Egg and Pepper Croustades

Egg and Pepper Croustades

Cara Howe


  •   Four 1-inch-thick slices white loaf bread, or eight 1-inch-thick slices French bread
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons  butter, melted
  • red, orange, and/or yellow bell peppers, cored and diced very finely
  • eggs
  • 1/4 Cup  milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon  dried oregano
  •   Freshly ground pepper, to taste

This is an attractive and unusual way to serve eggs. Crisp, buttery toasted bread squares serve as shells for creamy scrambled eggs. Have everything that you plan to serve with the croustades ready when you begin. You will need about half a loaf of unsliced homemade-type white bread, or you can use French bread.

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Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Remove the crusts from the bread. Bit by bit tear out the center of each slice, leaving a ¾-inch wall, or a ½-inch wall if using French bread. Save the crusts and centers to make breadcrumbs. Melt 1 ½ tablespoons of the butter. Lightly brush the bread all over with the melted butter, and place the slices on a cookie sheet.

Bake until lightly golden all over, for 5 minutes. Turn off the oven and keep the hollowed-out bread warm in it.

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium heat and sauté the bell peppers until very tender, about 7 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl beat together the eggs, milk, and oregano just until blended. Season with pepper, to taste. Don't incorporate too much air into the eggs.

Reduce the heat to low. Add the egg mixture and stir constantly until creamy. Be sure not to overcook them. Use a tablespoon to stir for the creamiest results.

Place a croustade on each plate and spoon equal amounts of eggs into the centers, spreading some to the edges also. Cut the remaining of butter into bits and place on top of the eggs. Serve immediately.


Calories per serving:

362 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Vegetarian, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 21g 33%
  • Carbs 26g 9%
  • Saturated 10g 50%
  • Fiber 3g 14%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 11g
  • Monounsaturated 7g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 17g 34%
  • Cholesterol 400mg 133%
  • Sodium 297mg 12%
  • Calcium 153mg 15%
  • Magnesium 36mg 9%
  • Potassium 381mg 11%
  • Iron 3mg 16%
  • Zinc 2mg 12%
  • Phosphorus 270mg 39%
  • Vitamin A 262µg 29%
  • Vitamin C 49mg 82%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 17%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 35%
  • Niacin (B3) 2mg 10%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 13%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 101µg 25%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 16%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 2mg 8%
  • Vitamin K 3µg 4%
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