mignonette

noun
mi·​gnon·​ette | \ˌmin-yə-ˈnet \

Definition of mignonette 

1 : any of a genus (Reseda of the family Resedaceae, the mignonette family) of herbs especially : a garden annual (R. odorata) bearing racemes of fragrant whitish flowers

2 : a sauce made typically with vinegar, pepper, and herbs and served especially with oysters

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For something more refined, Haute Quarter Grill offers a cold oyster dish served with a strawberry, cucumber and ginger mignonette. Anchorage Daily News, "Searching for Anchorage’s finest bites? Think seafood," 2 May 2018 Flowers to start: In addition to above there are the harder, smaller seeds that need individual cups ie nemophila, silane, mignonette, Arctic poppy, California poppy, morning glory, Shirley poppies. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Resist the temptation to rake your lawn right now — you’ll be thankful later," 27 Apr. 2018 The pristine and flawlessly handled seafood includes two Niantic, two Sagamore and two Wellfleet oysters, four littleneck clams, two jumbo shrimp, a shrimp & calamari salad, cocktail sauce and limoncello mignonette. Spencer Caldwell, courant.com, "Carbone's Prime, Rocky Hill," 24 Mar. 2018 Be sure to include some fragrant plants such as a fragrant rose, Four o’clocks, mignonette or petunias. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cottage gardens can include edibles as well as ornamentals | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 Oyster fans can spend $2 for a plain East Coast variety with cocktail and mignonette sauces or splurge at $7 for two dressed- up mollusks (think oyster Rockefeller). Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Where to spend happiest of hours in Central Florida restaurants," 22 Feb. 2018 Another current offering is borage sprouts and oyster leaf dressed in turnip juice mignonette with shallot and chive, meant to be eaten in just one bite. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Secrets to Eating at America's Fanciest Restaurants for Under $50," 17 Feb. 2017 Serving: Place the grilled fish on a serving platter, drizzle with the mignonette, and garnish with cilantro. Debbi Snook, cleveland.com, "Grilled Perch with Cucumber Mignonette (recipe)," 13 Sep. 2017 There emerges a gnawing need to have those lamb ribs again, and the omelet slathered with caviar, and the oysters spiked with Sichuan mignonette. Jeff Gordinier, Esquire, "The Best New Restaurants in America 2017," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of mignonette

1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mignonette

French mignonnette, from obsolete French, feminine of mignonnet dainty, from Middle French, from mignon darling

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