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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240 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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  71. Great for the children to use as toppings on homemade pizza

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  72. Definitely sausage casserole - we all love it in our house! Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES - thanks for the lovely giveaway :o)

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  73. i think they would taste great as a sausage and pasta bake with lots of extra roasted veggies in there too.

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  74. Individual toad in the holes with mash peas and gravy

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  75. Richmond sausages in a tomato pasta bake and mozerella!

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  76. These would be great in a toad in the hole

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  77. It would have to be a Richmond chicken sausage casserole with chicken stock & vegetables YUM

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  78. These would be great in a curry x

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  79. Toad in the hole (JB)

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  80. My favourite sausage recipe has to be toad in the hole. It's a firm favourite here so I'll be trying the recipe you gave to give it a twist!

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  81. Toad in the Hole is my favourite sausage dish

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  82. Sausage Plait - a delicious, elegantly detailed dish, usually served with plain sausage meat filling. The chicken in these sausages would introduce a novel twist, and add a whole new zing!

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  83. Chicken sausage and lentil casserole I love healthy recipes would be lovely with some broccoli on the side

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  84. Sausage and Mash with gravy and yorkshire puddings

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  85. I'd love to make sausage casserole with onion gravy and mash

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  86. i would love to make a tasty toad in the hole with these sausages

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  87. Cowboy supper

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  88. Sausage sarnie - nice & simple!

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  89. Spicy sausage and bean casserole, lots of garlic and smoked paprika.

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  90. Sausage and pea carbonara

    Hazel Rea @beachrambler

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  91. Toad in the hole would be so yummy with these!

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  92. Sausage tomato and bean casserole with added chilli

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  93. Toad in the hole, mash, peas and onion gravy

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  94. Sausage and mash is always a winner but we also enjoy sausages as part of a mixed grill with mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and any other seasonal veggies that grill nicely.

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  95. Sausage casserole is delicious.

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  96. I'm make a dish called Halloween Chicken which is usually chicken breast with spicy sausages,butternut squash,pumpkin,chickpeas and potato's,with chicken stock and chilli flakes,i'd replace the chicken breast with the chicken sausages,and add paprika to the dish too x

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  97. I would make a gorgeous chicken sausage casserole.

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  98. Bbq sausage casserole, mash and purple sprouting

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  99. Jessica Barber25 May 2018 at 17:50

    I think these would be delicious in a pasta bake - wholewheat penne, chicken sausages, tomato, chilli and garlic sauce, and plenty of fresh veggies!

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  100. love sausage and onion casserole.

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  101. Just sausage, home made mash and mushy peas

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  102. I'd make sausage pasta for my children because it's one of their favourites.

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  103. Chicken sausage, peppers and tomato pasta bake :) Thanks for running this comp.

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  104. I would try to perfect a toad in the hole which I never seem to manage or use them in a homemade cassoulet

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  105. The day looks like a lot of fun. I wish my Yorkshire puddings turned out like yours! I’d like to try this toad in the hole recipe.

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  106. Who needs a recipe? I'd eat them on their own! Toad in the hole would be lush too though 😋

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  107. sausages, sweet potato mash, garden peas and onion gravy

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  108. Sausage and sage and onion stuffing pie!

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  109. Toas in the hole with gravy and salad

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  110. Helen Rosbotham26 May 2018 at 16:56

    I make a mean sausage jambalaya ��

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  111. sausage casserole always goes down great with family in the slow cooker

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  112. Sausage and leek bake with cider, layer sliced potato on top and finish with a little cheese.

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  113. Toad in the Hole is one of our favourites so would love to try with these new sausages

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  114. Cheese and onion toad in the hole!

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  115. sausages with pasta pesto and creme fraiche

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  116. Sausage and tomato casserole with rosemary, slow cooked on a low heat in the oven.

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  117. Toad in the hole with mash, leeks and chicken gravy

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  118. Hot dogs in rolls, with redcurrant jelly rather than ketchup

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  119. Toad in the Hole

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  120. I love casserole or sausage and pasta bake.

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  121. Love toad in the hole, would be great with creamy mash and lots of chicken gravy

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  122. In a lasagne: alternate layers of thinly-sliced sausage with Mediterranean vegetables in tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese on top; then served with a green salad. My kids would devour that. :)

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  123. These sound nice. I would make sausage hotpot

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  124. id try these with toad in the hole

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  125. My kids love Cowboy Pie so I'd try that!

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  126. Toad in the hole, with mashed potatoes, pea's and lots of gravy

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  127. We love toad in the hole with lots of veg and gravy :)

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  128. TOULOUSE SAUSAGE ROLL - it's currently our favourite SAUSAGE recipe so would be eager to see how it turned out.

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  129. I'd have chicken sausage and chorizo pasta with roasted red peppers - yay! :)

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  130. Toad in the hole

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  131. I love a simple meal of sausages, potatoes, veg and gravy.

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  132. Old fashioned Toad-in-the-hole. Does anyone else have it today? We love it.

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  133. I think they would be great in a risotto

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  134. I would do a sausage casserole with roasted veg and mash x

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  135. I love a good Toad in the Hole.

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  136. Toad in the hole. - Michelle Wild.

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  137. Has to be chicken sausage, cheese and spinach pasta - yum! (Jacqui Rushton)

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  138. Sausage Casserole or Toad in the hole, yum!

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  139. sausage casserole with chickpeas and carrots

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  140. I love sausages in pasta with a homemade tomato sauce, mushrooms, broccoli and bacon. Amazing!

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  141. Chicken sausage hotpot with lots of chunky vegetables - a great alternative to the usual main ingredient of beef.

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  142. I love a sausage casserole with cider

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  143. Chicken sausages in hot dog rolls served with pickle relish and salad. A healthy alternative at the bbq. Thanks for the chance to be your lucky winner

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  144. toad in the hole or all day breakfast

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  145. 'Scotch Hens' my version of a scotch egg made from the chicken sausage meat from chicken sausages. (Richmond Chicken Sausages would be perfect )

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  146. sausages with a butter bean,tomato and chorizo stew

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  147. I would make sausage casserole with mash and veg x

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  148. Love healthy recipes so I would make a sausage and lentil casserole

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  149. Bangers and mash is a family favourite so I'd try this first to see how the taste compared!!

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  150. delicious taod in the whole with red oinion gravy

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