All-Irish toad-in-the-hole

All-Irish toad-in-the-hole Easy Food

Serves 2-3

30g beef dripping or lard
5-6 good-quality Irish sausages
2 eggs
100g plain flour, sifted
120ml whole Irish milk
50ml Irish red ale
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

To serve:
Onion gravy

  1. Preheat the oven to 220˚C/200˚C/gas mark 6.
  2. Place half of the lard or dripping in a pan over a medium heat and brown the sausages on all sides.
  3. Place the eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk until thick. Add the flour and milk bit by bit and beat until smooth. Stir in the ale and mustard and set aside for 15 minutes.
  4. Put the remaining lard in a roasting tin and place in the oven to heat.
  5. Once the sausages are browned and the batter has rested, remove the roasting tin and place over a medium heat. Pour in the fat from the sausage pan, then add the batter, which should sizzle as it hits the tin. Add the sausages and return to the oven.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the batter is well risen and golden, then serve immediately with peas and onion gravy.

Per serving: 380kcals, 22.1g fat (7.8g saturated), 29.1g carbs (2.5g sugars), 14.8g protein, 0.2g fibre, 0.327g sodium


Use vegetarian or turkey sausages in place of the pork ones, if desired. If making a veggie version, brown the bangers in vegetable oil instead of dripping or lard.


Make the batter in a large jug, which will make it easier to pour it into the hot fat in the baking dish.


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