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February 7, 2016 / mintcustard

Toad in the hole – a lighter version.


Trying to eat healthily is sometimes tricky. The most trying times are when the weather is bad, life is exhausting and it’s the middle of the week. Sometimes only a big plate of comfort food will do. The problem with comfort food is the comfort usually comes with a hefty side order of calories. Sainsburys have asked me to see if I could take a favorite comfort food of mine and change it to make it #comfit.They have recipes on their website too, but I thought I’d like to try to rework an old favourite of my own.

So, what do I love most? Shepherds pie? Apple crumble and custard? A full English breakfast? All good candidates, but no. My favourite comfort food is toad in the hole. How was I to go about that?

Toad in the hole is essentially sausages and batter, oven fried in oil. If I lightened the sausages and added in some vegetables would this still be comfort food?

Oh yes!


Ingredients Feeds 3

6 Sainsburys be good to yourself Cumberland sausages

3 egg whites

125g plain flour

1/2 pint semi skimmed milk

1 red onion cut into wedges

1 string of cherry tomatoes

1/4 green pepper cut into strips

8 chestnut button mushrooms

salt and pepper

I also had a few strips of butternut squash too so I added those. Basically, what ever you have to use up, then feel free to use.


How to …..

  • Preheat the oven to 200c.
  • Twist the sausages  and onion wedges into half and place into a deep oven proof dish.
  • Bake the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Whilst the sausages and onions bake mix together the flour and milk in a bowl.
  • In a second bowl whisk the egg whites until they reach the stiff peaks stage.
  • Fold the egg whites into the milk and flour mixture with a pinch of salt.
  • When the onions and sausages have cooked for 15 minutes, remove fom the oven and remove from the oven proof dish and onto a plate.
  • Turn up the oven to 225c. Add a splash of oil to the dish and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Place back into the oven until the oil is smoking hot.
  • Working quickly, pour the batter into the hot dish and place the sausages and vegetables on top.


  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Slice and serve with gravy and more green vegetables.


Sainsburys sent me a voucher to cover the cost of the ingredients used in this dish.





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