A mixture of diced carrots, onions, celery, and herbs sauteed in butter. Sometimes ham or bacon is included. Mirepoix is used to season sauces, soups, and stews as well as for a bed on which to braise foods (meats or fish). A white mirepoix for light-colored dishes substitutes the white part of leeks for the carrots. An Italian version, soffritto, usually consists of onions, carrots, and celery sauteed in olive oil in place of butter.
Season: available year-round