Welcome to my toad in the hole recipe on a budget.
If you haven’t gathered from the title, our theme for May is all about frugal cooking and enjoying frugal family meals without it breaking the bank.
I have always considered myself to be fairly frugal. I love to cook from scratch which often brings the price down; due to the fact we don’t eat many processed foods we tend to stay clear of brands and apart from our love for salmon our fish and meat purchases tend to be of the cheap variety.
This means that we eat a lot of pork, a lot of fresh vegetables, buy loads of whole chickens that we chop up and always make our own pate from chicken livers.
But we set ourselves the challenge for this month to reduce our grocery shopping by 20% and the recipes for this month are all inspired by this.
Whenever I think of frugal family meals, I don’t know why but the first thing that enters my head is “toad in the hole”. Some cheap sausages, a quick batter from low cost ingredients and you have a fantastic meal. My kids love this. I love this and the hubby also adores it. So it is a table pleaser whether we want to save money or not.
I am always a big fan of meals with sausages and instead of casseroles this makes a fantastic change.
Dominic makes this really quickly and it is often on the menu on a Sunday or sometimes we have it during the week for the two of us while Kyle is at school. Serve it with some steamed vegetables, mash and gravy and you have that complete meal for the family.
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How Frugal Is Toad In The Hole?
Our toad in the hole recipe works out at 1,47€ for a family of four or 0,36€ each. Or if you are based in America then this is just $0.41 per mouth that you have to feed!
Preheat the oven to 220c. Place your sausages in a deep casserole dish and cook for 15 minutes.
While your sausages are in the oven cooking make your batter. Mix flour and seasoning in a bowl, add your egg and stir with a wooden spoon. Add your milk gradually until you have a nice batter. Add the milk a little at a time so that you don’t end up with a watery batter. Beat well and put to one side.
Once your sausages have been cooking for 15 minutes pour over your batter and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Serve with mash and gravy.
Toad in the hole is made best with thick sausages so avoid the skinny type.