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Old 10-19-2013, 10:33 PM   #1
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Question about use of Sage in Italian food

I was recently watching an Italian cooking show and in just about every (tomato based) recipe he made, he included sage, even tomato sauces.

Ive been cooking 20 + years and have never used sage in Italian tomato based recipes.

so i was wondering if it is just this guys personal preference, or is it more common than I thought, i just never came across it ??

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Old 10-20-2013, 12:51 AM   #2
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It would make a lot more sense if it was basil in place of sage. I think it was a personal preference.
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Old 10-20-2013, 01:58 AM   #3
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What program was it? We usually use no sage in tomato sauce: we use basil, or oregano. I found some exception for the gnocchi sauce, but it's not really common. At least, I never found someone who use sage in this way.
Sage is really good sauté in butter, to season casoncelli or other filled pasta. It is good also alone, fried.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:45 AM   #4
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Ill have to check the show, i dont specifically remember who it was. I was just surprised, cause i never put the two ( sage / Italian) together in my mind, let alone my plate. I have a friend ( Italian) who recently started gardening. He was telling me what he was cooking, and mentioned he added sage to his recipes. Honestly, knowing he is a beginner gardener and cook, i figured he was just mixing up sage and basil, so I let it slide. But now Im curious.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:01 AM   #5
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Ill have to check the show, i dont specifically remember who it was. I was just surprised, cause i never put the two ( sage / Italian) together in my mind, let alone my plate. I have a friend ( Italian) who recently started gardening. He was telling me what he was cooking, and mentioned he added sage to his recipes. Honestly, knowing he is a beginner gardener and cook, i figured he was just mixing up sage and basil, so I let it slide. But now Im curious.
the italians use it a lot.it grows wild in the countryside particularly in the north.in tuscany it's used in veal & chicken dishes.they also use it to flavour dry vermouth....i'll drink to that!
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Old 10-20-2013, 09:42 AM   #6
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That's different. You see sage quite a bit in northern Italian recipes, for example in butter sauces or veal saltimbocca. Haven't seen it used with tomato, though.
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That's different. You see sage quite a bit in northern Italian recipes, for example in butter sauces or veal saltimbocca. Haven't seen it used with tomato, though.
i know steve.it's clary-sage but it's still a member of the same genus-salvia
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:39 AM   #8
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Thats what threw me off, was with the tomatoes.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:54 AM   #9
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Thats what threw me off, was with the tomatoes.
me too larry,as steve & i said it is used to flavour meat & poultry dishes,particularly in northern italy.i had it in a restaurant in tuscany where it was used in a scallop & pasta dish but i've never seen it or eaten it paired with tomatoes.probably,like you,i can't "picture" the two flavours working.but then i wouldn't have thought it worked with seafood either.there's only one way to find out!
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When you bye Italian Seasoning, it's in there.
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