In an elegant English restaurant when the waiter places the toad in the hole on your table, you might wonder where the amphibian is concealing in the dish. Toad in the hole is no doubt a misnomer. There is indeed no toad in the dish. This traditional English dish is a sumptuous blend of Yorkshire pudding and sausage. It is quiet easy to make toad in the hole, which you can try at home.
Eight large pork sausages
Two large onions, finely sliced
Four cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
Three tablespoons of vegetable oil
One tablespoon of mustard
One tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
Two teaspoons of rosemary
Four tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
100 grams flour
500ml of vegetable or chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Method of preparation
Crack the egg and mix it with the flour. Mix the milk with the water and gradually pour it in the flour and egg mixture to make a thick batter. Blend the ingredients properly, so that no lumps are left in the batter.
Put some vegetable oil in a baking tin. Place the baking tin in a preheated oven. When the oil becomes hot, place the sausages on the tray, and scatter the onion slices over the sausages. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, until the sausages attain a light brown color. Now remove the baking tray from the oven and pour the batter over the baked sausages. Sprinkle rosemary on the batter. Return the baking tin into the oven and allow it to remain in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes or until the batter becomes crispy and golden.
To prepare the gravy, heat vegetable oil in a pan. Add the onions and garlic, and fry on medium heat for about five minutes, until the onion becomes soft and translucent. Add the balsamic vinegar, and cook until the vinegar is reduced to half. Add the Worcestershire sauce and the mustard and add the stock. When the gravy begins to boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to the gravy.
Now place the baked sausages on a serving bowl and pour the gravy on top of it. Serve your toad in the hole with baked beans, cabbage and mashed potato.