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Bouquet Garni

Marla Hingley


  • 3 leek leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 celery leaves optional
  • 1 peeled garlic clove optional
  • Kitchen string


  • Wash 3 whole leek leaves and arrange them in a star pattern. Lay the herbs (and garlic if desired) in a neat stack, one on top of the other, in the center of the star.
  • Fold in the ends of the leek leaves in the center, until entire bundle of herbs is enclosed. Tie tightly with kitchen string, firmly securing with a knot. If leek leaves are too strong a flavor for the dish you are adding the bouquet to, encase the herbs in a piece of cheesecloth instead (then tie with the string). If you are not adding garlic cloves to the bouquet, just tie all the stems together.
  • Place bouquet in; soups, stews, casseroles, sauces, braising liquids, or stocks for added flavour, discarding before serving.
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