An edible container used to hold a thick stew, creamed meat, vegetable mixture and so on. A croustade can be made from pastry, a hollowed-out bread loaf or puréed potatoes or pasta that have been shaped to hold food. Before filling it with food, the container is deep-fried or toasted until golden-brown and crisp. Small filled croustades can be served as an appetizer or first course.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.