Wednesday, June 19, 2013

No Recipe Recipe: Sage Butter

No Recipe Recipes are those easy throw it together recipes that don't require much in terms of measuring - they are simple toss together meals, sauces, and treats that are sure to please (and the results often seem like they took more work than they really did). Sage Butter is a simple No-Recipe-Recipe.

Sage Butter brings new layers of flavour to ordinary pasta and can make one of those "just got in the door and want something NOW" weeknights something special.

For this recipe all you need is a stick of butter, unsalted works best, and a handful of sage. The method is simple, just melt the butter slowly over low heat with the sage.

The goal here is not to fry the sage, or even saute it for that matter, but simply to let the flavourful oils of the sage permeate the butter as it swims around in this golden pool.

Drizzle the liquid sage butter over pasta - its incredible over totellini and ravioli. Any remainder can be stored in the fridge for later use. Sage butter is also a great base for your seasonings for roast chicken and turkey - rub some sage butter with your other seasonings under the skin of the bird before roasting for great flavour!

The sage I use is Golden Sage that I grow in the garden. Given its attractive appearance golden sage remains in the herb garden but some is also making appearances in other areas of the garden for colour and interest.