Definition of puree in English:


(also purée)


  • [mass noun] A smooth cream of liquidized or crushed fruit or vegetables.

    ‘tomato puree’
    • ‘Blackcurrants are so intensely flavoured that you don't need much of their purée to make an ice cream.’
    • ‘Among the cold dishes were rare beef fillet on olive bread with red pepper confit, and grilled aubergine rolled around chickpea puree and harissa.’
    • ‘I went for the bacon and cabbage terrine with leek puree, which came with frozen asparagus mousse and a single, perfectly cooked asparagus split in two.’
    • ‘Tonny's serves what may be my favorite chile verde in town at the moment, a vast plate of fried pork simmered in a tart green purée, and the peppery fried catfish is quite good.’
    • ‘Liquidise to give a smooth puree, then reheat; add 2 tablespoons sultanas.’
    • ‘I had the braised venison in red wine and chocolate with fresh pasta and celeriac puree.’
    • ‘It is perfect and subtle stuff: smoky from the eggplant's grill-induced char, with a light, nubbly texture more interesting than a resolutely smooth puree's.’
    • ‘Pass through a metal sieve, using a metal spoon to push the fruit puree through it.’
    • ‘Among side dishes, though, the truffle creamed spinach was dank with cream and the fingerling-potato puree was so heavily salted, we had to sample it with a teaspoon.’
    • ‘The beverage is made from Fair Trade certified oolong tea with black tea and organic peach puree.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan, add the anchovies, tomato puree, crushed garlic and olive paste, and stir until it sizzles.’
    • ‘The porcini and miso broth now has enough heft to match the formidable sweet-potato purée in the dumplings.’
    • ‘Opt instead for plain yoghurt which you have combined with fruit puree or jam yourself; or add a small pack of raisins or dried apricots instead.’
    • ‘Add the chickpeas and greens along with the Basic Curry sauce, tomato puree and salt.’
    • ‘Researchers in Milan showed that a three-week diet rich in tomato purée helped protect white blood cells.’
    • ‘The claque of vegetarians at the table enjoyed a dish of sweetly tangy braised endives with chestnut purée, but a wispy open ravioli with chanterelles tasted mostly of sweet corn and bubbles.’
    • ‘When the syrup has cooled, mix it with the fruit puree, reserved seeds and lemon juice.’
    • ‘Add the kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée, and cocoa powder, and then allow the mixture to simmer for as long as you like, stirring occasionally.’
    • ‘Instead of refined sugars, sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, fruit juices and purees and powdered fruit sweeteners will do the job nicely.’
    mash, mush, purée, cream, pressé, pap, slop, paste, slush, mulch, swill, slurry, semi-liquid, semi-fluid, mess
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  • Make a puree of (fruit or vegetables)

    ‘puree the potatoes throughethe sieve’
    • ‘In a blender or food processor, puree the cilantro, mint, Parmesan cheese, and 3 Tbsp. of oil.’
    • ‘Place the salmon, pesto, egg white, breadcrumbs, shallots, salt and pepper in a blender and whizz until the salmon is finely chopped, but not puréed.’
    • ‘Garlic also may be pureed in oil and stored in the freezer.’
    • ‘In this recipe, the shallots are cooked until completely tender, then pureed with cream.’
    • ‘One of the cheapest and easiest 'deli' foods to make, hummus is essentially chickpeas pureed with tahini and other flavours added.’
    • ‘There are myriad ways of preparing aubergines - they are often served grilled and topped with thick yoghurt and mint or dill; or you can roast them, then scoop out the flesh and puree it with garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.’
    • ‘Puree the potatoes until they are light, white and creamy.’
    • ‘For fussy children who don't like veggies floating in their pasta sauces or soups, puree the ingredients in the blender first.’
    • ‘Clean and hull strawberries; place in food processor or blender just until puréed.’
    • ‘Late May and early June signal the first of the gooseberries to be cooked gently, then pureed and swirled through cream to make a wonderful gooseberry fool.’
    • ‘The charm of this delicate English recipe is that the cauliflower isn't pureed.’
    • ‘Add the fish sauce, water, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, and chilies, and purée them together.’
    • ‘Next, blend the soft plums in a food processor on the pulse setting until they are pureed.’
    • ‘In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice.’
    • ‘This time, I decided to purée the cooked chard mixture before putting it in the pie shell.’
    • ‘Peel and then puree the cloves in a blender or food processor using 2 parts vegetable or olive oil to 1 part garlic.’
    • ‘Food is another expense once you start weaning, though you can save a lot by puréeing your own food for your baby, rather than buying packets and jars.’
    • ‘We had two children, aged 19 months and seven, with us, and the restaurant coped well - cooking the children's meals first and even pureeing our toddler's dinner.’


Early 18th century: French purée, literally purified, feminine past participle of purer.