Here’s a cooking tip. While reading old recipes, you may come across the terms aux fines herbes or bouquet garni. Don’t be confused. They are simply a mixture of herbs. The bouquet garni is tied with a bit of string for easy removal from recipes. Aux Fines Herbes is usually chopped and added to recipes.
Aux Fines Herbes, a Blend
Hi. It’s Lois in the kitchen with a tip. Have you ever wondered what aux fines herbs is? It is a blend of aromatic herbs chopped and mixed in various proportions. Use parsley, chervil, tarragon, and chives as suits your palate. Add fennel, basil, rosemary, thyme, or bay leaf to create uniquely flavored dishes.
The definitions came from Larousse Gastronomique (affiliate link), which is the best culinary encyclopedia on the market! Aux Fines Herbes are used to flavor sauces, meats, omelets, sautéed vegetables, etc. How does that differ from Bouquet de Garni?
Bouquet de Garni
The Bouquet de Garni is comprised of various herbs—usually oregano, thyme, basil, and chives or lavender, rosemary, parsley and thyme—tied with a bit of string for easy removal before serving your food. Bouquet de Garni is similar to Aux Fines Herbes or Herbes de Provence, both of which are chopped and added to the dish as you cook. You can use any blend of herbs you prefer.
I generally simply buy a bottle of Herbes de Provence. It’s an amazing blend of herbs that is perfect on potatoes or other vegetables. I strongly urge you to get some and give it a try.
WHAT YOU NEED
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Surprisingly, herbs do not add any calories, salt or fat to your foods. All they add is FLAVOR. Stay healthy by reducing your salt intake and adding more herbs. The herbs can be dried or used fresh. Experiment. You’ll be happy you did.
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This post was first published on Recipe Idea Shop November 11, 2010 and updated June 1, 2021.