Toad in the hole
No toads in this recipe. Just good bangers and batter pud. It's all about personal taste, whilst the original was probably made with pork sausages, if you prefer smoked alligator sausages, make it with them instead!This recipe is based on the batter recipe from Delia Smith's famous cook book so has been proven time and again.
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
- 8 sausages of your choice
- 75 g (3 oz) plain flour, sifted
- 1 large free range egg
- 75 ml (3 fl oz) cold milk
- 55 ml (2 fl oz) water
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Splash of Louisiana hot pepper sauce or Tabasco sauce (optional)
- Place a roasting tin in the oven and preheat 220° C (425° F - gas 7)
- Fry the onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, in a frying pan for 4 minutes until the onions are soft.
- Partially cook the sausages by frying in the same pan together with the onions for another 4 minutes.
- Meanwhile add the remaining ingredients to a food processor and blitz until you have a smooth batter
- There should be enough fat from the sausages for the batter, if not, add a tablespoon of oil.
- Arrange the sausages and onions evenly in the tray and carefully heat the pan on the top of the oven for a 30 seconds so the oil bubbles then pour the batter mix over the sausages
- Bake for 30 minutes at 220° C (425° F - gas 7) on the highest shelf in the oven until risen
I'm always trying to improve recipes, this one included. Originally I used the smaller Le Crueset cast iron rectangular dish but have had better luck using a large roasting tray. I guess more room makes for a thinner batter which gets hotter and rises better. The original results can be seen on the comments page.