bay leaf

noun

Definition of bay leaf

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

Examples of bay leaf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Strain potatoes and reserve the cream mixture but discard the bay leaf, thyme stems and the garlic. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Tyler Florence’s Mashed Potatoes," 18 Nov. 2020 And if that doesn’t give you a big enough bay leaf hit, the leaves are baked in between each roll, which perfume the rolls even more and lend it a beautiful presentation. Ben Mims, Los Angeles Times, "Go wild with bay leaves for the best yeast rolls," 12 Nov. 2020 Discard bay leaf and transfer split pea mixture, including any liquid, to food processor. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "Yellow Split Pea Dip," 20 Oct. 2020 Add canned tomatoes — if using whole, crush with hands or a potato masher — Creole seasoning, cayenne, thyme, oregano, bay leaf and lemon juice; stir to combine. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Use whatever Alaska seafood you have on hand for this Creole dish," 29 Oct. 2020 Add the plums, brown sugar, ginger, bay leaf, chicken stock or water and the salt. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "When buying a live pig is the first step to a succulent pork dish," 23 Oct. 2020 Lower heat and add onion, garlic, bay leaf, turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer until split peas are very tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Gabriella Vigoreaux, Good Housekeeping, "Yellow Split Pea Dip," 20 Oct. 2020 Add in vegetable broth and bay leaf, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Alex Darus, cleveland, "8 soup recipes to learn before cold weather hits," 14 Oct. 2020 Drain, reserving the cooking liquid, and remove and discard the bay leaf and onion. Beth Dooley, Star Tribune, "Make use of those dry beans in the pantry," 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bay leaf

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Bay leaf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bay%20leaf. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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