Definition of mincemeat in English:



  • 1British A mixture of currants, raisins, sugar, apples, candied peel, spices, and suet, typically baked in pastry:

    ‘spoon the mincemeat into the pastry cases’
    • ‘in Britain, is a miniature round pie, filled with mincemeat: typically a mixture of dried fruits, chopped nuts and apples, suet, spices, and lemon juice, vinegar, or brandy.’
    • ‘Kashmir offers not only a great shooting locations, it is also where he gets addicted to saffron rice cooked on hot coals, and mincemeat with cream and almond sauce.’
    • ‘This morning I have already made mince pies (home made mincemeat with cranberries and no meat) and cranberry sauce.’
    • ‘Christmas is the one time of year when I can imagine some tiny excuse for people buying the miserable tripe they do: their brainstems have been replaced by mincemeat and their cranial fluid by sherry.’
    • ‘To ensure the precious recipe is not lost forever she has stored it on her PC with other recipes for cakes and mincemeat she has collected from the M.E.N. over the years.’
    • ‘And as for Christmas pudding - well, I might remind you that the main ingredient of this is mincemeat.’
    • ‘So I'm taking this opportunity to warn everyone: now is not a good time for you to share your recipe for mincemeat, or regale me with tales of your Nigella Lawson-esque prowess in the kitchen.’
    • ‘We enjoyed the chebureki, three big ravioli-like pockets of fried dough filled with mincemeat.’
    • ‘Throw them with abandon into mincemeat, muffins, cookies, fruit loafs - they taste and look particularly gorgeous in a carrot cake.’
    • ‘Stock up on a selection of delicious chutneys and preserves, mincemeat and brandy butter.’
    • ‘When I was a child we stirred next year's plum pudding in October and made mincemeat in November.’
    • ‘Over a four-week period a consumer might purchase 16 oz. of hard soap, 16 oz. of jam, marmalade, or mincemeat, and 8oz. of sweets.’
    • ‘If you want to make store-bought mincemeat more special, tip the contents of a jar into a bowl and add some grated apple, orange or lemon zest, chopped almonds or hazelnuts - and, of course, a good slug of brandy, whisky or Drambuie.’
    • ‘Occasionally boozed up with some fresh doses of rum and brandy, my mincemeat or soaked fruits or whatever you call has aged and become nice and mellow.’
    • ‘Of the 5.5 million jars of mincemeat, 6.5 million jars of cranberry sauce and 12 million bottles of pickles consumed across the country this Christmas, only a small amount will be recycled.’
    • ‘Alternatively, use slices of stale baguette and layer with handfuls of mixed dried fruit or leftover mincemeat.’
    • ‘My mother would make her favorite bread pudding: layers of buttered bread sandwiching mincemeat and marmalade, doused with cream and eggs, baked until puffy as a quilted pillow, and slathered with hard sauce.’
    • ‘Last weekend, I started our preparations for Christmas by making 6lb of mincemeat and a Christmas cake.’
    • ‘The final cook-off is the culmination of an eight month long search for the best amateur mincemeat and pastry cook in the country.’
    • ‘The family cook runs out of mincemeat, the cake is not iced yet and the tree is still to be decorated.’
  • 2Minced meat.

    • ‘Meat eaters, they will come readily to the hand for mincemeat or strips of beef, even cheese, in dry times.’
    • ‘It has jaws that apparently can crush stones so that even crabs are just like mincemeat to it.’
    • ‘His face and clothes usually presented an appearance of a mincemeat chopper, being covered in flesh from the victim's body.’
    • ‘We also do rhubarb, strawberry, and lemon, and I make my own mincemeat out of elk meat.’
    • ‘The school lunch was full of mincemeat so I couldn't eat it.’
    • ‘Other common foods are chorba, a spicy soup; dolma, a mixture of tomatoes and peppers, and bourek, a specialty of Algiers consisting of mincemeat with onions and fried eggs, rolled and fried in batter.’
    • ‘Far worse, we looked at our children and thought of the mincemeat we had made into sauces for their spaghetti or the hamburgers we had treated them to on a Saturday afternoon shopping expedition.’
    • ‘My own pepper was equally satisfying; a whole, succulent green pepper so tender it melted in the mouth, piping hot and stuffed to bursting with rice and mincemeat.’
    • ‘Cattle were making between 80 to 84p per lb at the moment but a pound of mincemeat in the butchers cost more.’
    • ‘Today they gave my bulldog, Dora, a bowl of mincemeat to eat under the table.’
    • ‘The Ceylon paratha can also come filled with mincemeat and a topping of egg, if you want to make a meal of it.’