Hierbas de Olor

William Abranowicz

Just as that wrapped bundle of aromatic herbs called the bouquet garni is a staple of French cooking, so hierbas de olor is essential for flavoring Mexican sauces. Simply wrap black peppercorns, whole allspice berries, Mexican oregano, and canela into a cheesecloth packet, and use whenever you want to impart a deep yet subtle sweetness to your dish.