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Definition: Mirepoix

The French term used to describe a mixture of diced carrots, onions, and celery. Herbs, ham, or bacon can be added to the mix, which is then sautéed in butter. Usually this mixture is a season base for a sauce, soup, or stew. It's also used as a bed to braise meat and fish.

Pronounced meer-pwah.


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silly_pickle silly_pickle 9 years
juliegal, I'm pretty sure it is meer-pwah; I learned this in commercial cooking, and I'm also from a French speaking country, so my French isn't too shabby.
juliegal juliegal 9 years
really dc star? i always thought it was pronounced...meer-pwah?
smellen smellen 9 years
I always wondered what the heck this was when I would hear the cheftestants refer to it on Top Chef; then I discovered it at TJs, and the mystery was gone. Just good ol' fashioned onion/celery/carrot....sounded so much more, I don't know, fancy-pants.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
I read this earlier today on TheKitchn. And it's actually pronounced "Meer-ah-PWAH"
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Interesting. :) Ya learn something new every day!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
You can actually buy Mirepoix at Trader Joes! I buy it all the time because it saves me time when I'm making soups.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
Love the pronunciation help. :) Thats exactly how you say it!
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