Mini Chilli Toad In The Hole

As a big toad in the hole fan, I just love this idea!!

Cooking Time: 45 mins – 1 hr

Serves: 6

To make 12 mini toads in the hole:

  • 150g plain flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • 150ml water
  • 2 rounded tblsp Sacla’ Fiery Chilli Pesto, 
  • plus extra to serve 
  • 6 thin slices pancetta, halved (works equally well with bacon)
  • 12 cocktail sausages
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 small red onions, peeled & cut through the root into 6 wedges
  • 12 small cherry tomatoes
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • You will also need a 12-hole muffin tin.


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C, 375°F, Gas Mark 5.
  2. Sieve the flour into a bowl, then make a well in the centre, break the eggs into it and add some seasoning.
  3. Using a small whisk, whisk the eggs into the flour incorporating the flour around the edges as you do.
  4. Gradually add the milk and water and whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the chilli pesto and whisk again to combine.
  6. Set aside at room temperature whilst you cook the sausages – this is thought to improve the batter.
  7. Wrap the pancetta around the sausages and add to a small roasting tin.
  8. Drizzle over a little oil and toss to lightly coat.
  9. Cook on the middle shelf for about 15 minutes until the sausages are lightly browned and the pancetta has crisped up, then remove.
  10. Increase the heat to 220°C, 425°F, Gas Mark 7.
  11. Next, pour enough oil to just cover the base of the muffin tins and preheat for 3-4 minutes until searing hot.
  12. Arrange a sausage, a piece of red onion and a cherry tomato in each tin, and quickly pour the batter around them to three-quarters fill.
  13. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 20-22 minutes until slightly risen and golden – they will not rise much due to the addition of the sausages and vegetables.
  14. Loosen from the tins and serve straight away with extra pesto to taste.

Recipe and photo credit by – Sacla

Claire Justine
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  1. Felix Lee
    28 November 2012 / 06:07

    That's a funny name for a dish, this is the first time I've heard it. Anything with pancetta/bacon is always good and this is no exception. Looks like a great snack!

    • Claire Justine
      2 December 2012 / 18:42

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Winnie
    27 November 2012 / 21:17

    These are really cuteNot for me as I'm a vegetarian, but still – looking great.Would be wonderful for parties

    • Claire Justine
      2 December 2012 / 18:38

      Thanks for the comment Winnie 🙂

  3. Katherine Phillips
    27 November 2012 / 18:02

    This looks delicious!!!

    • Claire Justine
      2 December 2012 / 18:37

      Thanks for the comment 🙂