purée

Pronunciation: [pyuh-RAY]

n.Any food (usually a fruit or vegetable) that is finely mashed to a smooth, thick consistency. Purées can be used as a garnish, served as a side dish or added as a thickener to sauces or soups. purée v. To grind or mash food until it's completely smooth. This can be accomplished by one of several methods including using a food processor or blender or by forcing the food through a strainer or food mill.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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