Definition of puree in English:

puree

(also purée)

noun

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

    ‘tomato puree’
    • ‘Liquidise to give a smooth puree, then reheat; add 2 tablespoons sultanas.’
    • ‘Blackcurrants are so intensely flavoured that you don't need much of their purée to make an ice cream.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of refined sugars, sweeteners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, fruit juices and purees and powdered fruit sweeteners will do the job nicely.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan, add the anchovies, tomato puree, crushed garlic and olive paste, and stir until it sizzles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Add the chickpeas and greens along with the Basic Curry sauce, tomato puree and salt.’
    • ‘Pass through a metal sieve, using a metal spoon to push the fruit puree through it.’
    • ‘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 had the braised venison in red wine and chocolate with fresh pasta and celeriac puree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The beverage is made from Fair Trade certified oolong tea with black tea and organic peach puree.’
    • ‘When the syrup has cooled, mix it with the fruit puree, reserved seeds and lemon juice.’
    mash, mush, purée, cream, pressé, pap, slop, paste, slush, mulch, swill, slurry, semi-liquid, semi-fluid, mess
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make a puree of (fruit or vegetables):

    ‘puree the potatoes throughethe sieve’
    • ‘Next, blend the soft plums in a food processor on the pulse setting until they are pureed.’
    • ‘This time, I decided to purée the cooked chard mixture before putting it in the pie shell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clean and hull strawberries; place in food processor or blender just until puréed.’
    • ‘Add the fish sauce, water, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, and chilies, and purée them together.’
    • ‘In a blender or food processor, puree the cilantro, mint, Parmesan cheese, and 3 Tbsp. of oil.’
    • ‘For fussy children who don't like veggies floating in their pasta sauces or soups, puree the ingredients in the blender first.’
    • ‘Puree the potatoes until they are light, white and creamy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade, puree the pesto, spinach, and lemon juice.’
    • ‘Peel and then puree the cloves in a blender or food processor using 2 parts vegetable or olive oil to 1 part garlic.’
    • ‘The charm of this delicate English recipe is that the cauliflower isn't pureed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In this recipe, the shallots are cooked until completely tender, then pureed with cream.’
    • ‘Garlic also may be pureed in oil and stored in the freezer.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

puree

/ˈpjʊəreɪ/