I know some of you are asking what is this? Well I am going to tell you it is the Mack Daddy of seasonings you need when cooking soups, stews or making a homemade broth. It’s like a little Gift for your groceries! The bouquet garni (French for “garnished bouquet”) is a bundle of herbs usually tied together with string and cast adrift in your pot to flavor a soup, stew, or broth. They are tied together so they can be removed easily at the end of the cooking.
There is no generic recipe for bouquet garni, but most recipes include parsley, thyme and bay leaf. Depending on the recipe, the bouquet garni may also include basil, rosemary, peppercorns and tarragon. Vegetables such as carrot, celery (leaves or stem), leek, onion and parsley root are sometimes included in the bouquet. You may use what ever you want. Here is our recipe.
2 sprigs Fresh Thyme
2 Dried Bay Leaves
Leafy Greens from two Celery Stalks
6 sprigs Fresh Parsley
Arrange the herbs in a neat stack on top of each other and tie the ingredients into a tight bundle with string. Place into broths, sauces, stews and soups. Remove the bouquet garni from cooking liquid once it is done cooking and discard it.