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Pronunciation: [kroo-STAHD]

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.