Crisp-fried herbs are an unexpected (and delicious!) garnish for the likes of pastas, salads, soups and more.
Fresh herbs of your choice, such as basil, mint and sage leaves, plus parsley, thyme and rosemary sprigs
Neutral frying oil, such as canola or vegetable
1. Wash and dry all herbs thoroughly. The herbs need to be very dry to prevent splattering when fried.
2. Pour oil about ¼ -inch deep in a small pot and bring to 325°. (To test the heat, drop a small piece of bread into the oil and it should turn golden brown in about 30 seconds).
3. Working in batches, drop a few herbs at a time into the hot oil. Cook for 30 seconds. Flip over using tongs and continue cooking for 30 seconds to 1 min, or until the herb appears slightly darkened in colour and evenly fried. Gently remove from oil with tongs and place on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to cool before serving.
These little nuggets of goodness are wonderful scattered over braised greens or this week’s polenta.
½ pound Skagit River Ranch pork belly ends
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Line a heavy baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out pork belly ends, spacing out evenly on the sheet.
3. Bake pork belly until crisp and golden, about 15-20 minutes. (Check frequently to avoid burning.) Remove from oven, allow to cool, then finely-dice with a sharp knife.
Variations: Feel free to test out your own seasonings sprinkled over the raw pork belly, then bake. Our favorites include brown sugar or cayenne pepper.