Today I've decided to introduce a new a category of posts to this site I call a food blog. "Seriously Funny Sounding Dishes" it will be called. That's because if you're like me, you may have always wondered what dishes like, "Toad In The Hole" in the were.
Now, you're in luck because occasionally we might post a "Spotted Dick" or a variation of. Not today though because up to bat right now is one I know I've always wondered about. It's the one and only Toad In The Hole hailing all the way from our friends across the sea, none other than the English. It is very English indeed, from Yorkshire to be exact. There's apparently some history to this dish as it goes all the way back to 1861 and no there are no toad parts in this dish so you can all breathe a sigh of relief. Although, truth be toad.. (forgive my crazy sense of humor) those sausages in the batter could almost be mistaken for a toad. Without further ado I present to you the recipe for Toad In The Hole.
4 sausage links (I prefer Aidells Cajun Style Andouilee Smoked Pork Sausage which is All Natural)
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
Add a sprinkle of pepper
Using cooking spray, grease a glass casserole dish, and place it in the oven.
Set the oven to 425 degrees F, and allow it to pre-heat.
While the oven, and the casserole dish, are pre-heating, prepare the batter and the sausages.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
Cut the sausages in half length-wise.
Place the sausage halves in the pan.
Brown the sausages on both sides.
While the sausages are browning, make the batter.
Using a large bowl, mix together the flour with salt and your sprinkle of pepper.
In a separate bowl, beat the eggs with the milk.
Melt the butter, and add it to the egg mixture.
Pour the egg mixture into the flour, and stir until smooth.
Carefully place the browned sausages cut side down into the pre-heated casserole dish.
Pour the batter over the sausages.
Bake for 30 minutes, or until batter has risen, and is golden on the edges.
Toads in the hole is delicious served with buttered pasta.