Fines herbes. What are they? Well, they’re some mighty fines herbes (see what we did there?).
Fines herbes (pronounced FEEN-erb) is a French blend of lighter, less pungent herbs than its cousins bouquet garni and herbes de provence. The blend is a mainstay of French cuisine. Experts generally agree the blend should contain parsley, chives, tarragon, and chervil, but some folks like to add marjoram, cress, cicely, lovage, thyme, dill, basil, or lemon balm to the mix too.
At AllSpice, we settled on chervil, parsley, chives, marjoram, and tarragon for our Fines Herbes Blend. The blend’s delicate flavor makes it perfect for adding a softer, herby flavor to lighter dishes without overwhelming them. If you’ve been watching Julia Child reruns, you probably already know fines herbes are a critical ingredient in many fancy French dishes. Here are a few of our more simple suggestions on how to best use them:
- Simply add to soups, omelets, and quiche for a bit of herby deliciousness
- Combine them with extra virgin olive oil to create a perfect dip for a freshly baked baguette
- Add a tablespoon or two to buttery, egg-y, or mayonnaise-based sauces and dressings.
We think this is a convenient herb blend to have on hand for adding a bit of extra flavor without sodium, sugar, or extra calories. Pick up a jar and give it a try!