When you hear the word sage, does your mind fill with thoughts of Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing? It’s true that sage is best known for its use in your autumn favorites, but have you ever wondered how to add this delicious and aromatic herb into your regular cooking rotation?
Sage can be a really versatile herb to cook with, no matter what time of the year it is. There are so many delicious ways to add sage to food. Below you will find three simple sage recipes to get you started! So keep on reading to learn what to cook with sage!
Sage Brown Butter
Brown butter has a rich, almost nutty flavor, is simple and quick to make, and can be used for a variety of different dishes. Use sage brown butter as a pasta sauce, pour it over mushrooms, or use it as a sauce for chicken or fish.
To make sage brown butter, you will need:
- 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup of fresh sage leaves, chopped
- About 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cut your butter into cubes and place it in a saucepan over a medium-low heat. When your butter is completely melted, add your garlic and continue to stir for about one minute. Add your sage to the mixture now and continue to stir constantly. Once your butter begins to turn a very light amber colored brown, add your salt and pepper and remove it from the heat.
It’s a good idea to transfer your sage brown butter to a separate dish now to keep the heat of the pan from cooking it further. Scrape your pan to make sure that you get the golden browned milk solids from the sides and bottom, they are full of flavor!
Sage Stuffing for Pork
Sage and stuffing are synonymous with one another, but adding a savory sage stuffing to pork really switches up the flavor profile and makes it something exciting!
Sage stuffing should contain these basic ingredients:
- Bread cubes
- Olive oil
- Fresh sage leaves, chopped
- Onion, diced
- Garlic, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Add olive oil to a large skillet and over a medium heat start to add your onions and garlic. Sauté until they begin to soften and add in your bread crumbs and your salt and pepper. Continue to sauté the mixture for several minutes, until your bread begins to get lightly toasted. Mix in your fresh sage now and allow the heat of the pan to gently warm it and infuse your mixture with its earthy flavor.
Adding a hard cheese like Asiago or Parmigiano-Reggiano to this mixture will really kick up the flavor!
Top a simple pan fried pork chop with this mixture with a side of sautéed spinach and garlic for an elegant weeknight dinner.
Pan Fried Root Vegetables
This recipe is simple and relatively quick to whip up. Chop a variety of root vegetables into small cubes. Heat olive oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add in diced onion and garlic, add your chopped root vegetables and fry until they are crisp on the outside, tender on the inside.
With the heat turned off but while still in the pan, add your salt, pepper, and fresh chopped sage. Stir to combine and transfer to plates. This recipe makes a wonderful side dish to pair with roasted chicken.
Fresh Sage Is Versatile
Fresh sage can not only add a new twist to your old recipes, it can also be used to enhance your life. Once you’ve tried a few of these delicious recipes, why not try using sage to cleanse and clarify the energy in your home with a sage smudge kit?
Cook With Sage Today
We hope that you’ve enjoyed these recipes and that you’re feeling inspired to cook with sage!
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