A bouquet garni is a French term for a mixture of herbs that is added to the cooking pot.
There is a wide variety of French recipes for bouquet garni. I have two recipes for you here.
Bouquet garni can be made out of either fresh or dried herbs. I have included both versions for you.
This little packet of fresh or dried herbs is called a “bouquet” because it is traditionally made with fresh herbs that are tied with a bit of string like a bouquet so it can be easily retrieved from the pot after use.
It is a wonderful addition to stews and soups and adds fantastic flavor.
No only do these herbs add lovely flavor to any recipe you include them in, they also add great nutritional value. Herbs and spices are very healthy for us. You can find out more here.
Look below the recipe to find a recipe for a dried version of Bouquet Garni.
Fresh Bouquet Garni
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 4 sprigs parsley, large , including stalks
- 1/2 stalk celery, with leaves
- a few black peppercorns
- Put the herbs in a piece of cheesecloth and tie with kitchen string. Add them to the pot and remove the tasty little package before serving the food.
Dried Bouquet Garni
1/4 cup dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried thyme
2 to 3 dried bay leaves
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
Follow the same directions as you would for cooking with fresh herbs.
Bouquet garni is a great addition to low carb recipes, gluten free recipes and diabetic recipes because it adds wonderful flavor without adding unwanted ingredients.