Fried Sage with Anchovies

TOTAL TIME: 35 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 5 min
 
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Flour, for dredging
  • Salt
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Directions

Heat the olive oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed frying pan.

Place an anchovy between 2 sage leaves, like a sandwich. Repeat until all the anchovies and sage leaves are used up. Then dip the sage sandwiches into egg and then dredge in flour. Shake off any excess flour. Gently place the sage leaves into the hot oil and let fry until golden and crispy. Transfer to a plate with an absorbent paper towel. Sprinkle with salt to taste while the sage leaves are hot. Serve immediately.

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  • on July 17, 2014

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    No need to fear anchovies! This is a very unique, very tasty little snack or hors d'oeuvre, and simple to make. No fishiness at all. Just get everything ready ahead of time, like picking the pairs of sage leaves, matching them to size, and assembling the "sandwiches". Use a paper towel to absorb excess oil from the anchovies (if using the oil-packed variety) before assembling. Also, use a ratio of about 1/3 of anchovy size to the sage leaf size so it won't taste too salty and overpower the sage - they are plenty salty so finishing salt isn't necessary. Fried sage tastes so divine.

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