Around the holidays, kitchens are perfumed by sage’s woodsy, minty, and peppery flavor profile. The hearty herb is essential for many Thanksgiving staples, but there are many more delicious ways to cook with the herb outside the holidays too. Here you’ll find five of our favorite ways to cook with sage. If you have a favorite recipe for sage, let us know in the comments below.
Sage’s aroma is tied closely with the holidays, so it is only natural that we start with inspiration surrounding stuffing. Few moments can compete with the romance of sautéing onion, garlic, and sage in a whole stick of butter before tossing everything in breadcrumbs. Our Poultry Stuffing Seasoning relies heavily on sage for its quintessential holiday flavor, and the recipe below is a perfect celebration of those savory, herbal flavors.
Holiday Herb Stuffing
Squash and Pumpkins
We simply must lean into the autumnal inspiration when it comes to sage, and squash is an ingredient high on our list. Toss diced or sliced squash in a dusting of sage and glug of oil for a perfect oven roasted side dish. You can experiment with the recipe below by including a half a teaspoon of rubbed sage. It adds the perfect hint of herbs to pair with the sweet-savory Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning.
Sweet and Savory Roasted Squash
Aromatic, bitter herbs are essential for cutting through the richness of a gravy. Sage is the perfect flavor for seasoning poultry gravies, such as chicken or turkey. The recipe below is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but delicious enough to serve at the holiday table. You can improve any gravy by adding one teaspoon of rubbed sage for every two cups of gravy.
Sage and Cider Gravy
Sage and browned butter might just be pasta’s best friend. Whether you're rolling your own pasta dough for homemade ravioli, or simply sprucing up some store bought tortellini, sage is a wise choice for seasoning. A simple weeknight dinner could be some onions, garlic, and mushrooms sautéed in butter with sage. Toss in cooked ravioli or tortellini, and everyone will think you are a genius.
For a scratch-made approach, we love using sage in this pumpkin gnocchi recipe. It reinvents the fall flavors of pumpkin, nutmeg, and sage by introducing savory parmesan and pancetta.
Pumpkin Gnocchi with Sage & Grated Nutmeg
Next to stuffing, sage is most famous for seasoning breakfast sausage patties. Making them from scratch is so easy that you might never buy store-bought again. Start with one heaping teaspoon of rubbed sage per pound of ground pork. From there, you can add a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of black pepper, and a pinch of red pepper flakes if you’re feeling feisty. Form it into patties and fry it in a pan. Consider the recipe below for further inspiration, simply add a dash of sage for more herbal accent.