Idea for a boat load of sage

I had a ton of sage from my garden that I barely used over the summer. Now I have about 100 sage leaves and no idea what to do with them. I'm going to try and freeze them unless someone has suggestions besides using them o make a compound butter...is sage pesto a thing?

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Kristen W. September 28, 2015
Reporting back that I got a bunch of sage in the CSA this week so I made sage pesto - and yes, it's absolutely lovely!
 
creamtea September 20, 2015
There was a contest for Your Best Walnuts and Sage: winner, runner up and all the entries are
here: https://food52.com/contests/267_your_best_walnuts_sage, and the Community Picks are here: https://food52.com/blog/2872-community-picks-walnuts-sage
 
Nancy September 20, 2015
see also the current thread about using up leftover pumpkin - maybe useful to you for the sage...
 
scruz September 20, 2015
not sure how this would be but i have an old oregano plant that i will often throw some twigs and flowers when it bolts onto barbecue coals. it sends out lots of smoke into the weber.
 
Nancy September 19, 2015
Yes to ideas so far like freezing (works a treat) and the deep frying for a snack with drinks or as edible garnish. Also suggest in combination with hazelnuts (filbert) and Gruyère or emmenthal cheeses.
For even more (16 more) ideas see this post in 2014 from Lindsay-Jean Hard
https://food52.com/blog/11666-fresh-sage-and-16-ways-to-use-it-that-don-t-involve-poultry-or-stuffing
 
Patricia September 19, 2015
If you plan to roast potatoes, or any vegetable, just strew a dozen sage leaves on top when you put them in the oven. It's lovely!
 
amysarah September 19, 2015
Frying sage leaves very simply until crispy is a good way to some up: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/7512-fried-sage-leaves They can be a garnish, e.g., for pasta or soup, but they're also great as they are with drinks, almost like potato chips - easy for a group to go through quite a few.
 
Maedl September 19, 2015
Sage pesto is delicious. Or make a thin batter, like a tempura batter, dip the leaves in, and immediately deep fry. You can always dry the leaves, too.
 
Kristen W. September 19, 2015
Oh, good to know! So the sage is raw?
 
HalfPint September 19, 2015
Yes, you can make a sage pesto, same recipe as a basil pesto. It's not as intense as it might seem.
 
Exbruxelles September 25, 2015
The Zuni cookbook has you warm the sage leaves in olive oil with garlic before pounding into a paste with cheese and nuts. (I use walnuts for sage pesto.) It's excellent--particularly on farro-- but a little goes a long way.
 
Kristen W. September 19, 2015
Although as I think about it, I'm not sure I ever use sage raw...maybe blanch it first if you do that?
 
Maedl September 19, 2015
No, don't blanch it. For pesto, use it raw.
 
Kristen W. September 19, 2015
To answer your last question, sage pesto sounds a little intense to me, but I could see maybe putting a little in a "mixed herb" pesto. Might be nice in a dish with butternut squash.
 
HalfPint September 19, 2015
@kristen, I've had sage pesto with fresh pasta on a trip in Italy. It was delicious and surprisingly not as intense as you would think.
 
Susan W. September 18, 2015
I adore this chicken. It calls for quite a bit of sage. It's not the prettiest pony in the paddock, but it is delicious.
https://food52.com/recipes/32983-jamie-oliver-s-chicken-in-milk
 
CanadaDan September 20, 2015
so weird...i was looking at this recipe a few days ago...i keep hearing great things. going to try this
 
Susan W. September 20, 2015
So good. If you want more sauce, cover the pan. If you want a more intense sauce, don't cover it. I think I cover with it ajar and uncover it towards the end. I ran out of cinnamon sticks and tried ground cinnamon. Don't do it. Totally changed it.
 
boulangere September 18, 2015
Been there, done that. Cut bunches and tie them with string at the cut ends. Hang them upside down in a dark, cool place. Like your laundry room. The space will be incredibly aromatic, the sage will dry, and you can use it all winter. Especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 
CanadaDan September 20, 2015
will try this thanks!
 
Picholine September 18, 2015
Saltimbocca with veal or chicken. Need at least a fresh sage leaf for each one. Sage drys well for use later this year for soups, stews and dressings.
 
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