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Sage-and-Onion Stuffing, for Geese, Ducks, and Pork


  • 4 large onions
  • 10 sage-leaves
  • 1/4 pound of bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 ounces of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg


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. Chop both these very fine, add the bread, seasoning, and butter, and work the whole together with the yolk of an egg, when the stuffing will be ready for use. It should be rather highly seasoned, and the sage-leaves should be very finely chopped. 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. 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 may be dispensed with.

Time: Rather more than 5 minutes to simmer the onions.

Sufficient for 1 goose, or a pair of ducks.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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