bay leaf


Definition of bay leaf

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

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Add the garlic and bay leaf and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes., "Recipe: The hot summer has left plenty of sweet corn for this spicy chowder with potatoes - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 Finely mince the herbs and fresh bay leaf and transfer to a mixing bowl. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 Remove the bay leaf and then use an immersion or standing blender to puree the soup. Los Angeles Times, "A summer squash soup with a pedigree," 24 Aug. 2019 Reduce heat to medium, add onions, peppers, garlic and bay leaf and cook for 5 minutes, until vegetables soften. Simran Singh, The Mercury News, "Quick Cook: How to make Zoe’s Basque Style Braised Chicken," 5 Aug. 2019 Add milk, garlic, bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Country Living, "Fennel Gratin," 4 Nov. 2010 Reduce heat and add orange juice, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic and bay leaf. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carnitas street tacos you can make at home," 30 July 2019 This alternative quick recipe includes cloves, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns and bay leaves in the brine. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "Sassy, salty preserved lemons belong in your pantry. Here’s how to use them.," 15 July 2019 In a 2-quart stainless steel saucepan, combine vinegar, water, salt, sugar, bay leaves, cloves, peppercorns and garlic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Quick pickling gives fresh veggies and fruit a tangy crunch in a day or less," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of bay leaf

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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