What Is Chervil?

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Chervil (pronounced SHER-vil) is a delicate culinary herb used frequently in French cuisine. A member of the parsley family, chervil has a mild flavor with hints of licorice or anise.

Chervil leaves are delicate and curly, somewhat resembling carrot greens. Because of its delicate flavor, chervil is usually included in recipes, such as salads and soups, where it will not be overpowered by the other flavors.

Chervil is a good addition to omelets.

Chervil is commonly used in making a classical Béarnaise sauce.

If you don't have chervil and a recipe calls for it, a fine substitute would be fresh parsley or tarragon or a combination of the two.

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