Whether you're a rookie or an expert with sauces, one staple you won't be able to go without is the bouquet garni, a small bunch of classic French herbs used to infuse many European sauces, stews, and soups — as well as important holiday roasts. I know that they can be bought ready-made, but in my opinion, the notion goes against common sense. Why would you buy them when they are cheaper, easier, and most importantly, more flavorful when you make them on your own? If you haven't made a bouquet garni before, it only takes a few minutes. Keep reading to learn how to create your own.
For Easter this year, I decided that rather than serving my usual glazed ham, I'd opt for another meat that's emblematic of the season: lamb. This Sunday, I'll be making navarin d'agneau printanier, a classic French stew of young lamb with springtime vegetables. With its colorful turned vegetables floating in light broth, and the use of lamb shoulder, fresh peas, and sprigs of chervil, this classic is like Spring comfort in a bowl. For a stunning and seasonal dish that's sure to impress guests, read more.
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My friend Jaime who loves the grill will be delighted by this classy oil brush and jar set; Katie, always more of a baker than a cook, can use this cookie press; and Steph, who lived in Europe and loves breakfast, will flip for this steel crepe pan.
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A small bunch of herbs that is tied together or placed in a cheesecloth bag. The bundle is used to season and flavor soups, stews, broths, etc. It is removed before the dish is finished/served. There are hundreds of variations, but the most classic bunch consists of parsley, thyme, and bay leaf. The garni may consist of fresh or dried herbs.