Basic Fried Herb Leaves Medley


1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon lemon zest, grated fine and dried
Pinch of white pepper
2 egg whites
1 cup olive oil
A few sprigs of each of the following:
Fresh parsley leaves with 1 inch stems
Fresh thyme leaves with 1 inch stems
Fresh sage leaves with just a little stem
Fresh chives, cut 2 inches long


Heat olive oil in a medium fry pan on medium high heat.Mix the flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, white pepper and lemon zest in a medium mixing bowl until combined very well. Beat egg whites in a separate flat bowl. Dip one sprig of the fresh herbs at a time in the egg white and then the flour. Make sure the egg white and the flour get all over the herbs. Then, drop the sprigs into hot oil. Cook the herbs flipping them often until golden brown. Place on paper towels to catch oil and sprinkle with salt.Serve over vegetables, pastas, meats or fish.