A gentle grinding and then a quick run through a coarse sieve gives rubbed sage its fluffy, scruffy, almost cotton-like appearance, which is unique among ground herbs.
Rubbed sage has a silvery gray-green color and is aromatic, with a woody, pine-edged scent and sometimes a medicinal note.
Top-Rated Rubbed Sage Recipes:
Sage is a big player in Mediterranean cooking. It’s a great match with sausages, poultry, pork, beef, lamb, and fish dishes. In the United States, rubbed sage is particularly popular during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, when it is featured prominently in turkey and stuffing recipes.
Perfect Flavor Partners
Rubbed sage pairs well with balsamic vinegar, basil, bay leaves, black pepper, cream, cheese, garlic, lavender, lemons, mushrooms, onions, oregano, rosemary, and thyme. Sage is also a good pairing partner with red wine.