A back to basics meal last night – my kids said they fancied something with sausages and that was filling, and my daughter was pining fro gravy. So…call for Mr Toad! You can’t beat Toad in the Hole for its wholesome simplicity, its naive goodness, its tempting aromas and alluring goldenness. It’s a cheap meal and yet when done right I’d pay a lot more for it! But no need…I cook it!
We ate it with steamed buttered kale – a real favourite green in our house. Oh..and of course, a thick onion gravy!
Ingredients for 4 folk in need of sustenance of the down to earth variety
8 good pork sausages – I used Cumberland with a high meat content
1 red onion – thinly sliced
1 white onion – thinly sliced
2 large eggs
175 ml milk
110 ml of water
175 gm plain flour
Salt and pepper
Pump up the oven to 220c. Open a bottle of red. Make the batter – sift flour into a bowl, break in the eggs, add the water and milk and use an electric hand whisk to blend them together. Season.
In a frying pan, fry the onions until soft and then put to one side. Then add the sausages and lightly brown them all over.
Pop a chunk of lard – about a big tablespoonful – into a dish – I used an oblong Le Creuset dish measuring 20 by 30 cm.
Place in the oven and leave until it is starting to sizzle – about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and add the sausages – they should sizzle. (Love that word!) Then pour the onions over them. Finally, pour over the batter ensuring it gets into all corners – put back into the oven for 40 minutes until the top is crisp and golden and seriously plumped up.
I am sure you all have your own versions of this – but this is the one that works for me and although I do not make it often, when I do, it fills me with an enormous sense of well being!
As well as sausages and batter!