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Air fryer stuffing balls

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For me a roast dinner is nothing without a nice pile of stuffing and lashings of onion gravy. Don’t worry about skipping the yorkshire puddings either, as we have them with EVERY roast dinner! This air fryer stuffing recipe is really simple and cheap too!

If you’re anything like me you LOVE a hearty roast dinner, especially when the weather is cold. A roast dinner is a great way to feed a crowd on a budget, especially if you add lots of great veggies such as air fryer baby carrots and air fryer parsnips.

I love to make most roast dinner components from scratch, but I rapidly find myself adding more and more recipes and the oven getting more and more each Sunday! While it’s great to maximise the oven space while it is turned on sometimes I need a little extra space, and this is why I like to make air fryer stuffing balls.

Over time I learned to make everything from scratch. Stuffing, gravy, Yorkshire puddings etc. My dinners just got better and better but also more and more time-consuming. Then my daughters Daisyand Aurora came along! 

Sometimes Paxo stuffing still hits the spot, when I’m super busy and don’t have lots of spare minutes to spend in the kitchen cooking, but overall I think you just can’t beat a homemade sage and onion stuffing!

Air fryer stuffing cooked, in a dish, with sage leaves

Ingredients for air fryer stuffing

1 slice of bread – you could even use a soft white roll or something similar you’ve got to use up

1 medium onion

30ml olive oil

30g butter (unsalted)

Handful of fresh sage or 1 tablespoon of dried sage. If you’re using fresh sage I’d aim for about 1/8 of a cup finely chopped.

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Method for making stuffing in the air fryer:

Combine together the olive oil and butter in a wide based frying pan and heat until melted completely. Stir well.

Chop the onion and add this in.

Cook until translucent, usually 2-3 minutes.

Chop or roughly rip the bread and add this in. Stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Chop the sage and add this in. Cook for 1 minute.

Stir well.

Place your mix into a food processor and pulse together until it’s a fine consistency.

Roll into balls and then you can place the balls into your air fryer basket. Personally I aim for small balls, as you can see from my pictures. These are ideal servicing sizes for everyone to enjoy a couple alongside their dinner.

Cook in the air fryer at 200C for 10 minutes. I shook very gently once halfway through cooking.

Serve once golden brown and enjoy!

Cooked sage and onion stuffing balls in a dish

Can you freeze these air fryer stuffing balls? 

Yes. I would personally recommend making the balls, part cooking and then freezing flat, covered, on a baking tray. Once they have been in the freezer for an hour or two then you can add them all into one pot, or freezer bag, to save space.

How to make air fryer stuffing balls?

I prefer to make my mix in the food processor, as this is a great and fast way to check the consistency. If the mix is a little wet I add more bread, if it is a little dry I drizzle a tiny bit more olive oil in.

Want to make this stuffing recipe gluten free? 

Use your own gluten free bread. I’ve used several types in the past, as my daughter has FPIES and multiple food allergies. I’ve had no problems with binding but if you do experiencing them then you can use a few pinches of Xanthan gum to help thicken it up a little.

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Want to make this vegan stuffing? 

Just make sure to use a dairy free bread and butter and you should be able to make vegan stuffing no problem. 

Don’t want to make stuffing balls?

I like to use a shallow baking dish, such as one for pies, and press the stuffing down into it. I grease it first, to help the stuffing be removed after cooking.

Cooking time will be about 5-10 minutes more usually, so be sure to check at the 10 minute mark and see if it needs more time.

Make sure you leave it to cool slightly before you cut it into slices to avoid it breaking up when you’re serving it up. Alternatively just stick a spoon in it and let your guests serve themselves.

Can you make this stuffing with dried sage? 

Absolutely. Just use 1 tablespoon of dried sage for the quantity of ingredients listed above. I don’t always have fresh sage on hand, although I do grow it in my garden, so dried sage is perfect too, and economical usually! I love to freeze fresh herbs for this recipe, and lots of other roast dinner dishes.

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Can you make Paxo stuffing in an air fryer?

Yes. Follow the packet max and then cook for around 15 minutes at 200C. You’ll want to check at 10 minutes, as cooking time depends on the size of the balls that you make of course.

I like to shake every few minutes during cooking, gently, to ensure the stuffing balls don’t stick to the air fryer basket.

Can you reheat stuffing in an air fryer?

You can reheat all sorts of things in your air fryer, and stuffing is definitely one of those things. Personally I prefer to reheat stuffing balls, once only of course, and make sure that they are piping hot inside before serving.

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How to make air fryer stuffing balls:

Air fryer stuffing balls

Homemade stuffing mix perfect for cooking air fryer stuffing balls

Course Side Dish
Cuisine British
Keyword bread, Roast dinner, stuffing
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 stuffing balls
Calories 142 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 medium onion
  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 30 g butter unsalted
  • small handful fresh sage or 1 tablespoon dried sage

Instructions

  1. Combine together the olive oil and butter in a wide based frying pan and heat until melted completely. Stir well.
  2. Chop the onion and add this in.
  3. Cook until translucent, usually 2-3 minutes.
  4. Chop or roughly rip the bread and add this in. Stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Chop the sage and add this in. Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Place your mix into a food processor and pulse together until it’s a fine consistency.
  8. Roll into balls and then you can place the balls into your air fryer basket. Personally I aim for small balls, as you can see from my pictures. These are ideal servicing sizes for everyone to enjoy a couple alongside their dinner.
  9. Cook in the air fryer at 200C for 10 minutes. Shake halfway (gently!

  10. Serve and enjoy.

Note: All calorie information is for demonstration purposes only and is based on the specific uncooked ingredients that I used when creating the recipe.

Making a roast dinner? Be sure to check out my roast dinner recipes:

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Cooked air fryer stuffing balls decorated with sage leaves
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