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How To Add Sage To Fall Recipes

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How To Add Sage To Fall Recipes
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Cooking with sage has got to be one of the highlights of fall. One of the secrets to using sage is in knowing that a little goes a long way. Sage is best when cooked with a little bit of fat - whether it be brown butter or olive oil - which allows it to release its essential oils and become more aromatic. So keep that in mind when cooking with this fragrant herb. Here are some delicious ways of incorporating sage into your fall recipes:

1. Put it in Mashed Potatoes

Here's an easy way to kick up regular mashed potatoes: add some fried sage. This stellar recipe pairs mashed potato with pumpkin and sage for the ultimate Thanksgiving side.

2. Pair it with Pasta

Sage adds incredible flavor to vegetarian pastas  such as this pumpkin lasagna made with hazelnuts and goat cheese. It also adds killer flavor to butternut squash ravioli.

3. Mix it into Meatloaf

Tired of ordinary meatloaf? Kick things up a notch with sage. Try this recipe for meatloaf baked with an herb sauce. This technique would also work well with meatballs.

4. Use it to Season Poultry

Sage is the perfect way to turn a regular roasted chicken into a delectable main course. The same holds true for turkey, especially if you stuff it with a sage-infused stuffing. Try rubbing dried sage on your bird along with salt and pepper before putting it in the oven.

5. Add It To Dessert

Sage in sweets? It's totally possible thanks to give unique recipe from the folks at Modernist Cuisine. This Garnet yam fondant with sage foam makes a grand finale to a dinner party.

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