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Toad In The Hole

This stuff may sound weird, but it tastes great!

Well here’s a strange name for a recipe: Toad in the hole. Not to be confused with eggs in the basket (an egg cooked in a hole cut in toast), toad in the hole is a distinctly British recipe combining two very British foods: sausage, and Yorkshire pudding.

Toad in the hole is a relatively simple dish ingredient-wise, however it can be hard to perfect. The trick is to preheat the casserole dish. Serve this meal with an onion gravy, or a mustard, and with a side of vegetables and mashed potatoes. Keep reading below for this wonderful recipe…

Toad in the Hole

(makes 4 servings)


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound bangers (British sausages) or good quality sausage links
  • 2 large yellow onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon beef bullion cube


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and pepper. Make a well in the center of the flour. Pour in the eggs, milk, and 2 tablespoons melted butter and whisk until the flour is smooth. Cover and let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Coat the bottom and sides of an 8″x12″ casserole dish with a high smoke pointvegetable oil. Set the oven rack in the lower-third of the oven. Place the empty casserole dish on the rack and preheat the oven to 425F.
  3. While the oven is heating, heat a tablespoon of oil on a skillet on medium heat. Add the sausages and brown them on at least a couple sides. When the sausages have browned and the dish in the oven is hot, pull the oven rack out a bit. Put the sausages in the casserole dish, and pour the batter over the sausages, throwing the sprigs of rosemary in with the batter. Cook for 20-30 minutes, or until the batter is risen and golden. Do not open the oven too soon, or the batter will collapse.
  4. While the dish cooks, cook the onions and remaining 2 tablespoons butter in the skillet until the onions have softened and browned (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and thyme and saute 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook it down to about half. Add the bullion cube and stir. Sprinkle with a little water, let simmer, then serve with the toad in the hole.
  5. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted fromJamie Oliver