Toad in the hole, a tale of two sausages
Without meaning to be ironic, I took a recipe from BBC’s Good Food, 101 Low Fat Feasts, and substituted full fat milk and (for Boy’s portion) added cheddar cheese.
If you want to be good, stick with semi-skimmed milk and omit the cheese. Because Boy is on a high-fat diet (and is also a fussy eater), I also ended up using two types of sausages from our local butcher, Halls in Cricklade High Street. I opted for chipolatas for Boy and the Chilli and Leek for ourselves. On reflection, I think this recipe works best with a good quality traditional sausage. But don’t be afraid to experiment!
- 8 good quality sausages
- 1 red onion
- sprig of fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp
- 100gr/4oz plain flour
- 1 medium egg
- 300ml/1/2 pt milk (I used full fat, but semi-skimmed is fine and lowers the fat content)
- 1 tsp mustard (I used Leith’s mustard with horseradish, which has quite a bite. BBC GF says use 2 tsp of whole grain. Flavour according to taste).
- Cheddar cheese crumbled (optional if you want to make it richer and add calories).
- First, preheat the oven to 200 c, fan 180 c, Gas Mark 6.
- Cut the onions into wedges, then tip into a shallow non-stick tin, about 23 x 30cm, 9 x 12 in. I usually line with foil to save on scrubbing later.
- Arrange the sausages on top. Drizzle oil over and roast for 20 minutes.
- Chop the thyme.
- Meanwhile, sift the flour, then whisk together the eggs, flour, adding the milk gradually to form a batter.
- If you want to add the cheese, do so at this stage. Sprinkle it over the sausages.
- Quickly pour the batter over and return to the oven for 40 minutes, but check towards the end of this time. Remove the dish when the batter is risen and golden.
- Serve with vegetables. Cabbage and broccoli go well.
This recipe serves 4. Fat content depends on which sausages you use and whether you opt for full fat milk or not. The low-fat version (using low fat sausages) can be as low as 7grs of fat a serving.
For CFers, using juicy pork sausages, full fat milk and adding the cheese , you can get the fat content up to 25gr easily.
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