Herbs add such depth of flavor to recipes. Like a favorite accessory, they have that magical touch when it comes to dressing up even the simplest of dishes. Though it’s an extra step, it is well worth the effort to sprinkle some chopped parsley, basil or cilantro in salads, soups or on cooked veggies.
That is of course, when you have them readily available. Sadly, I must admit, I often hesitate to buy them because even when they are in my fridge I forget about them until it’s too late!
Inspired by a good friend who’s an excellent cook and uses a lot of fresh herbs in her cooking, this summer I planted a few herbs and put them on my deck for easy access and spontaneous experimentation. Unfortunately, the basil died within a few weeks (burned out from too much sun), but the rosemary, mint, thyme and sage hung in there.
Since they are in their tail end, I decided to fry up some of the sage for dinner last night. Doing this makes the leaves super crispy and cuts the edge of sage’s strong flavor. I’ve done this before – stirring the fried crumbled sage in with mushrooms and navy beans, it’s amazingly delicious!
So, how do you make fried sage? It’s super simple! Just drizzle a tablespoon (or less) of oil in a small frying pan. Let the oil get hot, then add the whole sage leaves in a single layer.
Allow the sage to cook in the oil for a few minutes as you watch the leaves carefully to avoid burning them. What you want is for the leaves to get crispy and turn dark green, but not brown. I used avocado oil for something different, and I think it really complimented the sage flavor.
Once they are done, scoop them out of the pan and set on a plate until ready to use. Last night, my eighteen year old daughter Kelly came down for dinner, saw the fried sage leaves lying on a plate on the counter top, and with a quizzical brow, asked “what’s that?” When I told her, I thought she’d scrunch up her nose in disapproval, but instead she said, “can I try some?” To which of course, I answered, “yes!” Surprisingly she loved it and proceeded to hail down her dad and said “dad, you gotta try this herb its delicious…..!”
Enough said! Give it a try, and let me know what you think 🙂