Many recipes you come across will call for rubbed sage. This is, quite simply, dried sage leaves that have been rubbed into a fine, fluffy powder. It can be used as a substitute for ground, dried, or fresh sage.
Rubbing sage releases the herb's essential oils and turns dried sage into a much more flavorful ingredient. At the same time, the flavor is less concentrated than ground sage, so you'll need to adjust quantities when using rubbed sage as a substitute for ground sage in recipes.
Use twice as much rubbed sage when substituting it in a recipe that calls for ground sage.
The silvery, fuzzy leaves of sage are a domineering seasoning. Where would stuffing be without it?