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Sunday, August 18, 2013

toad in the hole


Toad in the hole. Not egg in a hole. This is yummier! The English don't really have a genre of culinary genius to boast, but there are most definitely a few cultural classics that are worth keeping around. This is one.

So easy. So delicious. Child pleaser. Man pleaser. This is man food all the way. You can keep it simple and serve with a tossed green salad, or whip up gravy and steamed and roasted veggies as well. A few extra Yorkies always goes far when there is gravy to mop up, so for an impressive meal or to stretch things a bit further for last minute guests it's a good idea to make an extra batch of Yorkshire puddings in a muffin tin and serve with gravy as a meal filler -- the way Yorkies were originally used anyway. This is pretty low-carb, but delicious. Use a good homemade bone broth thickened with a knob of butter and some flour into a rue as your gravy for the biggest nutritional bang.

First step. Cut up a 5-6 piece package of good thick sausages -- Italian sausages or bratwurst will pass fine -- into pieces. I like to cut into thirds or quarters. Don't try bite size, the sausage will get tough.

Cover with a drizzled coating of olive oil in a casserole dish, and roast until looking browned and properly cooked at 425 F. Time will vary as to the sausage and chunk size you choose, so use your own noggin.

Second step. Before the sausages are fully cooked, about 12 mins ahead, whip up Yorkshire Pudding batter.

1 c milk
4 oz flour (by weight -- it's not a half cup, more like 3/4 cup, but will vary per your flour type)
pinch Celtic sea salt
3 eggs
Beat smooth and set aside untouched for 10 mins.
Turn up the oven heat to 450 F.

At the end of this time, your sausages should be looking beautiful, the casserole dish should be well greased, and the oven should be hot. Pour batter all over the sausages into the hot dish.

Pop into the oven and leave for 20 minutes. Do not open the door during this time! The batter will puff up high and pretty. Best to serve this right out of the oven for maximum wow effect, as it will sink a little as it cools. 



For making individual Yorkies, make the same batter. One batch is the perfect amount for a 12 piece regular muffin tin, or 6 piece large size as you see in my pic. Preheat the tin in the oven, then spray grease each cup before filling about halfway with batter and popping right into the oven. Again, 20 mins at 450 F with the door closed.



2 comments:

  1. This looks amazing, Jean!! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I know it will be a big hit around here. :)

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    1. Glad you like it! We love this meal!

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