Pigs in blankets toad in the hole

Is there anything better than pigs in blankets at Christmas? There is now. We’ve turned everyone’s favourite Christmas side dish into a delicious toad in the hole that the family won’t want to miss. This recipe is sure to be a hit and a must-have on your dinner table.

Cooking Method

  1. Pour the flour and mustard powder into a bowl and beat the eggs until smooth. Whisk in the milk a bit at a time, until it has all been incorporated and the batter is free of lumps. Season and put to one side.
  2. Wrap one bacon rasher around each sausage. The batter and the pigs in blankets will stay covered and chilled, separately for up to 12 hours.
  3. Heat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Drizzle the oil into a big, deep roasting tin or enamel baking dish and put it in the oven for a few minutes to warm up.
  4. Carefully add the pigs in blankets and pour back and forth to coat in the hot oil. Roast for 15-20 mins, turning over halfway through until sizzling and browned.
  5. Gently take the tin out of the oven and quickly pour the batter around the pigs in blankets. Put back in the oven and bake for 25 mins without opening the oven door.
  6. When the pigs in blankets toad in the hole is ready, it should be puffed up and deep golden brown. If you prefer it to be a darker brown, bake for an extra 5 mins.

The Ingredients

What to serve with pigs in blankets toad in the hole

There are a number of different side dish options to serve with pigs in blankets toad in the hole, the most common of which being a nice gravy and steamed green veg. However, other tasty sides for this hearty meal include:

  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cauliflower cheese
  • Roasted garlic potatoes
  • Carrot and swede mash
  • Baked beans

Frequently Asked Questions

Toad in the hole batter needs to be very light and airy and risen above the sausages. If your batter looks sunken and undercooked, you should make sure you’re using plain flour and not self-raising and you have kept the oven door closed throughout baking time. These are some of the common reasons the batter might not cook as it should. The sausages might also be too close together.

It’s always best to cook toad in the hole in an enamel dish or metal roasting tin. This is because glass isn’t a very good conductor of heat, so it can be tricky to get the oil hot enough for the batter to crisp up properly.

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