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The pronunciation of quenelles is quite easy. The 'q' sounds like a 'k' (as it does in English, for example 'quit'. The 'u' is silent, as is the 'es' at the end. In French, the singular and plural forms (quenelle and quenelles) are pronounced identically, so you only infer a plural when hearing the word, which is why you do so much dictation when you study French. If you want a simpler explanation, say 'kennel' with the accent inclined to the last syllable, so closer to ke/NELL. French is not technically a stressed language, but is inclined to a subtle stress on the last syllable of words.
What are quenelles?
'Quenelles' *(f) are also referred to by the same name in English. They consist of finely minced meat or fish mixtures bound with egg. Sometimes breadcrumbs are added. They are carefully shaped into small portions (see the image) and poached. Some might say they are a type of dumpling, but this is misleading because dumplings are usually made with a type of dough, and quenelles are made with a mousseline (forcemeat with cream and egg). They may be served by themselves, usually with a sauce, or as a garnish to other dishes.
Famous French dishes with quenelles
'Quenelles de Brochet' or 'Pike Quenelles' in English are typically served with a 'Sauce Nantua' - a traditional French sauce based on a béchamel enriched with crayfish and cream. Some people translate them as 'fish dumplings' but this is an injustice to the dish. If you are looking for a recipe, try this one.