Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole

I wouldn’t normally make this kind of meal but some people on one of my courses asked for it. Naturally, I decided to make it healthier!


  • Sausages. Buy some decent sausages! This might mean going to the butchers.

For the batter

  • 175ml milk (cow or plant-based)
  • 140g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • A selection of vegetables. I used 1 courgette and 1 carrot.
  • Seasoning
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • Mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds


  • Get the oven hot! Place the sausages in an ovenproof dish and put in the oven. You might need to add a tiny bit of oil depending on the sort bought, but some sausages produce enough of their own!
  • Grate the vegetables.
  • Put a little oil in the frying pan and fry the vegetables until soft.
  • Make the batter by mixing together the eggs, flour and milk. Use a hand blender or liquidiser ideally to get the mixture smooth and avoid lumps. A fork will work fine if you don’t have one.
  • Add the seasoning and stock cube as well as the cooked veggies.
  • The sausages will be cooked by now and gone a beautiful golden brown.  Pour the batter over and cook for another 30 mins,  The batter should be a beautiful brown and slightly risen. The batter might not rise as much with the veggies, but the taste makes up for this!

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