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7 Tasty Ways To Use Bay Leaves

It's easy to overlook bay leaves when they are stored in the back of your spice cabinet. But this hearty herb shouldn't be forgotten and underused. Bay leaves release their flavor slowly and add complexity and aroma to stews, roasts, sauces and even dessert. You may not be able to distinguish their unique flavor in the final dish but without bay leaves the taste would fall short. Here are seven great ways to use bay leaves:

COOK UP A VEGETARIAN STEW

Lentils, pumpkin, onions and carrots come together in this hearty meat-free stew flavored with scallions, cayenne pepper and bay leaves.

MAKE MEATBALLS

Bay leaves are the essential ingredient in the delightful lemon sauce served with these irresistible meatballs made with ground beef and veal sausage.

ROAST A GOOSE BREAST

A single bay leaf is enough to add depth of flavor to this elegant main course perfect for entertaining.

MASTER COQ AU VIN

The secret to the perfect coq au vin? Marinating the chicken overnight in a blend of wine, onions, garlic, pepper, thyme and bay leaves.

PREPARE A KILLER TORTILLA SOUP

Be sure to have some bay leaves around to perk up the broth of this authentic tortilla soup from Eva Longoria.

COOK UP AN INDIAN CURRY

This fiery Indian curry combines pork, coconut milk and peanuts spices and bay leaves. Get the recipe now. 

PUT IT IN PANNA COTTA

Did you know bay leaves are a great addition to dessert? Sounds incredible but true. Try this modern take on classic panna cotta.

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