fines herbes

Pronunciation: [FEEN erb; FEENZ ehrb]

A mixture of very finely chopped herbs. The classic quartet is chervil, chives, parsley and tarragon, though burnet, marjoram, savory or watercress are often used as part of the blend. Because they quickly lose their flavor, fines herbes should be added to a cooked mixture shortly before serving. Unlike bouquet garni, they're not removed from the dish before serving.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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