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Bay leaf

the dried leaf of the laurel, used in cookery.
the leaf of the bayberry, Pimenta racemosa, used in making bay oil and bay rum.
Contemporary Examples

Add the wine, beef bones, bay leaf, oregano, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, if using.
Super-fy Your Super Bowl Snacks Michael Symon February 2, 2011

Add the butter, chicken stock, salt, bay leaf, thyme, and tarragon and bring to a simmer.
Daniel Boulud Reveals His 4 Favorite Recipes From His New Cookbook Daniel Boulud October 14, 2013

Reduce the alcohol down by two thirds along with the peppercorns, thyme and bay leaf.
Fresh Picks Markus Glocker July 5, 2010

Historical Examples

Cut onion and turnip fine and put in a muslin bag with bay leaf, peppercorns and celery leaves.
Stevenson Memorial Cook Book Various

Also lard it with bay leaf or rosemary to be removed when serving.
The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile

Put in roasting pan with a small sliced onion, one-fourth cup each of turnip and carrot, season with bay leaf and parsley.
Stevenson Memorial Cook Book Various

Simmer vegetables and bay leaf in oil for 10 m. Do not brown.
The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins

Put vegetables in pudding dish in order given, with a piece of bay leaf occasionally.
The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins

Add a soup bouquet with the addition of some spices and a bay leaf.
The Hotel St. Francis Cook Book Victor Hirtzler

Cook the peas, together with their juice from the cans, and the onion and bay leaf until the peas are soft.
Quantity Cookery Lenore Richards

a leaf, usually dried, of the Mediterranean laurel, Laurus nobilis, used in cooking to flavour soups and stews


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