A Bouquet garni, in simplest terms is a mostly French preparation of a bundle of herbs used for cooking in stocks and stews. There is no strict list of ingredients, it is mostly whatever might be fresh from the garden, wrapped in a bundle and tied with string. The idea behind the “bundle” is to allow the flavors to blend into whatever dish you may be cooking and then able to be easily removed, this allows for a “clean” broth – no leafy bits.
While one can use almost any combination of herbs that they may like, many recipes call simply for a “bouquet garni” without giving any particulars. For those who might feel nervous about experimenting with their recipe just yet, here’s a more or less standard bundle that is easily made and common from just about any supermarket these days.
A Bay Leaf
Parsley and / or Cilantro
If you want to see some of the recipes that we’ve posted that use a bouquet garni, well, for right now we have only posted a Bouillabaisse.