bouquet garni


bou·​quet gar·​ni bō-ˈkā-gär-ˈnē How to pronounce bouquet garni (audio)
plural bouquets garnis bō-ˈkā(z)-gär-ˈnē How to pronounce bouquet garni (audio)
: an herb mixture that is either tied together or enclosed in a porous container and is cooked with a dish but removed before serving

Examples of bouquet garni in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There really isn’t much to it: beef, onion, carrots, a bundle of herbs (bouquet garni) and a splash of wine. David Tanis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2023 Yet the secret to his pork is the bouquet garni, this generous length of cheesecloth that Hsieh packs with more than 20 herbs and spices, including star anise, fennel seeds and cloves, which add a sweet licorice kiss to the savory meat. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2023 Add the bouquet garni, the basil, the wine (or cherry juice), and the beef broth, stir it all up, scraping again, then lay the browned meat on top of the vegetables and flavorings, assuring that the liquid reaches up the sides of the meat but not over it. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, 20 Apr. 2020 When cabbage is cooked, remove bouquet garni. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 23 Jan. 2018 Add the bouquet garni to the pot and simmer until the chicken is super tender and the broth is very flavorful, 30 to 45 minutes (adding the herb package too early can cause the flavors to cook away completely or become dull). Good Housekeeping, 14 Mar. 2023 Crystal Visions is a wild wine that sings with tart and lively red fruit, the fresh herbaceousness of a bouquet garni or a bundle of sage, and yes, plenty of good vibes. Krista Simmons, Sunset Magazine, 7 Nov. 2022 Grown as a tree or shrub in a pot or the ground, leaves of bay laurel impart flavor to many dishes and are an essential ingredient in French bouquet garni. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 May 2022 Then Graeme would make this chicken dish that involves putting a lot of legs and thighs, a huge amount of garlic, an onion, a bouquet garni, and some cloves into a big Le Creuset. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 19 Mar. 2022

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Word History


French, literally, garnished bouquet

First Known Use

circa 1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bouquet garni was circa 1833

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