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February 7, 2016 / mintcustard

Toad in the hole – a lighter version.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

 

 

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