Need a stuffing recipe that is served with a Sunday roast or Christmas dinner? Try out this homemade sage and onion stuffing balls recipe, which is really easy peasy to make at home, quick and so much better than the ready-made packet mix. Air fry or Oven Bake it – Both are delicious, although air frying is quicker if you are pressed for time.
About this easy homemade sage and onion stuffings
Though this is a Christmas easy stuffing recipe it can be enjoyed all throughout the season. Weekends are days that are set aside to enjoy with family and friends. This is why when I have to come up with a quick and easy recipe for my rescue, one of the first things I can think of is this sage and onion stuffing balls.
I prefer to cook easy appetizers with already available ingredients in my pantry, rather than something fancy-schmancy!!! This stuffing recipe just ticks the box. I like to use Bread, Onion, Garlic, Sage, seasoning, oil or butter, and egg ( optional ) for these stuffings balls and all of them are always available.
I am lucky to have a Sage planter right in my garden, and this gives me one more reason to make this delicious appetizer.
And I really love making sage and onion stuffing balls in my air fryer because the cooking time is just 7 minutes in total. However, when I am making super large batches I like to oven cook which takes about 20 minutes.
Also If you entertain a lot of vegetarian guests like me, then this sweet cooked onion side dish is just the appetizer that you need.
Try out this sage and onion stuffing recipe today and it will become an instant favorite easy family recipe!!
Why you’ll love this recipe?
There are a number of reasons why this recipe will soon become your favorite.
- This recipe uses basic ingredients – most of which are always available in every household.
- Super Easy and quick to make at home. It’s time to Ditch the store bought sage and onion packet mix!!
- Stuffing balls recipes takes just about 10 minutes of hands-on time and the rest of the time goes into baking or air frying
- Easy to customize recipe – Can be made Vegan too!
- Sage and onion stuffing balls is something you will love because it is simple to make and is not a very complex recipe.
- Can be prepped ahead – You can even go ahead and prepare the mixture a night prior, store it in the refrigerator overnight and then cook it the next day.
You will need a handful of basic ingredients to make the most delicious stuffing balls recipe.
- Onion – Either white or red onion will work for the stuffings. Although white is my preference as it doen’t change the color of the stuffing ball too much.
- Garlic – One fat clove goes a long way in the recipe. It does elevate the flavors.
- Olive Oil or any other neutral flavor oil will work. If you like, you could use unsalted butter too!
- Salt to taste
- Seasoning – I like to use Ground Pepper & Mixed herbs that include dried sage, basil, oregano and parsley too.
- Sage – Fresh Sage tastes the best in this recipe. Finely dice the sage and use them in the recipe.However, you can sub with 2 tsp dried Sage.
- Bread Crumbs – Turn an ordinary loaf into fresh breadcrumbs either by using a grater or a food processor with s blade.
How to cook Air fryer Sage and Stuffing Balls?
Gently heat oil/butter in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, onion, and fry for 30 seconds on medium heat. Cover with lid and allow the onion to soften for 4-5 minutes in low heat.
Turn off the flame and allow it to cool down for 5 minutes.
Add the seasoning mixture, diced sage, salt, pepper, bread crumbs. Give it a good mix.
Now add the beaten egg slowly and give the stuffings mixture a stir, until well combined.
Roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls.
Preheat the air fryer at 180C for 2 minutes and then transfer the stuffing balls to the air fryer basket.
Air fry for 6-7 minutes in total. Check at 5 minutes and add the extra time as necessary. If you like it crispy, air fry for 7 minutes.
Do not use a sandwich bread to make bread crumbs rather use a bloomer or an ordinary loaf from the baker. Grate the bread with a large hole of a cheese grater or add the bread to the food processor and process.
This easy family recipe can be kept overnight in the refrigerator and enjoyed, the next day. Do not add the egg if you are prepping ahead or storing it in the refrigerator.
A large Air fryer cooks the Stuffing Balls quicker than the smaller capacity ones. I use a 6 qt Instant Pot vortex air fryer and it takes about 7 minutes. If you are using a 3-4 Qt air fryer, add a little extra time as necessary.
Serving Suggestions for Sage and Onion Stuffing Balls
- Enjoy this epic sage and onion stuffing, roast parsnips and vegetable tray bake best served as Christmas dinner or with that family Sunday roast meal.
- Serve the stuffing balls as an appetiser with your favourite dip like a garlic aioli.
- Tuck the onion stuffing balls into your wraps with lettuce, cucumber, pickled onion, green chutney, and a cooling dip.
Can I make Sage and Onion Stuffing ahead of time?
Yes, it is definitely possible that you make the sage and onion stuffing ahead of time as long as you store them in a refrigerator.
How to make bread crumbs for Sage and Onion Stuffing?
Buy an ordinary loaf of bread and grate it with the help of a grater with large holes. In case you want to make things simpler you can even go ahead and pick up breadcrumbs from the market. You can also add the bread to the food processor and process it into crumbs.
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- 1 medium white onion
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 Tsp Olive Oil
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 Tsp Ground Pepper
- 2 Tsp Mixed Herbs
- 1 Tsp Fresh Sage or Dried Sage
- 2 Cup Fresh Bread Crumbs
- 1 Egg beaten
- Gently heat oil/butter in a medium saucepan. Add garlic, onion, and fry for 30 seconds on medium heat. Cover with lid and allow the onion to soften for 4-5 minutes in low heat.
- Turn off the flame and allow it to cool down for 5 minutes.
- Add the seasoning mixture, diced sage, salt, pepper, bread crumbs. Give it a good mix.
- Now add the beaten egg slowly and stir the stuffings mixture until well combined.
- Roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls.
Air fryer Instructions
- Preheat the air fryer at 180C for 2 minutes and then transfer the stuffing balls to the air fryer basket.
- Air fry for 6-7 minutes in total. Check at 5 minutes and add the extra time as necessary. If you like it crispy, air fry for 7 minutes.
- Prheat the oven to 356F/ 180C. Line the baking sheet with a parchment paper. Arrange the stuffing balls on baking sheet and bake for 25-30 mins or until golden brown.