When I lived in New York City, sage was a fancy luxury item that I purchased in little plastic boxes at the grocery store. Now sage grows in abundance with big bushy leaves in my front yard which makes this recipe feel like a freebie, and reminds me of the blessings of a Mediterranean climate.
But whether or not sage is a high-end product in your neck of the woods, this appetizer tastes fancy. I like to serve it as a preparty snack at dinner parties as it’s super easy to make with only a few ingredients and people tend to find it fun and surprising.
Fried sage leaves
- Large sage leaves with short stems still attached
- Oil – I often use olive oil as that is what I always have but you can also use any refined oil like vegetable or sunflower.
- Mix a couple of tablespoons of flour with water until a smooth batter forms.
- Heat a thin layer of oil in a pan. You can tell if it is hot enough by dropping a small amount of the batter in. It should sizzle.
- Holding onto the short stem, dunk the sage leaves in the batter and coat evenly. I like to use a pair of kitchen tweezers but you could also toss them around with a fork.
- Fry the battered sage leaves until golden and then place them on a paper towel.
- Sprinkle with salt and serve.