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Sage recipes

Harvest your garden sage for use in these delicious recipes

Deep-fried sage

Makes 6 servings

These crispy little morsels are known as salvia fritta in Italy, where they are often served at the end of a meal to aid digestion. However, I think they make a wonderful, interesting appetizer, especially when served with a glass of Prosecco—Italy’s answer to champagne. This is a centuries-old recipe in which the fresh sage leaves are treated to a light batter before being fried until golden and crisp. For an even tastier option, sandwich two leaves together with a bit of mozzarella or a smear of anchovy paste before frying.

½     cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
½     tsp. (2 mL) salt
1     tbsp. (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
¼     cup (60 mL) cold water
2     egg whites, beaten until stiff (if they are at room temperature, they will stiffen quickly)
Vegetable or olive oil for frying
36     fresh sage leaves, rinsed, dried

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, salt, olive oil and water until smooth.
Whisk in one-third of egg whites; fold in the rest.

In a large skillet, heat 1 inch (2.5 cm) of oil over medium-high heat to 350°F (180°C). Dip sage into batter in batches, then fry, turning once, until golden and crisp, about 2 minutes.

Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Serve immediately.

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