Family Meal Using Eggs – Shortcut Eggspert Challenge March

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2 medium sized eggs

2 sachets of ready made batter mix (I know that’s a bit of a cheat but they are seriously amazing and very cheap!)

400ml of cold water

14 sausages (I actually had two brands as I realised I only had 6 and needed to feed 5 people so ran to our off license)

6 decent sized cooking potatoes

vegetables of choice, ours were Spring Greens and frozen mixed vegetables

  • Preheat oven to 200c. Place sausages on a baking tray and cook for 20 minutes on one side. (In all the books I read on how to make toad in the hole they said to cook for just 5 minutes, I wasn’t happy with this so made up my own recipe with the guidance of my Grandad)
  • Whilst the sausages cook, measure 400ml of cold water into a measuring jug. Add the sachets of batter mixes and 2 medium eggs. Whisk until you have a runny smooth jug of batter mix with zero lumps. Leave to stand.
  • Chop your potatoes ready to make the mash. I recommend to chop them small to make sure they all cook nicely as we like our mash to be fluffy. Put into a saucepan with water covering them and a couple of cm more! Put your vegetables into a saucepan of water too!


  • Put some oil in the bottom of a roasting tin. Take the sausages out of the oven, they should be browning up by now, place them into the baking tray giving them a little shake to be covered with oil. Then pour the batter mix around the sausages, not over them!
  • Put the roasting tin back in the oven. Cook for a further 30 minutes or until the batter have rose and turned a nice golden brown colour. Turn on your hobs to start boiling the vegetables and potatoes.


  • Everything should be ready at once, make sure your potatoes are really soft as there’s nothing worse than having lumps in your mash. Drain your vegetables and potatoes separately. Serve portions of veg onto each of your plates.


  • To make the mash potato I like to use milk and butter. Pour some milk over the potatoes in a saucepan, I’d say about two to three table spoons worth. Then put a good amount of butter in too, I’d say around two table spoons. Using a masher, mash potato until fluffy. You may need to add more butter or less depending on how you like your mash. Serve onto plates.
  • Cut the toad in the hole into portions and serve onto plates. And there you have it a wonderful main meal using eggs!

DSC_1273This was my very first attempt of making toad in the hole and I’m really pleased with it. I know I did kind of cheat by using the batter mix, but when you have two daughters running around and a Grandad to entertain that day it was the only way I could keep control and keep sane!! Everyone loved this meal and it really is a simple one to do!

(This is my post as part of the Britmums & British Lion Eggs Shortcut Eggspert March challenge to create a main meal using eggs)

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