I’m pretty sure that all English people would know this dish and most people who have moved to England would have heard about it. However, I don’t think it’s a well known dish outside the country. At least being Danish I had never heard about it.
When I moved over here my English wasn’t brilliant a bit the opposite in fact and I had many funny experiences with the English language. Luckily with the years it has improved massively, I may make another post at one time in regards to the stupid things I have said or misunderstood… I can reveal that one which was about confusing the word prosecution and prostitution whilst working on a technical helpline (and no I never worked within the prostitution profession neither on the phone or in real life!).
I do, remember the first time I saw the dish Toad in the hole on a Pub menu, I think it was at a Weatherspoon and there was no way I was going to order a TOAD… LoL you learn and live.
Anyhow, being pregnant, I haven’t really fancied sausages, but hitting 37 weeks, there is one thing I have started to crave… you guessed it sausages. Now luckily Toddler “Blip” loves sausages and so does the husband. I didn’t just fancy sausages but the comfort of “Toad in the hole” which literally is sausages in a Yorkshire pudding batter (more or less).
However, the husband is still doing his Low Carb diet and actually doing very well, gone from 112kg to 101kg. So there was no way of me making him a traditional “Toad in the hole” dish. Therefore, I made the traditional one for me and Toddler “Blip” and a low carb option for the husband, which he said tasted amazing. The only critique he had of the dish was that I used too small sausages (I used what I had in the freezer) so bad luck. I will do a separate blog for the Low Carb option, to avoid doing two of everything I made one gravy that could go for both dishes and also served it with a delicious salad on the side.
Toddler “Blip” at a whole portion and cucumbers! Happy mummy!
Please note that I have written down the recipe for the full portion so for 4 people, and not half portion as I did today.
Toad in the hole
8 Large Good Quality Sausages (or 12 Smaller sausages such as Chipolatas)
1-2 tbsp veg oil
140g Plain Flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1 teaspoon thyme (fresh is best)
1 onion medium
2 cloves of garlic
1 sprig of thyme or one teaspoon dried
250 ml of chicken stock (I used a stock cube)
50 ml of double cream
Heat the oven to 220C if traditional, 200C if Fan Oven
Put the sausages in a 20×30 cm Roasting tin, with 1 tbsp of Oil, then bake for around 15 minutes until the sausages are nice and brown.
Whilst your sausages are cooking, you should make the batter. Add all the dry ingredients in a bowl, stir it will then make a well in the middle and crack in the two eggs. Now mix it together, either with an electric whisk or with a normal standard mix. When the mixture has come together, slowly add the Milk a bit at a time. Keep whisking until the batter is nice and smooth. Now, leave the batter until your sausages are nice and brown.
Now, I like to remove the sausages from the roasting tin, put the tin on top of the stove and turn on the heat so the fat gets nice and hot, it has to be almost sizzling if very little fat in the roasting tin add the extra veg oil. Then slowly pour in the batter mixture, and place the sausages on top of the batter and transfer the roasting tin into the top shelf of the warm oven. It will now take around 25-30 minutes to cook.
If you want to make the onion gravy you can do this whilst the batter and sausages finish off in the oven.
Firstly, finely slice the onion and crush the garlic, then put in a medium frying pan with a tablespoon of oil. Fry them until they are nice and soft. Then add some fresh thyme to the mixture and sauté for another 30 seconds, before adding the chicken stock. Now, reduce the stock to about half then add the cream and let it nicely reduce to a consistency you like. Serve with the toad in the hole.
It’s best served straight away. As you can see from my picture, I had to serve it a bit later as I had to collect Toddler “Blip” from nursery. Unfortunately, this meant it slightly collapsed.
Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said
These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per July 2017)
Toad in the Hole:
Veg oil 3p
Plain Flour 5p
Mustard powder 10p
Total price: for Toad in the Hole = £2.98, per portion 75p with onion gravy 85p)
Chicken stock 5p
Double cream 14p
Total price: 40p, 10p per portion