mire·​poix | \ mir-ˈpwä How to pronounce mirepoix (audio) \
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Definition of 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

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Well, Canora recommends sticking with a basic mirepoix, which is a combination of carrots, onions, and celery. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Bone Broth at Home, According to a Chef," 18 July 2018 One of three members, along with carrots and onions, in classic mirepoix, sautéed celery rounds out the flavor of soups, stews and sauces. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ever so humble, celery is good for much more than weight loss," 7 May 2018 Chicken soup is simply a protein-rich meat stock, infused with a mirepoix of vegetables such as carrots, onion and leek. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Hearty Chicken Soup That’s Good for Your Soul and Immune System," 1 Feb. 2018 Slow-cooked pieces of chicken thigh confit get mingled with mushrooms, fingerling potatoes, tarragon and mirepoix (carrot, onion and celery), then baked in a small crock with chive-flecked biscuits on top. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Brick 29 Bistro in Nampa shines in its new lofty digs," 25 Jan. 2018 Celery is either hidden (in sauces or as mirepoix) or left uneaten on crudité plates (no matter how good the ranch or blue cheese dressing with which to slather it). Matt Giles, Longreads, "When Celery Was King," 1 Sep. 2017 They are roasted, then braised with a simple mirepoix. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "At JuneBaby, star chef Edouardo Jordan returns to his Southern roots," 22 June 2017 The dirty rice, here fortified with chicken liver mousse, Big's trinity -- their mirepoix of bell pepper, onion and celery -- and dry spice, is almost risotto-like with a touch of spice. Samantha Bakall, OregonLive.com, "Big's Chicken smokes up the sandwich of the summer: Scouting Report," 25 May 2017 The remains of the mirepoix it is cooked with are puréed and added to the drippings to make debris gravy, which — alone — might be worth pawning your soul for. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Cajun, Far From Home, at the Gumbo Bros," 2 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of mirepoix

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mirepoix

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

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