mire·​poix mir-ˈpwä How to pronounce mirepoix (audio)
plural mirepoix
: a sautéed mixture of diced vegetables (such as carrots, celery, and onions), herbs, and sometimes ham or bacon used especially as a basis for soups, stews, and sauces

Examples of mirepoix in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly every culinary tradition has a version of sautéed aromatics (French mirepoix, Spanish sofrito, Italian battuto, Puerto Rican recaito, to name a few) that acts as a springboard for soups, stews, sauces, and more. Rebecca Firkser, Bon Appétit, 27 Oct. 2022 White onions are commonly utilized in the aromatic flavor bases of a wide variety of cuisines, from Italian sofrito to French mirepoix to the Cajun holy trinity. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Sep. 2022 Most times, Canora likes to keep things simple by pairing his bones with a basic mirepoix—a mix of carrots, celery, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, and sometimes tomato. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 26 Feb. 2022 Figure roughly 1 pound mirepoix for every 5 pounds of bones. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep. 2020 The classic components of the mirepoix — carrot, onion and celery — are rich in flavor molecules waiting to be unleashed. Nik Sharma, Washington Post, 8 May 2020 Add the mirepoix to the remaining fat and cook until onion is translucent. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 21 Apr. 2020 It will be added to a veggie stock with the mung beans, mirepoix and more miso, and then topped with fried oyster mushrooms. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 6 Mar. 2020 Add to large rondeau with water, add salt, mirepoix, wine and bring to simmer for 20 min. CBS News, 3 Aug. 2019

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Word History


French, probably from Charles de Lévis, duc de Mirepoix †1757 French general, or one of his successors

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mirepoix was in 1877

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“Mirepoix.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mirepoix. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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