Sage and Onion Stuffing



  • 4 large onions

  • 10 sage leaves

  • 125g/¼lb of breadcrumbs

  • 40g/1½oz butter

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 egg


  1. Peel the onions, put them into boiling water, let them simmer for 5 minutes or rather longer, and just before they are taken out, put in the sage-leaves for a minute or two to take off their rawness.

  2. Chop both these very fine, add the bread, seasoning and butter, and work the whole lot together with the yolk of an egg, when the stuffing will be ready for use.

  3. It should be rather highly seasoned, and the sage-leaves should be very finely chopped.

  4. Many cooks do not parboil the onions in the manner just stated, but merely use them raw. The stuffing then, however is not nearly so mild, and to many tastes, its strong flavour would be very objectionable.

  5. When made for goose, a portion of the liver of the bird, simmered for a few minutes and very finely minced, is frequently added to this stuffing; and where economy is studied, the egg and butter may be dispensed with.

My mother always told me that the correct stuffing for Turkey and Chicken is Lemon and Thyme but I know that some people like sage and onion.  This recipe is delicious though does improve a little if some lemon juice and suet is added.  I also tend to throw in some parsley.