What Is A Bouquet Garni?

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For the past week or so, I’ve been seeing the ingredient bouquet garni in tons of recipes. I’ve never heard of this ingredient before, and unless it’s a flower, I’m not too sure why it’s in a bouquet. My initial gut reaction was that it was a bunch of herbs or spices or vegetables. Yep, I had three reactions, and I wasn’t sure which one to take. Confused about this ingredient too? I’ll be doing some detective work to discover exactly what a bouquet garni is!

After checking a couple of websites, I learned that a bouquet garni is….

A bundle of herbs tied together with a string. Usually it’s used in soups, stocks, stews, sauces, casseroles, or meat dishes. Although the bouquet is boiled with other ingredients, you don’t eat it! It’s removed before serving.

Typical recipes for a bouquet garni ones seem to include thyme, bay leaf and parsley. Other include basil, burnet, chervil, rosemary, peppercorns, savory and tarragon. However, other recipes actually include vegetables in the mix. These include carrot, celery and onion.

A string doesn’t have to be used either. If the ingredients are rather small, you can put them in a net or a tea strainer.

Here is the best Bouquet Garni Recipe I found:

Ingredients
* 1 Tbs. dried parsley
* 1 Tbs. dried thyme
* 1 tsp. dried oregano
* 1 tsp. dried rosemary
* 1 tsp. dried basil
* 1/2 tsp. ground bay leaves

Directions
Combine parsley, thyme, oregano, rosemary, basil, and bay leaves; store in an airtight container. Makes 3 Tbs. Store covered tightly.

Here are a few recipes you can use your bouquet garni in:
Veal Oregano
Beef Fritters with Spaghetti Creole Sauce
Ratatouille Pasta

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