Toad in the Hole is the whimsically named dish that's full of total deliciousness and comfort. Not to mention easy!
Toad in the hole is easy, British comfort food and if you’ve ever had Yorkshire pudding, you’ll know that this dish is taken to the next level by adding British sausage.
In typical fashion, there’s no carved in stone origin for the name, but the story I know is that it resembles toads poking their heads above a crevice. In any event, the name origin of this dish is as dodgy as its given name.
Just like many other British recipes, this dish is thrifty in nature. Good pork sausage is preferred and I’m lucky that my local grocery store carries British bangers, but any sausage you like can also be used.
The batter is a simple, flour egg and milk mixture that is poured over the sausages that are roasted in a very hot oven in a casserole dish (or a cast iron skillet as I used). The batter rises over the sausages to make it look like a pudding.
I gave 2 cooking vessel options in the recipe, a standard 9 x 13-inch baking dish, or cast iron skillet, which makes for a nice presentation when you bring it to the table. My skillet measures 9 x 9 inches, so I cut the recipe in half and split between 2 pans when I use this serving method.
Originating from the early 18th Century, which is when batter recipes started to become popular, toad in the hole is most typically served with onion gravy (the recipe can be found in my Food Fanatic post bangers and mash) and your favorite vegetables.
I’d like to close with a humorous disclaimer: No toads were harmed in the making of this dish.
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