bay leaf

noun

Definition of bay leaf

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

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Add onions, a good pinch of salt, pepper and bay leaf or thyme. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "The art of finishing sauces for fish," 5 June 2019 Stir in beans, chile flakes, bay leaves, bread and stock. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Most Satisfying Vegetable Soup," 28 Dec. 2018 Place chicken in pot of electric pressure cooker; add carrots, celery, onion, garlic, bay leaf, parsley, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 6 cups water. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Instant Pot Chicken Soup," 21 Dec. 2018 Boil for about 9 minutes or until reduced by ½. Pour red wine liquid over the ribs into the slow cooker, add bay leaf & rosemary. Krystyna Chávez, Marie Claire, "9 Easy Kentucky Derby Recipe Ideas You Can Whip Up In No Time," 3 May 2019 Add remaining leeks, onions, bay leaf and a generous pinch of salt. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Leek Soup Recipe Is Also the Best," 29 Oct. 2018 Lower heat to medium and add onion, red pepper, garlic, rosemary and bay leaf and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Light Chicken Cacciatore," 3 Jan. 2018 Remove bay leaves and adjust the seasoning with salt. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Olives, capers add extra touch to Pastiche's ratatouille," 9 Apr. 2018 In a small pot, combine drained beans, split leek, chiles, bay leaf, wine and stock. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Best Reason to Bake, Not Fry: Flavor," 12 Oct. 2018

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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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