What is "croustade, croustades"?
The dictionary definition of ‘croustade, croustades’ *(f) is ‘a savoury pie’. From my investigations a better way to define a croustade is as some sort of ‘farinaceous, edible holder with a filling’. Croustades include:
Bread (loaf, or rolls) which has been hollowed out to leave just the crust, brushed with butter, and crisped in the oven before being filled. See also ‘croûte‘;
Pastry baked blind, and filled;
Rice or semolina, bound with eggs, and sometimes cheese, which spread out to cool and thicken, and then shaped to make room for a filling. ‘Duchesse‘ potatoes can be used in a similar way.
The French ‘ou‘ sounds closest to the English ‘oo’ in ‘food’. The ‘u’ in ‘scuba’ is also a good reference;
The ‘a’ sounds like the ‘a’ in ‘father’, and the ‘lah’ from ‘do re mi’;
You say the ‘d’ because it is followed by an ‘e‘. The ‘e‘ itself is silent.
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