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rockycat Jan 8, 2013 07:15 AM

Help! I'm blanking on a word and Google isn't helping me. What do you call a crisped piece of bread on which you place sliced steak or chicken to serve? I want to say that it's a crouton, but all the definitions I'm finding call a crouton those cubes you put on salad.

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    akq Jan 10, 2013 01:40 PM

    Trencher! :)

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      knucklesandwich Jan 9, 2013 03:29 PM

      It's a toast point.

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        grampart Jan 10, 2013 04:01 AM

        Best answer!

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          knucklesandwich Jan 10, 2013 01:42 PM

          Thanks, g.

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          alkapal Jan 24, 2013 06:06 AM

          toast points have points. the one in question is round.

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            coll Jan 24, 2013 06:12 AM

            That was what I was going to say too.

          2. kpaumer Jan 9, 2013 12:30 PM

            Holland Rusk. My mother was a server at a country club (over 30 years), she always referred to Holland Rusk as the proper way to plate a steak. It is rather tasty, the hard biscuit like texture soaks up the juices nicely.

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              wyogal Jan 9, 2013 12:36 PM

              That is a brand name, not the generic name for the croute or crouton, or crostini, or toast, depending on the language.

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              sr44 Jan 8, 2013 02:01 PM

              A crouton.

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                ChiliDude Jan 8, 2013 09:54 AM

                An open-faced sandwich?

                1. Hank Hanover Jan 8, 2013 09:51 AM

                  Once you put stuff on it, it's called a crostini. If t is plane.... probably ...toast.

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                    pikawicca Jan 8, 2013 11:52 AM

                    Not if you're French.

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                      ChiliDude Jan 10, 2013 01:44 PM

                      What has a flying machine to do with this discussion?

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                      Harters Jan 8, 2013 07:46 AM

                      I'd call it a crouton, if I was using a classic catering term. Or, if not, I'd call it fried bread.

                      As Gio notes above, Tournedos Rossini, for example, are served on a crouton

                      1. blue room Jan 8, 2013 07:35 AM

                        I think pikawicca's got it --

                        "croute (KROOT) - In French the word means "crust." (1) It is the French culinary name for round or oval pieces of stale bread fried in butter (or any other fat). They are used as a foundation upon which all manner of fish, meat, and vegetables preparations are served either as hors d' oeuvres, canapés, or for garnishings. (2) Also the name of thin slices of stale crusty bread, toasted or not, which are added to some soups at the time of serving."

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                          Gio Jan 8, 2013 07:38 AM

                          OK... in Italian it would be "crostino". Plural crostini... same thing as croute...

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                            ChiliDude Jan 8, 2013 09:52 AM

                            Glad to see that you didn't call the plural as would be in South Philly...crostinis. Plurals in South Philly are raviolis, paninis, cannolis, spaghettis...yada, yada, yada.

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                              Custardly Jan 8, 2013 07:54 PM

                              Earlier today I caught myself questioning the accuracy of pluralizing cheese. Though cheeses is correct, I was more comfortable writing "those cheese", which now seems incorrect. :-)

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                                bbqboy Jan 9, 2013 02:40 PM

                                ...or as in "I hate those meeses to pieces"

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                            rockycat Jan 8, 2013 07:44 AM

                            That sounds like what I mean. Thanks. I knew the Hounds would come up with this one quickly.

                          3. grampart Jan 8, 2013 07:33 AM

                            I call it "toast".

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                              ChiliDude Jan 8, 2013 09:49 AM

                              Best answer yet!

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                                Custardly Jan 8, 2013 07:46 PM

                                With your most snooty French accent?

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                                  alkapal Jan 24, 2013 06:04 AM



                              2. Gio Jan 8, 2013 07:24 AM

                                Are you thinking or Rusk, Crostini, or Bruschetta? Filet mignon is sometimes served on a crouton...as in "Filet Mignon Rossini".

                                1. pikawicca Jan 8, 2013 07:20 AM


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                                    Gio Jan 8, 2013 07:25 AM

                                    Pika, doesn't en croute mean to wrap the meat in a crust? I should say, dough.

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                                      pikawicca Jan 8, 2013 07:55 AM

                                      "En croute" means what you've said. Simple "croute" is a piece of toasted bread, usually round.

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