14 May 2018

Toad-in-the-hole with a healthy twist!

We're big sausage fans in our household but as they are quite fatty, we occasionally replace the normal sausages with chicken versions. As I'm not much of a cook, I was delighted to get an invite from Richmond Sausages to taste test their new chicken sausages and to learn a few new easy homely recipes using them. Their chicken sausages were launched recently and are available in all major supermarkets - and I was pretty interested in hearing that they have 30% less fat than normal sausages! So definitely a (slightly) healthier option.

Please note that this post and recipe is written in collaboration with Richmond Sausages. Please also check the giveaway for £25 Tesco voucher at the bottom of the post - winner could get plenty of sausages with that!


angellica bell talking

richmond chicken sausages

cooking demonstration

three sausage dishes


At the event we tasted loads of different family favourites made using the chicken sausages - they were versatile and worked well from pasta dishes to bangers and mash. My favourite recipe of the day was the healthy Toad-in-the-hole recipe though, which I want to share with you!

Toad-in-the-hole with a healthy twist

Ingredients:

Batter: 
1 cup plain flour
4 medium eggs
½ cup of milk
1 tsp chopped rosemary
few gratings of lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste

Filling:
8 Richmond Chicken Sausages
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 bag of spinach
1 ½ cups of broccoli florets trimmed and cut into bitesize pieces
1 cup frozen peas (thawed in cold water)

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220C.
2. Make the batter. Whisk all the batter ingredients in a bowl until smooth, place in fridge to rest.
3. Pour oil in a large roasting tray (ceramic is recommended, but glass and metal work too). Put the sausages in the tray and toss them in oil to coat. Place in oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, until browned. Turn sausages half way.
4. Steam broccoli until slightly cooked by placing a bowl with 3 tbsp water, covering and microwaving for 2 minutes.
5. Remove the sausage tray from oven, add all the vegetables to the tray and give everything a quick shake.
6. Pour the batter over vegetables and sausages and quickly return the tray to the oven. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the batter is puffed and golden.
7. Remove from oven, allow to sit for a moment and serve! Gravy goes nicely with this dish too.

And one of the tips I got was to keep the pan as hot as possible before pouring the batter in - even if it means you pretty much keep it in the oven, just pull it out a bit and pour the batter in right there and then. This helps the batter to rise properly.


buffet lunch made with chicken sausages

lunch on a plate

yorkshire pudding

picture of richmond chicken sausages packets


I had great fun at the cooking event and I got some fab cooking tips and instructions from both the professional chef developing recipes for Richmond, and Angellica Bell, the 2017 Celebrity MasterChef winner.

We yapped away at the end, going through the tips and all, and I got to ask Angellica also what kind of food she cooks back home for her kids. Unsurprisingly, not the MasterChef type fancy cuisine, but the usual lasagne, pasta and other homely dishes are what get her kids excited.

My child is unusually fussy but Angellica had a tip for that too. What Angellica tells her kids when they don't want to eat her meals is that they only need to taste, and if they still don't like it, she will prep something else. And after tasting, they usually are happy to eat it. Might be of course her cooking skills that are doing the trick, so my concoctions might not garner the same support back home... but I'll try that tip too!

me meeting angellica bell


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Try this traditional British sausage dish "toad in the hole" recipe with a healthy twist! Made using Richmond Chicken Sausages, seasoned Yorkshire pudding batter and green vegetables!


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92 comments:

  1. Sausage and bean casserol .

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  2. I love a delicious sausage casserole

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  3. We love giant pigs and blankets and mash.

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  4. Rebecca Cusick14 May 2018 at 14:22

    My favourite bangers and mash!

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  5. I would make sausage Carbonara. our family favourite. you take the meat out of the sausage skin and make 3-4 little balls whilst adding some ground pepper. add to pasta and add the egg mixture. :-)

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  6. Michelle Smith14 May 2018 at 14:38

    Toad in the hole

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  7. Margaret Clarkson
    Toad in the hole

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  8. We love a sausage casserole here. Making them with chicken sausages would be great. x

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  9. yeah sorry a sausage casserole too lol x

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  10. Sausage Casserole.

    Rachel Craig

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  11. One of our regular favourites is a sausage casserole. Fry the sausages. Then take out the sausages and fry some onions in the same pan. Add the sausages and onions to a casserole dish, along with mixed beans, chopped peppers, and any other vegetables you happen to have lying around. Optional red wine. Slow cook for ages. Serve with mash and a big smile.

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  12. You can't go wrong with a toad in the hole!

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  13. Sausage stovies, make it all the time, sausage potato and onion in an oxo cube, once potatoes are soft add gravy granules and beans.. tastes amazing

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  14. a roast dinner with all the trimmings using the sausages as your meat!

