cre·​mi·​ni | \ kri-ˈmē-nē How to pronounce cremini (audio) \
variants: or
plural cremini also creminis

Definition of cremini

: a meaty cultivated brown or tan mushroom that is of the same variety of button mushroom as the larger and more mature portobello

Examples of cremini in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Garlicky mushrooms: Substitute 1 pound small cremini or button mushrooms for the carrots. Jeanmarie Brownson,, "Pack up a picnic of Spanish tapas to feed a crowd," 3 July 2018 Add the cremini and shiitake mushrooms and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Quinoa pairs with a trio of mushrooms and kale for Passover side dish," 25 Mar. 2018 Try using different varieties of mushrooms – button, cremini, shiitake -- or a mix of whatever wild mushrooms are available at your market. Claire Perez,, "Mushroom brie soup a creamy splurge," 23 Mar. 2018 Cook the sliced cremini mushrooms on medium-high, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 5 minutes. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chicken Marsala," 12 Feb. 2018 Stir in cremini mushrooms, increase heat to medium-high and cook until creminis begin to brown, about 4 minutes. Judy Walker,, "8 invaluable tips for becoming a better cook in the new year," 26 Dec. 2017 Logan makes a customer favorite called Tommy’s Special with sliced meatballs, red onions, crushed red pepper flakes, goat cheese, broccoli and cremini mushrooms. Christina Mayo, miamiherald, "Merrick’s Pizza owner was trained by the Best in Coral Gables," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of cremini

1984, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cremini

Italian, plural of cremino, from crema cream, from Middle French cresme; probably from their color — more at cream

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“Cremini.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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