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It’s About Time We Croissant-ed Everything

By: Lodge Cast Iron / June 6, 2023

From cronuts to cruffins, a well-laminated dough can do a lot of hard work on a pastry shelf. But we asked ourselves: what if everything got the croissant treatment? We started with chicken pot pie, but there are so many other classic dishes hungry to be croissant-ed. Get inspiration on how croissant dough can change the whole game with your favorite recipes.  

Croissant Crusted Chicken Pot Pie USA Enamel

DIY or store-bought croissants? 

Croissants are made with a yeast-raised dough that goes through the process of lamination. The result? A dreamy combination of flakey, buttery goodness. While the making and baking process is not for the faint of heart, the results are nothing short of heavenly. Our secret weapon for great croissants? Time and patience. From proofing to laminating, the process is long (and rewarding!). If you don’t want the stress of preparing croissant dough right before you need it, you can make the dough ahead of time and freeze it for later. And when you’re not feeling inspired to take on a weekend baking project, simply reach for store-bought croissant dough. 

blacklock french toast


If there’s one thing we know, it’s that brunch is always improved by the presence of croissants. And there’s no shortage of breakfast items that love to be croissant-ed. Wake up on the sweet side by using leftover croissants to make French toast. Just slice your croissants in half and prepare your French toast as usual, topping with whipped cream, maple syrup, fresh fruit, and powdered sugar. If a quiche or galette is on your menu, swap your traditional crust with croissant dough. Croissant dough is also a friend to whatever meat and cheese combo your family’s breakfast casserole calls for. You’ll never go back—even the folks in your crew who swore the recipe couldn’t be edited. 


Croissant-ifying your appetizers may be our best hosting tip yet! This extra touch really elevates your presentation and doesn’t require a lot of day-of work if you’re using leftover or store-bought croissant dough. Baked brie is an easy place to start. Our original recipe calls for a sheet of puff pastry dough, but this can easily be swapped with croissant dough. If you’re going for something portable, highlight your favorite seasonal veggies on a flatbread with a croissant crust. During the winter, we like to pile on winter squash and kale, and when it warms up, we load up on peaches and figs. And for the kids (and the kids at heart!), we like to use croissant dough to give a French twist to two of our favorite childhood snacks: pigs in a blanket and pizza rolls. 

Roasted Zucchini and Scallion Galette


Of course, this Croissant Chicken Pot Pie recipe is what inspired us to reimagine the ways we could use croissant dough in our cooking and baking. This technique can really be applied to any pie recipe—sweet or savory—making it a great place to start if you’re new to the idea that you can’t have too many croissants. Usually in single-crust pies, the crust acts as the vessel for your filling. When we use croissant dough for a pie with a filling that has a lot of moisture, we like to use the dough as a topping. We have a no-soggy-bottoms philosophy and this ensures that the crust crisps up nicely in the oven. 

Enter another one of our favorite pies: pizza. We didn’t think it could get any better, then we replaced our classic pizza dough with croissant dough. We stand corrected. This flaky, buttery base is perfect for piling on homemade pizza sauce, cheese, and all of your favorite toppings.  


When it comes to dessert, croissants are a natural fit. Of course, you can use the dough to make hand pies or tarts, filling them with whatever your favorite fruits or custards. But croissant dough is also a great base for homemade cinnamon rolls. As far as ingredients go, traditional cinnamon roll dough is fairly similar to croissant dough. The main difference comes down to the laminating process, where butter is folded into every layer of your dough, and that makes for a great cinnamon roll. If you have leftover homemade or store-bought croissants that are looking a little stale, you can put those to work in bread pudding.  

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