I got on the Nutella bandwagon in high school, when my German teacher served it to us on slices of sourdough baguette. Is it just me, or does food taste about 100x better when your teacher hands it to you in class? Doesn’t matter if it’s goldfish in third grade or chocolate spread on bread in high school– it’s such a treat! As odd as the combination might have seemed in any other context, it was like magic that chilly morning in third period. Chocolate spread on bread?! That’s allowed?! I thought. That seriously might be the most lasting thing I took from that class (my teacher was great, but honestly, I’ve never used my German since).
Since then, loads of people have fallen in love with the stuff, and for good reason. Here is one of my favorite applications of Nutella: Banana Nutella Croissants. Guys, these are SO GOOD. I want them ALL THE TIME. I think I first saw Giada make these on Food Network, but I can’t seem to find her recipe online. All I know is the freshly-married young JoEllen immediately set out to Safeway, picked up croissants and bananas, and put her new panini grill to work.
The result was glorious: We bit into those crisped, buttery, flaky croissants only to meet a burst of warm, oozy nutella with nuggets of warmed banana slices rounding out the sweetness. HEAVENLY.
I’ll be the first to say that these don’t make for the prettiest presentation… but it doesn’t matter. Whip these up in front of your friends and when they smell the buttery croissanty nutella goodness, the only thing they’ll be thinking of is biting into one of these delectable treats. Try it, and tell me you didn’t love it!
Banana Nutella Croissant Sandwiches
Makes 4 sandwiches