2 February 2014

Not-So-Naughty Little Toads

So it turns out that today is British Yorkshire Pudding Day. Which is a concidence as I had already decided that this Sunday I wanted to indulge in some wonderful Yorkshire pud. However, I wanted to look into how I could make something delicious yet not too naughty. 

That's how I came up with these little toads in the hole made with venison sausages.

Venison - and game in general - is one of the healthiest meats you can eat. It's low in fat, low in cholesterol, high in protein and because the animals are usually grass fed naturally the meat is unaltered through breeding. Since venison is exceptionally lean and doesn't have all the fat layered throughout the meat, it cooks very quickly which made these sausages perfect for my recipe. 

There are 116 calories in one venison sausage and they taste great.

You will need:
110g plain flour
A large pinch of salt
2 large eggs
Approximately 100ml semi-skimmed milk
3 venison sausages
6 sprigs of rosemary
Sunflower oil

Makes 6 Little Toads

1. Prepare the Yorkshire pudding mix a few hours in advance of cooking: start by sieving the flour into a bowl. Add the salt and make a well in the middle. Break in your eggs and whisk them, gradually incorporating the flour, until thick and smooth. Slowly add the milk, whisking all the time, until you have a consistency like single cream. Transfer the mix to a jug, cover with clingfilm and refrigerate. Remove from the fridge about 15 minutes before cooking.

2. Preheat your oven to 250C (you need your oven very hot). Add a teaspoon of sunflower oil into six holes in your muffin tin. Place in the oven to get bubbling hot.

3. Cut each sausage in half and prepare your sprigs of rosemary.

4. Check the consistency of your Yorkshire mix - it usually thickens in the fridge. If required, add a little more milk to bring it back to single cream consistency.

5. Now carefully remove the tin from the oven - shutting the oven door behind you - then as quickly as you can fill each hole 1/3 full with the mixture. Pop in half a sausage upright in each hole (stop sniggering!) along with the rosemary. Carefully place back in the oven and cook for around 12-15 minutes until puffed up and golden.

Serve with sweet potato mash, gravy and fruity chutney!

I hope you've all had a great weekend!

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  1. These look SO delicious! Great recipe, I'll have to try it out!

  2. Definitely going to make these! They look fantastic!

  3. Just delightful :)
    I love the idea of making mini ones and I'm such a big fan of game and wild animals
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    1. Me too, it's so yummy! It was my favourite thing to cook at cookery school (except for plucking the pheasant!) x

  4. Wow! These look absolutely amazing!

    <3 That Curious Cat

  5. This is like 'posh toad in the hole', i love this idea for a dinner party.


  6. I blame you for putting that naughty thought into my head Miss! Game is literally amazing. I don't understand people that don't like/agree with it. I always beg my dad for meat when he goes shooting!

    Katie <3

    1. Agreed, it tastes so good! I couldn't go and shoot anything myself I have to admit but I'm always GAME for eating it (mwah mwah...) xx

  7. Mmm I love these healthy recipes you keep giving us. These look delicious, and so cute in their little pan. B xx

  8. I’m definitely going to make these, such a good idea! Love the rosemary addition too!x

  9. Caroline those look incredible!!!
    I've never had venison sausages, but I've tried wild boar and it is so good. Love the fact that game meat is actually good for you.
    Saving this recipe for when I have some friends over, definitely has a wow factor!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  10. Happy British Yorkshire Pudding day! :D I literally love yorkshire puddings so much and these look amazing! I'm definitely going to try them out!

    Olivia xxx

  11. Oh, scrummy! What a cool idea . I'd love to try venison sausages soon!

  12. Seriously in love with venison sausages as our local farmers market at home sells the most delicious sorts.
    Brilliant skinny recipe. Smothered in fruity chutney... Completely unbeatable!
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  13. I am literally salivating at my desk right now!


  14. oh my goosh this loooks soo yummi:) i'm so hungry now lol.

    lots of love xx

  15. These look absolutely delicious! xx

  16. Yummy! Would be perfect with beer :D

  17. this is restaurant material! i'm not a huge eater of sausages, but this i can get behind. x

  18. Thanks for the inspiration -made these last night as had got venison sausages out of the freezer yesterday morning!! So yummy!

    Rosie xx

    1. Rosie, that's great! I'm so pleased you enjoyed them! :D

      Thanks for all the comments guys; if you give them a try too then do let me know! xx

  19. Despite making me continually hungry or thirsty, I love your blog! Therefore, I have nominated you! http://nevertoohappy.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/liebster-award/

    1. That's so kind of you, thank you!! x

  20. Oooh yummy! Being a Yorkshire gal through and through, I often indulge in our County's favourite puds with a slice or two of roast beef. These little creations would make a lovely alternative to the one's I usually serve up. Definitely going to have a go.

    The Vino Years

  21. I love making toad in the hole, and this seems perfect for making it to share!

    Becks xo

  22. Delicious. Making these soon.


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