Sage comes fresh or dried, and the two are very different. Some claim that sage is good for flatulence (presumably preventing rather than encouraging)
Wrap a fresh sage leaf in a twist of streaky bacon and briefly fry, for a delicious Christmas canapé.
Enhance ‘pigs in blankets’ by wrapping a sage leaf around the sausage, before the streaky bacon.
Make a gourmet butter by mixing with sage leaf and lemon.
Saltimbocca is easier than it sounds: dip chicken or turkey escalopes in flour, wrap in prosciutto and quickly fry in a pan of butter scented with two or three sage leaves. Deglaze the pan with sherry or Marsala for a sauce.
Sage & onion stuffing just requires breadcrumbs, seasoning and enough butter to hold it all together.
Sage is good for flavouring pasta or risotto.