The bouquet garni (French for "garnished bouquet") is a bundle of herbs usually tied together with string and mainly used to prepare soup, stock, and various stews. The bouquet is boiled (usually for a long time) with the other ingredients, but is removed prior to consumption.
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 include basil, celery leaves, thyme, chervil, rosemary, peppercorns, savory and tarragon. Sometimes, vegetables such as carrot, celery, celery root, leek, onion and parsley root, are also included in the bouquet.
Occasionally, the bouquet is not bound with string, and its ingredients are instead filled into a small sachet, a net, or even a tea strainer.
Traditionally, the aromatics are bound within leek leaves, though a coffee filter or butcher's twine/kitchen string can be used in their place.
Dishes made with a bouquet garni include:
We have a number of bouquets garni recipes tailored for specific dishes