Monday, 28 March 2011

Toad In The Hole Recipe

'Toad in the hole' is a traditional English dish - and one of those ones that tends to startle people the first time they hear of it, because it's just such a strange name. Thankfully there are no actual toads involved.

The traditional recipe consists of sausages cooked in a yorkshire pudding batter. Of course, I use vegetarian sausages, and I like to mix mine up a bit by including some vegetables in the mix - sometimes I even make a variation by increasing the quantities of vegetables, and skipping the sausages altogether.

By making individual portions, it's easier to use different sausages if you're catering for both vegetarians and meat-eaters, and I also think it looks nicer on the plate. The baking trays I use are about five by seven inches.

Toad In The Hole Recipe
Serves 4

6 medium eggs
12oz plain flour
10fl.oz milk
4tbsp sunflower oil
1 courgette (zucchini)
1 red pepper
4 small red onions
8 large sausages

  1. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and a little milk to the well, and combine with a whisk.
  2. Gradually add the remaining milk, and beat the batter until there are no lumps left. Whisk it a little more to create bubbles.
  3. Put one tablespoon of oil in each of four small baking trays, and heat in the oven at 200°C
  4. Chop the peppers and courgettes into inch-square pieces, and quarter the onions.
  5. Add the sausages and vegetables to the hot oil, and return to the oven for ten minutes.
  6. Give the batter another quick whisk, then divide between the baking trays (I pour the batter in to the side and allow it to flow around the sausages and vegetables).
  7. Bake for a further twenty minutes, or until the batter has risen and the sausages cooked through.


LindyLouMac in Italy said...

My children used to enjoy Toad in the Hole, cannot remember when we last cooked that, might just do so now you have reminded me :)

rosaria said...

Never had it. Your recipe is easy to follow. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I've always assumed that the name was a reflection of juvenile humour - if such it can be called! - like Squashed Fly Pie, which we used to get at school...

Pity the poor exchange students coming in to lunch some days...

Johanna GGG said...

never seen vegetables in toad in the hole - love the idea

Chef E said...

This is one dish I would like to try, but hubby does not like sausage, so I do not buy it...seems it is similar to the pigs in a blanket dish we make here...again, I just do not buy them, not even the veggie versions...maybe I should :)

carma said...

despite the odd name and interesting look, I bet it's tasty!

Charlotte said...

Ooooh, this sounds pretty tasty (and I'd also use your suggestion of making it with veggie sausages). Mmmmm!

Stuff could always be worse said...

I have not heard of "toad in a hole" sounds great!

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