In this recipe from reader Robert Estep of East Haddam, Connecticut, sage-infused olive oil complements the beans and sausage, and the fried leaves make the crunchy breadcrumb topping even crunchier.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, pulse bread until very coarse crumbs form (you should have about 3 cups). Add 2 tablespoons oil; pulse briefly to moisten. Season with salt and pepper; set breadcrumbs aside.

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  • In a medium saucepan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Add sage; cook until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sage to a paper-towel-lined plate; set aside (reserve pan with oil).

  • Add onion and garlic to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add sausage and wine; cook, breaking sausage up with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in beans; cook until beans are tender and creamy, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Transfer sausage-and-bean mixture to a shallow 4-quart baking dish; scatter breadcrumbs over top. Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake until topping is golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving. Serve casserole topped with fried sage leaves.

Reviews (7)

61 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: Unrated
02/07/2013
Easy. Delicious. Definitely a keeper.
Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2012
I really liked this recipe. Except I changed it a little: I threw in a carton of frozen creamed spinach, didn't drain the beans entirely, threw in a handful of the bread crumbs and mixed them in, and added parmesan cheese. It wasn't dry at all. LittleJeanne: the oil was either too hot or you left the sage in too long. The leaves don't really look 'fried' but they are crunchy when you pull them out and let them dry.
Rating: Unrated
01/22/2012
I must have done something wrong, but my sage leaves didn't really fry, they turned out brown/almost black and they were uneatable... Could someone help me by telling me how to do it right? Anyway I just skipped the last step and threw them away, and the rest of the meal was good!
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Rating: Unrated
01/18/2011
This was awful! I made it for a get-together and I was so embarassed to serve it to guests. Thankfully everyone could laugh about how bad it was, but it was way too dry. Will NOT be making this one again.
Rating: Unrated
12/14/2009
So easy and really, really good! I'll be making this again, for sure.
Rating: Unrated
09/27/2009
My fmaily loves this and it is super easy.
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Rating: Unrated
05/27/2009
Fabulous, would make again. Very easy.