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Sage and Asparagus?

ChefElias Apr 18, 2005 03:38 PM

An asparagus recipe calls for basil but all I have is sage. Anyone have an idea if these two flavors work together?


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    Carb Lover RE: ChefElias Apr 18, 2005 04:56 PM

    Kinda depends on the recipe, but sage is one of those herbs that I only use sparingly and selectively. It's mentholy, woodsy flavor is very different from basil, and I don't think I'd personally care for asparagus w/ sage. I prefer asparagus w/ dill or tarragon.

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      nja RE: ChefElias Apr 18, 2005 05:49 PM

      Doesn't strike me as a match made in heaven, but who knows? It'll definitely taste very different than basil. One trick with sage is to fry it until it's crispy, that softens the flavor a bit (in fact it's delicious to eat straight when fried).

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        wasabi RE: ChefElias Apr 18, 2005 06:22 PM

        fresh or dried? dried, i wouldn't go with it. but fresh could work. i agree with carb lover, use it sparingly. in fact, the prior post about crisping it up sounds perfect--fry whole leaves and crumble over cooked asparagus. parmigiano wouldn't hurt either.

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          MV RE: ChefElias Apr 19, 2005 02:41 PM

          Sage works well with pancetta and bacon, whcih both work well with asparagus, so it possibly could work. give it a shot

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