Mysterious Mirepoix

When Chefs use this term it sounds like an exotic ingredient or complicated culinary feat.  It actuality, is a very basic combination of vegetables, diced & mixed together before sauteing. Some mirepoix combinations include leafy greens, as found in soup, and others contains meat, au gras, if you need the term.

Onion, Carrots, Garlic, Thyme & Rosemary

Onion, Carrots, Garlic, Thyme & Rosemary

Mirepoix is a French word/name, possibly stemming from the title of an 18th century French Diplomat named Charles Pierre Gaston Francois de Levis, Duke of Levis-Mirepoix.  Mirepoix is a small town located in southern France.

Every cooking nationality has it’s mirepoix.  A favorite blend of diced vegetables.

Italians call it soffritto; Portugese cooking: refogado; Poland: wloszczyzna and in Creole cooking: the holy trinity. Almost every nation has its typical combination & term.

My personal favorite combination is: onion, garlic, carrot, celery, rosemary & thyme.

It is an easy cooking base for any sauce, gravy, soup or stew.  Next time you see the term, know its just veggies diced & sautéed!



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