tailored a guide for those who want to eat croissants in a unique and innovative way. Let’s take a look at some original recipes you can create to feature croissants at breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert.
Breakfast: Croissant French Toast Casserole
You can enjoy traditional croissants for breakfast. A dough sheeter can help you up your croissant game and serve perfect flaky croissants. However, if you want to do something more original, you can make those croissants and turn them into a breakfast casserole with the ingredients below.
- 6 large croissants (quartered)
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup of your choice of topping (berries, maple syrup, etc.)
Combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large bowl, whisking until smooth. In a greased baking dish, arrange the quartered croissants and pour the egg mixture over them. Press the croissants down gently to ensure they absorb the mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Uncover and bake the casserole for 40–50 minutes until golden brown. Top with your choice of toppings before serving.
Lunch: Turkey Pesto Croissant Sandwich
While croissants are traditionally a breakfast food, you can also use them to create delicious sandwiches for lunch. You can try a turkey pesto sandwich with the ingredients below.
- 4 large croissants, halved lengthwise
- 1/2 cup basil pesto, handmade or store-bought
- 12 slices deli turkey
- 8 slices Swiss cheese
- 1 large tomato, sliced
- 4 leaves of lettuce
Spread basil pesto on the bottom half of each croissant. Layer with turkey, Swiss cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Place the top half of each croissant and toast or serve immediately.
Dinner: Croissant Chicken Pot Pie
If you still have croissants left over in the evening, you can use them to make the perfect topping for your chicken pot pie.
- 6 large croissants, cubed
- 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
- 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables (corn, carrots, peas)
- 1/2 cup dairy milk
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, mixed vegetables, milk, thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix well and transfer it to a greased casserole dish. Top with cubed croissants, pressing them down slightly. Bake for 25–30 minutes or until croissant topping is golden brown. Serve hot.
Dessert: Chocolate Hazelnut Croissant Bites
Croissants are full of delicious butter, but many people enjoy eating them sweet. Serve them as a dessert with the following ingredients:
- 4 large croissants
- 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
- 1/3 cup crushed hazelnuts, store-bought or run through a meat grinder
Slice each croissant into five equal pieces horizontally. Spread chocolate hazelnut spread onto each croissant slice and roll them up. Place the rolls seam-side down on a plate. Sprinkle with crushed hazelnuts that you bought at the store or crushed yourself with a meat grinder and serve.
With these recipes in your arsenal, you can learn how to include croissants in every meal. Experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create your own unique croissant dishes that will have your customers coming back for more.