Fried sage leaves

Salvia fritta in pastella. From Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Around Italy the styles of eating vary quite considerably for a large meal. The basic form doesn’t change, how could it? :-) The unalterable form is Apperitvi, Antipasti, Primi, Secondi, Dolce, Caffe. What does change from region to region is the emphasis placed on each course. For example in Bergamo the bars compete to have the best apperitivi and you may be presented with a large selection. Here in Bari the antipasto is king. If you order the house antipasto you may be presented with up to twenty small dishes. Luckily you are not always expected to continue to primi, secondi etc. Bring your appetite with you if you go to a wedding though.

Fried sage leaves finished dish

Fried sage leaves finished dish

Sage plant

Sage plant

This recipe is from the north however. My sage plant is getting very big and I wanted a way to use it.

Fried sage leaves batter ingredients

Fried sage leaves batter ingredients

  • 20 g of large fresh sage leaves
  • 125 ml beer. A lager would be best.
  • 100 g oo flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • The white of 1 egg
  • Oil for frying
Washed sage leaves

Washed sage leaves

Wash the sage leaves well and dry them on kitchen paper.
Fried sage leaves batter

Fried sage leaves batter

Put the flour in a bowl and add the chilled beer. Add the oil and a large pinch of salt. Mix it together with a whisk until it is smooth. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

Fried sage leaves egg white

Fried sage leaves egg white

Beat the egg white until you have stiff peaks. Add a pinch of salt and carefully fold it into the batter.

Dip the sage leaves into the batter and fry then in hot oil turning once. When they are golden brown, remove from the oil and drain on kitchen paper. Serve immediately.


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7 thoughts on “Fried sage leaves

  1. Oh I know I’d love these. I already love the sage leaves fried crispy in butter, served with grilled calves liver. So I know these would be up my street!

  2. I’m just writing a bit on Sage Leaves for my healthyhedonism blog, and I’d love to connect to this (I’ve not done that before but I’m sure I’ll find some instructions in the wonderful wordpress system!)
    Is that good with you?

  3. Pingback: Sage Advice | Healthy Hedonism

  4. Madoon! This is amazing. I made it tonight with my abundance of sage from ‘il giardino’. 5*’s! They are very addictive and can barely tell that you are in fact eating SAGE leaves!

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