What is a “bouquet garni”?

A “bouquet garni” originates from the French school of cooking, and is a bundle of herbs that are added to casseroles, stocks, sauces, and soups.

Traditionally, bouquet garni is composed of parsley (or parsley stalks, which have lots of flavors), a few sprigs of thyme and a bay leaf.

The bouquet garni herbs may be bundled into a strip of leek or a piece of celery stalk, or tied in a muslin bag or with string, to keep them together during cooking and allow easy removal before serving.

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