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  15. Has to be the traditional sausage and tomato pasta bake!

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  16. Sausage and bean casserole is our favourite

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  17. Sausage casserole, my kids favourite

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  18. My own take on a 'Subway' sausage sandwich, sausages, omelette and a little cheese on white bread.

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  19. spicy sausage and tomato red pepper cassoulet

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  20. Toad in the hole is an old favourite, but I think that you can't beat sausages with mash!

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  21. We love paprika sausage with peppers and mushroom xx

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  22. toad in the hole

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  23. We have bangers and mash regularly! Sausages, cauliflower and cheese topped mash, sometime black pudding mash if we have it for a Sunday lunch!

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  24. Charlene Merrall14 May 2018 at 21:34

    I get a sauce in a jar called spanish chicken, its so nice with all kinds of sausages even though its meant for chicken!

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  25. Toad in the hole is a tradition here!

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  26. I think id like them best on a big full english!

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  27. Bangers and mash with peas and gravy!

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  28. English breakfast. I've had them in a cooked breakfast before when I stayed at a guesthouse in Blackburn, because the owner was Muslim, so he did a version of an English breakfast without any pork. It was still tasty.

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  29. My kids love sausage pasta and this would be a nice twist!

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  30. TANIA STANNARD15 May 2018 at 07:56

    I love toad in the hole, you cant beat it.

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  31. Hubble Bubble - a mixture of potato, sausages and bacon cooked in a sort of savoury custard

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  32. I pick Hubble bubble

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  33. I bet they would be amazing in spicy sausage & butter bean stew!! :)

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  34. Sausage and mash with onion gravy.

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  35. Sarah Blakebrough15 May 2018 at 10:43

    You can't beat a good tomatoey sausage casserole

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  36. my kids would love toad in the hall

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  37. a nice sausage caserole!! mmm could eat that now!!

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  38. Libby Alexander15 May 2018 at 13:55

    I'm always making sausage and mash for my daughter, so these would be a healthier option.

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  39. It could be made into a slow cooked sausage casserole very easily. Plus you could add whatever vegetables you fancy.

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  40. I'd like to try a sausage casserole with chicken sausages.

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  41. I would make sausage casserole,it's one of our favourite meals.

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  42. We love sausage and mash in our house!

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  43. I would make sausage and bean casserole

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  44. Wrap them in all butter pastry, brush with beaten egg, bake and eat them with some red onion relish on the side.

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  45. Spicy sausage and bean casserole

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  46. Michelle Ferguson15 May 2018 at 20:20

    Has to be toad in the hole

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  47. Toad in the hole but with butterflying the sausages and covered with marmite!

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  48. Baked Bean Pie - a layer of baked beans, bacon, sausages, mushrooms and onions. Then a layer of mashed potato on top, then a layer of cheese on top of that. Served with naan bread to wipe up the bean juice lol

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  49. Ultimate toad-in-the-hole with caramelised onion gravy. Wrap fat sausages in streaky bacon for a posh version of a British classic – perfect comfort food for the whole family.

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  50. Toad in the hole

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  51. Creamy pasta with sausage & broccoli - delicious!

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  52. Toad in the hole is my favourite

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  53. Love toad in the hole but I’m not particularly good at cooking it!

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  54. Definitely toad in the hole! yum!

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  55. Jambalaya in a slow cooker with chicken sausage

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  56. Sausage and onions in French bread.

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  57. Sausages and mash with gravy. I've never tried chicken sausages before and would like to try them!

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  58. Sausage cooked in the oven with roasted veg (new potatoes, onions)

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  59. Sausage and vegetable tray bake

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  60. Sausage chips and beans is our favourite

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  61. I tried these last week! Much healthier for my family... we made a sausage casserole with finely chopped chorizo, carrots, onions, peppers, mushrooms, a tin of beans, a tin of chopped tomatoes, finely diced garlic, paprika & mixed herbs, then served it with a few jersey royals. Was a big hit with the kids (and the mr)

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  62. sausage casserole in the slow cooker

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  63. Sliced sausage and tomato pizza

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  64. Sausage and chips

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  65. Chicken sausage & mushroom penne

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  66. Sausage mash n onion gravy

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  67. Sausage and pasta. Cook the sausage, cook the pasta, dice up onion and add to tin of chopped tomatoes which will become your sauce. Add veg as desired. Chop up cooked sausage and stir into your sauce then pour over pasta.

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  68. Sausage tray bake

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  69. Our family favourite is toad in the hole :)

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  70. stewed chicken sausages with sweet potato mash and cawliflower

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