Toad-in-the-hole with red onions & thyme batter

Toad-in-the-hole with red onions & thyme batter

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Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4
A low-fat version of a warming, comforting classic

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal293
  • fat7g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein23g
  • salt2.36g
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  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges, layers separated
  • 8 thick low-fat pork sausages
  • 1 tsp olive oil
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For the batter

  • 100g plain flour
  • 1 medium egg



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  • 300ml skimmed milk
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaf
  • steamed carrots and cabbage, to serve



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  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6/fan oven 180C. Tip the onions into a small shallow non-stick tin (about 23x30cm/ 9x12in). Arrange the sausages on top of the onions, then add the oil and roast for 20 minutes.

  2. While they are roasting, make the batter. Sift the flour into a bowl, drop the egg in to the centre and beat in the milk a little at a time until it makes a smooth batter. Stir in the mustard and thyme and season.

  3. Pour the batter quickly into the tin and return to the oven for 40 minutes until the batter is risen and golden. Serve with steamed carrots and cabbage.

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25th Dec, 2012
Excellent, whole family loved it
14th Oct, 2012
5stars for this recipe, sieving the flour males it light and fluffy and the thyme adds an extra dimension. This is now my defintive batter recipe
3rd Oct, 2012
Really lovely. Tasted delicious and looked great too! Much easier than I thought it might be. Very impressed and I will definately be doing this dish again. Thank you.
21st Aug, 2012
I added an egg white to make the batter lighter. It was a nice variation on the traditional recipe made specially nice with fresh thyme from the garden.
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15th Aug, 2012
I thought that this was a tasty and filling dish. It had a lovely flavour but the only downside was the slightly soggy batter at the bottom of the dish, which is why I have given it 4* not 5*.
6th Feb, 2012
Fiancee made this. Like others was a little soggy but didn't bother us at all as prefer it like that than crunchy! We loved it though and will definately have it again!
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18th Jan, 2012
This was delicious. Only ended up using around 200 mL of milk though for the batter, and it was fine! Also added 1 tsp of baking powder to make the pudding fluffier.
30th Nov, 2011
Loved this dish and can't believe how low in calories it is. found it really easy to make and would have again.
24th Nov, 2011
Cooked for my family, and everyone cleaned their plates! I cut the red onions thinly so they weren't overly powerful. The thyme made the batter the best I'd ever eaten. To stop the batter being soggy, make it up (minus herbs and mustard) before putting the sausages in, and then place the batter into the fridge for the twenty minutes whilst the sausages are roasting! :) Pour onto hot oil and no soggy bottom! :D So yummy! Will be making again :)
14th Sep, 2011
This has to be the best toad in the hole ever!!! Everone in our house demolished it within minutes, the batter is just so delicious! However I need to make two lots just for extra yorkshire pud! lovely, wholeheartedly reccommend!


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