force·​meat ˈfȯrs-ˌmēt How to pronounce forcemeat (audio)
: finely chopped and highly seasoned meat or fish that is either served alone or used as a stuffing

called also farce

Examples of forcemeat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not to be confused with other popular charcuterie elements like paté or rillettes, a terrine is made by layering forcemeat with any combination of additional ingredients in a terrine mold to cook slowly in a water bath. Foren Clark, CNN, 30 May 2022 Juicy duck with plum sauce sits near a delightful roasted turnip stuffed with duck forcemeat, a modern take on canard aux navets. Shauna Lyon, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2021 Check out this luxe treatment: The thigh and legs are made into forcemeat, mixed with truffle paste and wrapped in skin from the legs; after a sous-vide bath, the sausage is fried to crisp the skin. Los Angeles Times, 29 Aug. 2019 Each plate was set with a slice of the breast next to a forcemeat lollipop, and a section of mandarin and dime-size pommes souffles thickly coated with ramp powder that quickly overshadowed the mandarin sauce and threw the dish out of balance. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Apr. 2018 From her book, Eighmey also recommends period-appropriate forcemeat balls—the kind Franklin would have feasted on in 1740s Philly—infused with mace, nutmeg and cloves. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 31 Jan. 2018

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Word History


force (alteration of farce entry 1) + meat

First Known Use

circa 1688, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forcemeat was circa 1688

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“Forcemeat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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