bay leaf

noun

Definition of bay leaf 

: the dried leaf of the European laurel (Laurus nobilis) used in cooking

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Transfer pork to a plate; discard onions and bay leaves. Anna Stockwell, Bon Appetit, "Party Posole Rojo," 26 Mar. 2018 Add bay leaves, turmeric and drained rice, stirring to coat grains with oil. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Floyd Cardoz’s Spiced Asparagus With Coconut and Turmeric Rice," 21 June 2018 Crank the heat to high and add bay leaves, onion halves, and unpeeled garlic cloves. Mark Bittman, GQ, "The Best Things to Do With a Hunk of Red Meat (Including Eating it Raw)," 26 Jan. 2018 Add the bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, and beans to the beef and stir to combine. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "3 Easy Summer Campfire Recipes Your Entire Family Will Enjoy," 22 June 2018 Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook until the wine is reduced by half, then add the milk and bay leaves and bring to a boil. Noelle Carter, latimes.com, "Cooking for comfort? Anthony Bourdain's rich lasagna Bolognese is one of our favorites," 8 June 2018 The German news agency suggests this method of cooking crawfish: clean them in salt water, then put them live into a large pot of boiling water already seasoned with salt, cayenne pepper, lemon, garlic, onion and bay leaves. Melinda Morris, NOLA.com, "Germany responds to 'crayfish plague': Just eat them already, news station reports," 8 May 2018 Increase heat to medium and add onion, leek, celery, and bay leaves; cook, stirring often, until onion is translucent and softened, 8–10 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Smoked-Fish Chowder," 19 Mar. 2018 Make the grits: In a large pot, combine water, bay leaves and cream. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of bay leaf

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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bay leaf

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bay leaf

: a dried leaf from the bay tree that has a sweet smell and is used in cooking

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