By Mimi Thorisson - From Old World Italian

May 2021

Makes 20-30 Fritters Depending on Size


  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt plus more for finishing
  • ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup ice-cold blond lager beer
  • Light vegetable oil, for deep frying (about 1 ½ liters)
  • 20-30 sage leaves depending on size



  • Sift the flour into a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, and nutmeg. Whisk in the beer until everything is combined and the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Pour 1 inch oil into a large, high sided pan. Heat the oil to about 375 F. You can test if the oil is hot enough by adding a small drop of batter: if it sizzles and turns golden and crisp, the oil is ready.
  • Working in batches and adding one at a time, dip the sage leaves into the batter, then fry, flipping frequently for even cooking, until crispy and golden, about 3 minutes.
  • Place the sage fritters onto a large plate covered with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Transfer to a serving plate, season with salt and serve immediately