08 February 2018
Salvia officinalis is an aromatic plant in the Laminacee family, which comes in 900 varieties that grow across Europe and in many countries worldwide. Its appearance is that of a small evergreen shrub, with opposite, furrowed leaves covered in a light fuzz. Its leaves may be long and narrow or wide and full, and are silvery-green with an almost bluish sheen. Its name comes from the Latin "salvare", testifying to its use as a sacred, medicinal plant. The Romans regarded sage as a sacred plant, so much so that it was picked according to a particular ritual in which the few chosen ones were required to wear specific clothing and undergo various sacrifices to participate.
The Simonato company grows different varieties of organic sage plants depending on the season, using certified organic methods and, therefore, avoiding the use of GMO and all synthetic pesticides. It is important to believe in and support biodiversity by promoting an eco-system that protects the environment and the wellbeing of people and animals.
Sage is one of the most widespread aromatic plants, and one of the most commonly used in cooking to add flavour to various dishes. It's normally used fresh in dishes, but in some cases the leaves are dried. Its very distinctive scent, which is slightly bitter with almost sweet notes, enhances the flavour of a wide range of red meat, turkey, chicken and vegetable dishes. In Mediterranean cooking, it is most commonly combined with warm butter as a condiment for gnocchi. In some Italian regions, the large, full leaves are fried as an antipasto. Less common, but equally delicious, is the addition of fresh leaves to salads, or sweet potatoes, or to enhance the flavour of semifreddi and ice-creams.
Ingredients for organic sage roulades
- chicken breasts
- organic sage
- extra-virgin olive oil
Method follow our recipe with Alessandro: https://youtu.be/xLC43HY49Uw
Arrange the washed and dried sage leaves on the chicken, which should be sliced into approximately 2 cm thick pieces. Roll up the meat slices, and secure the roll using a toothpick. Place the roulades in a pre-heated pan, and leave to cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side. Once cooked, place the roulades on the serving plate, and garnish with a little oil and a few more sage leaves.
A very simple, tasty dish, which is light, healthy and natural. Buon appetito!