There can't be many herb blends easier to make than a bouquet garni seasoning! A simple blend of herbs and cracked peppercorns that only takes minutes to make and will enhance numerous recipes from soups to stocks to stews to all the classic French dishes. (See the bottom of the page for links to more of my recipes)
Note: You can of course use fresh for this traditional French seasoning. But as dried herbs are available all year round and I always have them to hand, I tend to use them.
What You'll Need: (makes about 7 tablespoons)
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried tarragon
1 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tsp black peppercorns
6-8 dried bay leaves
tbsp = tablespoon
tsp = teaspoon
How I use it...
My preferred way is to get a square of cheesecloth (10cm square) and place a tablespoon of the bouquet garni in the centre.
Then bring the corners together, tie with a piece of cotton and add to my recipe.
Note: I use a heaped tablespoon in each square for a 2-person serving. Obviously double or treble (or reduce) depending on how many you are cooking for.
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