Toad In The Hole

Toad In The Hole

Toad In The Hole

 

SERVES: 4
PREP TIME: 30 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients

  • Sunflower oil
  • 8 higher-welfare sausages
  • 4 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 large red onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 knobs of unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 level tablespoon vegetable stock powder or 1 organic vegetable stock cube

Batter

  • 285 ml milk

  • 115 g plain flour

  • 3 large free-range eggs

STEP 1

Whisk the batter ingredients together with a pinch of sea salt, and put to one side. I like the batter to go huge so the key thing is to have an appropriately-sized baking tin – the thinner the better – as we need to get the oil smoking hot.

STEP 2

Put 2 tablespoons of sunflower oil into a baking tin, then place on the middle shelf of your oven at its highest setting (240–250ºC/475ºF/gas 9). Place a larger tray underneath it to catch any oil that overflows from the tin while cooking.

STEP 3

When the oil is very hot, add the sausages – keep an eye on them and allow them to colour until lightly golden.

STEP 4

At this point, take the tin out of the oven, being very careful, and pour the batter over the sausages. Throw a couple of sprigs of rosemary into the batter.

STEP 5

It will bubble and possibly even spit a little, so carefully put the tin back in the oven, and close the door. Don't open it for at least 20 minutes, as Yorkshire puddings can be a bit temperamental when rising. Remove from the oven when golden and crisp.

STEP 6

For the onion gravy, peel and finely slice the onions and garlic, then simply fry off in the butter on a medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until they go sweet and translucent. You could add a little thyme or rosemary here, if you like. Add the balsamic vinegar and allow it to cook down by half.

STEP 7

At this point, I do cheat a little and add a stock cube or powder. You can get some good ones in the supermarkets now that aren't full of rubbish. Sprinkle this in and add a little water. Allow to simmer and you'll have a really tasty onion gravy.

STEP 8

Serve at the table with the Toad in the hole, mashed potatoes, greens and baked beans or maybe a green salad if you're feeling a little guilty!

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