Sage is a perennial aromatic herb native to the Mediterranean region. A member of the mint family, it is an essential herb in many European cuisines, notably Italian, Balkan and Middle Eastern.
It has a fragrant aroma and its delicate sweet, yet savory flavor is used to enhance poultry, seafood, vegetables.
Sage is an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of vitamin A, calcium, iron, magnesium.
Instructions: Place in a sunny location, water regularly. Do not refrigerate.
Harvest desired amount as needed.
- 16- to 18-ounce loaf rustic white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, about 10 cups
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus an additional 2 tablespoons melted
- 1 pound yellow onions, diced
- 4 large stalks celery, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves
- Leaves from 4 stalks thyme
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 cups turkey, chicken, or vegetable stock
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 225°F. Spread the bread cubes on a large baking sheet and bake for 90 minutes or until quite crisp, stirring every half hour.
Heat the butter in a heavy skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or the vegetables are very soft. Stir in the sage and thyme and cook for 2 more minutes, then turn off the heat.
Beat the eggs with the broth, salt, and a generous quantity of fresh black pepper. In a large bowl, fold together the toasted bread cubes with the cooked onions and celery, then stir in the egg-broth mixture.
Spread in a lightly greased 3-quart baking dish and drizzle with the additional 2 tablespoons melted butter.
At this point the dressing can be covered with foil and refrigerated overnight or up to 24 hours.
When ready to bake, heat the oven to 375°F. Bake covered for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 15 more minutes or until top is lightly browned. If you are baking the dressing directly from the refrigerator, expect to add 10 extra minutes baking time. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.