What is a quenelle?

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A quenelle is a culinary shape, not a specific ingredient or food.  The quenelle shape looks something like a curved, oval football.  Quenelles are made by passing a smooth and creamy substance back and forth between two spoons, scooping the mixture out (and thus shaping it) with each pass.

They’re often found on fine dining dessert menus and made of ice cream, firm whipped cream, ganache or other creamy substances.  However, they can also be made from savory ingredients (and are a great way to show off homemade compound butter), and in fact they originated as poached dumplings made from spiced meat or seafood.

How to Make Quenelles

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