Flambe meaning

fläm-bā', fläɴ-
To drench with a liquor, such as brandy, and ignite.

Flambéed the steak at the table.

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Served flaming in ignited liquor.

Steak flambé.

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Served with a sauce of flaming brandy, rum, etc.
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A dessert or other dish so served.
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To add brandy, etc. to and serve flaming.
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Being, or having been, flambéed.
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(cooking) A showy cooking technique where an alcoholic beverage, such as brandy, is added to hot food and then the fumes are ignited.
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The act of flambéing.
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A flambéed dish.
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To cook with a showy technique where an alcoholic beverage, such as brandy, is added to hot food and then the fumes are ignited.

"Flambé the dessert", ordered the Chef, "but take the dish off the heat before adding the brandy or you'll burn your eyebrows off."

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Origin of flambe

  • From French past participle of flamber to flame from Old French from flambe flame flame
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Wiktionary