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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 balls 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 cheap yet delicious vegetables such as air fryer baby carrots, air fryer carrots and parsnips or just air fryer tenderstem broccoli.
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 came along! Sometimes I just want to cook air fryer frozen yorkshire puddings now and that’s ok too!
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! Especially if you serve with air fryer pigs in blankets!
While this is a recipe post for making your own stuffing balls you can scroll near the end of the post for some tips on cooking Paxo stuffing in the air fryer. No shame here in making life a little easier for yourself when wanting to enjoy a big family feast.
Ingredients for air fryer sage onion stuffing balls :
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.
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. You want to use both together to reduce the chance of it burning.
Chop the onion and add this in to your pan.
Fry until translucent, which usually takes around 2 to 3 minutes.
Chop or roughly tear up the bread and add this in to the pan. Stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Chop the sage and add this in. Fry for 1 minute.
Place your mix into a food processor and pulse together until it is a fine consistency.
I like to add this mix to a mixing bowl, just to make it easy to start rolling the balls.
Roll the stuffing mix into balls and then you can place the balls into your air fryer basket.
Personally I aim for small balls, as you can hopefully see from my pictures. These are ideal serving sizes for everyone to enjoy two or three alongside their dinner without being stuffed.
Air fry in the air fryer at 200C for 10 minutes. I like to shake at least once halfway through cooking, and then sometimes near the end too.
Serve once golden brown and enjoy!
Can you freeze these air fryer stuffing balls?
Yes. I would personally recommend making the balls, part cooking and then freezing them on a flat baking tray flat. 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. Shake up to avoid them sticking together too.
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 of choice. 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 if you have some to hand.
Want to make this vegan stuffing?
Air fryer stuffing balls with bread crumbs are simple to make vegan, just use your favourite Vegan spread and bread. I love to use Vitalite and often use sourdough bread, as many of these are Vegan too.
This stuffing mix would also work great with an air fryer roasted nut loaf.
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.
Can you make Paxo stuffing in an air fryer?
Yes. Follow the packet max and then air fry for around 15 minutes at 200C (395F). 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, just gently, to ensure that the stuffing balls don’t stick to the air fryer basket.
Air fryer chicken tenders are fab to serve with stuffing:
Can you cook Aunt Bessies stuffing balls in air fryer?
Absolutely, stick to the same sort of timings as the Paxo stuffing, air frying for around 15 minutes at 200C (395F approx).
I like to spray mine with the 1 calorie oil spray, as I find that they are a little dry otherwise.
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.
What to do with leftover stuffing?
My favourite ways to use leftover stuffing are in a roast dinner sandwich alongside roast potatoes, roast turkey or chicken, a splash of gravy of chicken broth and a little sauce of choice. Often cranberry sauce.
Another great way to use up leftover stuffing is in a breakfast hash or as part of a chicken pie.
My latest air fryer recipes:
- Air fryer hasselback potatoes
- OXO roast potatoes recipe
- Marmite roast potatoes
- Ninja Foodi air fryer pork chops
- Air fryer frozen fish and chips
- Air fryer apple crumble
- How to cook chips in the Ninja Dual air fryer
- Air fryer chips recipe
- Air fryer lemon pepper fries
- Air fryer recipes for beginners
Something to note about air fryer recipes is that all air fryers have different sizes, depths and as such the cooking times can vary. All air fryer recipes on this website are intended as a guide, and not a guarantee that the timings will be perfect. Enjoy!
Cooking sage and onion stuffing balls in the air fryer is super simple, significantly faster than the oven and a great way to avoid taking up half a shelf in your oven. This is the perfect side dish for a roast dinner as it is packed full of flavour and it crisps up beautifully in the air fryer.
I love how fast it cooks, making it perfect for those last minutes where you’re rushing to get all the timings right and bring everything together.
Sometimes I will cook mine to nearly finished around 30 minutes before I’m serving dinner and then I just pop it back on to air fry for a final 3-4 minutes to make sure it is hot throughout and crispy on the outside.
Using the air fryer is a game changer when it comes to family dinner as I have lots more cooking space and it cuts down on the cooking time pretty significantly too.
Air fryers have powerful convection technology that helps to ensure your food is cooked throughout, crispy and has a lovely soft interior still. Sage and onion works so well together and is such a classic roast dinner flavour that it makes them a must have accompaniment in our home on Sundays.
Another benefit of using the air fryer is that you can cook quite a few smaller portions in one basket at the same time. This is great if you’re making a roast dinner for just one or two people as you can air fry your roast potatoes, vegetable, stuffing and even heat up some frozen yorkshire puddings too.
I have a Ninja Foodi AF300UK and I find this really simple to clean too, I just soak it for a couple of minutes and then use a Scrub Daddy to get the basket back as good as new.
Whether you’re working on a big roast dinner, a Christmas feast or just want a tasty sandwich accompaniment this stuffing recipe is fast, delicious and super easy too.
How to cook stuffing balls in the air fryer:
Air fryer stuffing balls
Homemade stuffing mix perfect for cooking air fryer stuffing balls
- 1 slice bread
- 1 medium onion
- 30 ml olive oil
- 30 g butter unsalted
- small handful fresh sage or 1 tablespoon dried sage
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.
Fry 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. Fry for 1 minute.
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.
Air fry at 200C for 10 minutes. Shake halfway (gently!
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.