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

Examples of quenelle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sneed had no qualms with the other courses for the evening’s meal, including a quail egg buried in buttery brioche and topped with an intemperate amount of osetra caviar, and a silky corn soup studded with fresh lobster and lobster quenelles. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "Jean-Louis Palladin was D.C.’s original celebrity chef. But his legacy is complicated.," 19 Aug. 2019 There are no supplements or add-ons available; everyone gets the same dishes, save for birthday or anniversary celebrants who might get an extra quenelle of ice cream for dessert. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "At Maum in Palo Alto, a tasting menu that celebrates Korean American classics," 8 Aug. 2019 The cod’s flesh, meanwhile, becomes fish cakes as fluffy as French quenelles. Fortune, "Restaurant Review: Iceland’s Slippurinn Is an Ephemeral Culinary Destination," 11 Aug. 2019 This dessert, a quenelle of red berry sorbet perched on top of mascarpone tinged green with basil oil, is very factory pomo with its straight angles and neon coloring. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "What does luxury mean for the modern restaurant critic?," 5 Aug. 2019 For example, his version of quenelles, poached pike dumplings, has a crispy shell. Mary Winston Nicklin, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Food Lovers Should Visit Lyon This Fall," 11 June 2019 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

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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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“Quenelle.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quenelle. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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