9 Fresh and Herby Sage Recipes That Taste Like the Holidays

Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Find a prettier herb than sage, we dare you. But, in case you don't already know, those soft, gorgeous leaves aren't just meant for sitting pretty. They're bona fide heroes in the kitchen, especially when it comes to imparting fresh, earthy, herby flavor to autumn dishes. From Mimi's Cornbread Dressing to Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole, our recipes using sage step outside the box to bring unmatched flavor and utter decadence with every bite. Whether you've stocked up on store-bought sage or are growing your own, use these fresh sage recipes to inspire your menu, whether it's a holiday or your average Tuesday night.

01 of 09

Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole

Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole

If you're looking for comfort food, you've found it with our Chicken-Mushroom-Sage Casserole. Because it takes an hour of hands-on time, this is one dish that's best left for the weekend or an evening when you're up for spending a little extra time in the kitchen.

02 of 09

Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes

Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Turkey with Shallot-Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes

Here's one recipe that will fool everyone into thinking you spent all afternoon in the kitchen. Start the prep in your trusty slow cooker, letting the turkey breast develop its rich and satisfying flavor. The potatoes and sauce come together in the oven and on the stovetop (respectively) to bring about an entire fall-worthy meal in record time.

03 of 09

Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing

Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Pecan-Herb Cornbread Dressing

You will not be fraught with lack of fall flavor when it comes to this cornbread dressing recipe. Toasted pecans and fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage all get mixed into delicious cornbread crumbles. Thanks to a whopping six eggs added to the mix, it ends up with a slight souffle-like consistency that pairs wonderfully with that delicious Thanksgiving bird.

04 of 09

Southern Cornbread Dressing

Southern Cornbread Dressing
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Southern Cornbread Dressing

If you have a stockpile of fresh sage, this is the recipe you need. It calls for a half cup of those pretty little leaves—no additional herbs necessary.

05 of 09

Herbed Wild Rice Dressing

Cornbread Dressing with Kale and Bacon
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Herbed Wild Rice Dressing

Give the cornbread dressing the holiday off and try this fresh spin instead. We love what the addition of sweet apples, toasted walnuts, and—of course—earthy sage brings to the table.

06 of 09

Peppercorn-Crusted Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Vegetables

Peppercorn-Crusted Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Vegetables
Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Peppercorn-Crusted Standing Rib Roast with Roasted Vegetables

Whether you serve it for a holiday, Sunday dinner, or a run-of-the-mill Wednesday night (fancy, you), this Peppercorn-Crusted Rib Roast packs all the flavor. A combination of rosemary, sage, and thyme is the perfectly medley.

07 of 09

Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese

Roasted Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch Stelling; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Herbed Breadcrumb-Topped Macaroni and Cheese

If you've never dressed up your mac and cheese with an herby, breadcrumb topping, prepare to never look back.

08 of 09

Mimi's Cornbread Dressing

Mimi’s Cornbread Dressing
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett

Recipe: Mimi's Cornbread Dressing

Don't underestimate the importance of browning that cornbread to perfection prior to crumbling and transforming it into the most savory dressing you've ever tasted. We know it's tempting to go for the boxed or pre-made stuff, but this recipe is well worth the effort.

09 of 09

Smoked Turkey Rub

Smoked Turkey Herb Rub
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Smoked Turkey Rub

Use this rub for your Thanksgiving turkey, a roasted chicken, or even smoked wings.

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