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Onion, Celery, Carrot - Mirepoix

Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:39 am
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Mirepoix is the French word for a combination of onion, celery and carrot (the holy trinity). This vegetable mix is the base for countless recipes including soups, stews, sauces, stocks etc… It’s a perfect start for most recipes as the onion, celery and carrots lend their traditional flavors in a balanced way.

The onions, carrots and celery are usually finely diced and either roasted or sautéed in butter. Traditionally, the ratio for a mirepoix is 2:1:1 (2 onion, 1 celery and 1 carrot). Sometimes carrots is replaced by parsnips, but then it’s called white stock, or fond blanc. Occasionally cubes of ham or bacon is added to give a richer flavor.

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A mirepoix gives your dish a first layer of flavor, on which you can continues to build additional dimensions. The combination of onions, celery and carrots works in almost any dish and is a great base.



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Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:03 pm
Name: jeff | Comment: Add garlic and chicken broth or stock for crock pot meals of beef, chicken or pork.

Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:39 am
Name: Diane Stranz | Comment: My 'holy duo' is onion and minced garlic, with the third being either celery or carrot, or both. But you've GOTTA have garlic! Of course, I usually use only 1 onion, so maybe the garlic substitutes for the second onion of the traditional mirepoix ration (2:1:1).

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