4. England – Toad in the Hole

Happy Diamond Jubilee Queen Elizabeth! The best thing about it all is we get a holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Birthday. Today I decided to cook a dinner that’s very English in flavour.

Toad in the Hole is a traditional English dish, consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter. It’s thought that the resemblance of a toad sticking it’s head out of a hole gives the dish it’s unusual name. I’m not so sure mine looked like that! It was pretty delicious nonetheless, served with mashed potato and onion gravy.

This recipe is from English chef Nigel Slater.

Toad in the Hole
Serves 4

2 eggs
300ml milk
Pinch of salt
125g plain flour
3 tbsp lard or dripping (I used olive oil)
6 pork sausages

1. Set the oven at 220 degrees. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and beat in the flour. Rest the batter for a while.
2. Heat the fat in a small roasting tin or baking dish until it starts to smoke. Add the sausages and let them colour on all sides, then while the oil and sausages are smoking hot, pour in the batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes until puffed and golden.

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Served with onion gravy, mashed potato and beans, real winter comfort food.

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