How to Make Sage and Onion Dressing

Sage and onion dressing is a versatile recipe that can be used to make casseroles, stuffing balls or your favourite bird for a Christmas dinner. While most people prefer buying ready-made dressing, making it at home is not hard at all.

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 3 to 5 min
Bake time: 30 to 35 min
Total time: 45 to 50 min
Yield: 3 to 5 servings
Utensils: Oven, baking dish, sauce pan, knife, cutting board, measuring cups, measuring spoons.

Onions: 2 medium or 1 large
Butter: 30 grams
Sage leaves chopped: 6
A handful of coarsely chopped parsley
Fresh white breadcrumbs: 250g
Herby sausagemeat (chicken, turkey or any other of your choice): 400 grams
Egg: 1
Zest of lemon (optional)


  • 1

    Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

  • 2

    Peel the onions using a sharp knife, wash them thoroughly and roughly chop them.

  • 3

    Melt 30 grams butter in a large sauce pan over low heat.

  • 4

    Add the coarsely chopped onion to the hot butter and sauté it on low heat for a couple of minutes, or until soft and translucent, but not coloured.

  • 5

    Add finely chopped sage leaves to the onion and cook for a few more minutes, stirring continuously.

  • 6

    Remove the onion from the heat and stir in a small quantity of coarsely chopped parsley.

  • 7

    Also add coarse, fresh white breadcrumbs and the herby meat sausage.

  • 8

    If you are using zest of lemon, grate it into the sauce pan and mix all the ingredients well to combine.

  • 9

    Add a beaten egg spoon by spoon to the mixture, squeezing it with your fingers until it binds together.

  • 10

    Season your stuffing generously with salt and pepper and mix well.

  • 11

    Use butter to grease your baking dish and transfer the stuffing to it.

  • 12

    Set the stuffing in the dish by pressing it down with a spoon.

  • 13

    Bake it in the oven preheated at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is crisp and golden brown.

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