What does “en croute” mean?

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“En croute” is a French phrase meaning “in crust.”  It is used to describe food (usually meat or seafood) that has been wrapped in dough or puff pastry prior to baking.  It’s a great way to enjoy roasted whole fish.


Examples of classic en croute dishes include salmon en croute and Beef Wellington (usually beef tenderloin covered with duxelles and/or pate before being wrapped in puff pastry).  En croute pates & mousses are also available.

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2 Responses to “What does “en croute” mean?”

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    David Carson says:

    Could the term “En croute” be used when moulding stuffing,as opposed to dough or puff pastry, around the outside of chicken pieces

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    Matthew says:

    Hi David,

    I haven’t heard it used that way, but you probably could? I’m not sure how strict the French are in their definition in this case.

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