Bouquet garni of thyme, bay leaves, and sage, tied with a string
Bouquet garni of thyme, bay leaves, and sage, tied with a string
A bouquet garni in cranberry sauce
A bouquet garni in cranberry sauce

The bouquet garni (French for "garnished bouquet"; pronounced [bukɛ ɡaʁni][1][2]) is a bundle of herbs usually tied with string and mainly used to prepare soup, stock, casseroles and various stews.[3][4][5] The bouquet is cooked with the other ingredients and removed prior to consumption.[3] Liquid remaining in the bouquet garni can be wrung out into the dish.[6]

There is no standard recipe for bouquet garni, but most French recipes include thyme, bay leaf and parsley.[4] It may also include basil, burnet, chervil, rosemary, peppercorns,[7] savory and tarragon. Vegetables such as carrot, celery (leaves or leaf stalks), celeriac, leek, onion and parsley root are sometimes included in the bouquet. In Provence, dried orange peel may be added.[citation needed]

Sometimes, the bouquet is not bound with string, and its ingredients are filled into a small sachet, a piece of celery stalk,[5] a net, or a tea strainer instead.[8] Traditionally, the aromatics are bound within leek leaves, though a cheesecloth,[3] muslin or coffee filter tied with butcher twine can be used.[citation needed]

Use in dishes

Dishes made with a bouquet garni include:


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