Definition of forcemeat in US English:



  • A mixture of meat or vegetables chopped and seasoned for use as a stuffing or garnish.

    • ‘Put the forcemeat inside the turkey; if you have too much, put the leftover into buttered ramekins.’
    • ‘Incorporate five eggs and continue mixing well to have a good forcemeat which you may thin with broth.’
    • ‘Charge three crowns a pound for forcemeat that costs five crowns to make.’
    • ‘Secondly, savoury mutton pies, usually filled with cutlets and forcemeat, or with caudles of eggs, or ragoos of oysters added after cooking, were also made.’
    • ‘Not a pistachio in sight, unless they had been pulverised into the porridgey forcemeat around the chunks of chicken.’
    • ‘Preheat the oven to 200°C. Spread a portion of forcemeat over the base of a 500 ml copper pan or soufflé dish.’
    • ‘Push the forcemeat down and into the sausage casings, tying them off at 4-inch intervals.’
    • ‘A fish bisque is made from a forcemeat of carp, carp eggs, carp milk, and shrimp.’
    • ‘Put the forcemeat into the body cavity and cover the stuffing with a piece of bread.’
    • ‘Cut the onion into small parts and fry it until it becomes golden and then add it to the forcemeat.’
    • ‘Prepared potato mass turn in the form of flat cakes, spread them on frying pan, put forcemeat on it, from above again potato mass fry from both sides up to formation of a ruddy crust.’
    • ‘Now beat and strain the eggs, work these up with the other ingredients, and the forcemeat will be ready for use.’
    filling, farce, salpicon
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Late 17th century: from obsolete force ‘to stuff’, alteration (influenced by the force (verb)) of farce, from French farcir (see farce).