One of my go-to appetizers come the weekend are these delicious and easy to make sage chips. They combine my love of fresh herbs with all the tastiness of a kale chip but are dainty enough to nibble on as you enjoy an evening cocktail. I even hesitate to use the word "fried" in my blog title because these chips aren't greasy or heavy, just light and crisp.
There is nothing like the woodsy taste of the sage paired with the pop of sea salt on the tongue to prepare your palate for your evening meal. It's the taste of this dish and taking the time to enjoy a pre-dinner drink that matters, rather than filling up on a heartier snack--it's like the Italian version of an appetizer in that way, making you slow down and enjoy the simple pleasure of a luxurious dinner. Like my roasted garlic scapes, these sage chips only require good olive oil and sea salt to make them tasty--you can always add a pop of brightness to them with my 3 Citrus Himalayan Salt.
1 bunch organic sage leaves
In a saucepan, heat olive oil on medium heat. Use only enough olive oil to thinly coat the bottom of the pan, about 2-3 tablespoons. Once oil is hot, place sage leaves in pan and let fry until they begin to get crispy and golden, but not burned (about one minute). Make sure not to pile too many leaves into the oil at once, otherwise they will get mushy. You may have to fry them in batches. Promptly remove from heat and set on paper towel to drain. While the leaves are still hot, sprinkle them with sea salt. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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