Sage, leek & onion balls

Sage, leek & onion balls

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr


Makes 16 small balls, plus 250g extra to stuff a 5kg turkey
Too good to be kept for Christmas, why not make double of these stuffing balls and keep some in the freezer?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal131
  • fat9g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs8g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre0g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.72g
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  • 4 tbsp vegetable or sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 2 onions, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 leek, finely sliced into rings



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 450g pack good-quality pork sausage, meat squeezed out
  • 20g pack sage, leaves finely chopped



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…

  • 140g white breadcrumb
  • 1 large egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 8 smoked dry-cured streaky bacon rashers, halved and stretched out a bit
  • sage sprig, to garnish (optional)



    Popular in both Italian and British cookery, sage has long, grey-green leaves with a slightly…


  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then soften the onions, leek and celery for 15 mins with the pan covered. Put the sausagemeat into a bowl. Once the onion mix has cooled, tip onto the sausagemeat, add the sage, bread, egg and seasoning, then mix really well with your hands.

  2. Set aside 250g to stuff the turkey, then shape the rest into 16 balls, wrapping each with bacon. Sit these on a non-stick baking sheet, cover with foil, then bake for 15 mins. Uncover, then bake 30 mins more until the bacon is golden. Garnish with a sage sprig, if you like.

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25th Dec, 2017
Excellent recipe!
21st Jan, 2017
These were delicious and went down brilliantly at Christmas. I whizzed up the veg in the food processor which made them very quick to prepare.
11th Nov, 2014
Excuse me being confused -are you saying that you prepare them 48 hours before then cook then when needed on xmas day or cook them 48 hours before and then reheat.
10th Jul, 2014
Question to those who have frozen these stuffing balls..... do you part cook first? 45 mins in the oven is a long time, and I wondered whether the first 15mins covered could be done prior to freezing, then finished off once defrosted along with the potatoes?
11th Jul, 2014
Hi, No I don't part cook first and they always turn out fine.
katrinaridout's picture
30th Dec, 2013
Simple recipe, looked the part and froze very well! They had a lovely rich taste, made a good batch (20) and went down really well. I love it when simple things go well - highly recommended!
22nd Dec, 2013
I have used this recipe for the past few years for Christmas and its always very popular. I always make a few days before so there is no hassle on Christmas day. It freezes very well so its worth making double to have in the feeezer to add to roasts, its always a sad day when the Chritsmas stuffing has run out!
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11th Jan, 2012
Did this with Christmas dinner - first time i've ever made my own stuffing and it was gorgeous!! I left out the bacon as mum not keen but everyone loved it. Had enough left over to freeze too. Will never have shop bought again! (prep time is quite long though unless you have fast, fine chopping skills! ;))
27th Dec, 2011
Totally delicious, the best stuffing recipe I have found.
9th Dec, 2011
They took a little longer to prepare than suggested, but that's probably me at fault, not the recipe. But they were well worth it. Tasted amazing! Will be making these again and again! Thank you!


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annie davis
21st Dec, 2018
I'm assuming when it says add seasoning to the mix it means salt and pepper? And also do you cook the onion leek and celery on a low for 15? Thanks.
25th Dec, 2014
I also added a diced fresh bramley apple at the mixing stage! Happy Christmas! x
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