OH! One of my students just contacted me, announcing that she has an overabundance of sage in her backyard herb garden. Well, I can relate â€” the sage in my garden is SOOOoooo happy this year. Cut it back? NO! Only if it gets leggy, and at the moment it is gorgeous. See!
So, what to do with all of this sage? You might want to consider making fried sage leaves — they are delightful as well as delicious.
Just heat about 1/2 inch of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry a few leaves at a time, just until they are crisp — about 1 minute or less. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with sea salt while they are HOT! Yummy snacks and great garnishes.
When the oil has cooled, you have a lovely sage infused olive oil, which can also be used to drizzle over food. Try it on a grilled pork chop, then top with the fried sage leaves. Simple, sagey, and sumptuous.
One note of caution — these fried sage leaves are addictive! I’m just saying. . . .