que·​nelle | \ kə-ˈnel How to pronounce quenelle (audio) \

Definition of quenelle

: a poached oval dumpling of pureed forcemeat (as of pike) often served in a cream sauce

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The quenelle-like fishballs were at once springy and creamy, the rice noodles supple, the broth clear and sure of purpose. Matt Gross, New York Times, "Where to Find Bangkok’s Best Street Food While You Can," 9 Apr. 2018 Filet of sole meunière with brown butter and lemon, quenelles de brochet, and the floating island dessert of custard and meringue. Alyse Whitney, Bon Appetit, "Martha Stewart’s 5 Best Meals of All Time," 20 Mar. 2018 Choices include quenelles of pike with lobster sauce, vichyssoise, gnocchi parisienne, rabbit ragout and skate amandine. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Le Bouchon celebrates 25th anniversary with $38 menu," 6 June 2018 Classics like pike quenelles, roast chicken for two with foie gras stuffing, leg of lamb with potato gratin, and several seasonal vegetable preparations bolster the menu. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "French Fare From a Comfort Food Veteran in the West Village," 22 May 2018 Her dense little matzo balls have the presence of quenelles. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "Jonathan Gold beholds the brisket spectacle at Freedman's, a Jewish-ish deli in Echo Park," 18 May 2018 McGarry and a few sous chefs—wearing, curiously, black berets—stand around an island in the back of the dining room, each carefully daubing sauce onto a plate or gently rubbing the back of a spoon to release a perfect quenelle of ice cream. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "A Nineteen-Year-Old Chef Masters the Rules of Fine Dining," 12 Apr. 2018 Critics say Dieudonné's quenelle is a disguised Nazi salute. Brian Eads, Newsweek, "Are the French Anti-Semitic?," 6 Feb. 2014 Instead his menus offered the grand, substantial dishes of the decades: duck with foie gras, pike quenelles, fillet of beef Rossini, coq au vin. The Economist, "The maker of chefsPaul Bocuse died on January 20th," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of quenelle

1845, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quenelle

French, from German Knödel dumpling, from Middle High German; akin to Old High German knoto knot — more at knot

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