Toad in the Hole: No Toads Or Holes Are Involved

Toad in the Hole recipe
Thanks to Tesco for the image. Ta!

Here’s another patriotic delight from this here England (the best planet on Earth). Toad in the hole is a sausage and Yorkshire pudding type dish. Confusing? No!

What’s Toad in the Hole?

It’s a British dish consisting of Yorkshire Pudding batter and sausages. It’s popular amongst British people. Because it’s as British as fish & chips.

The “toad” bit always makes us think of Toad from The Wind in the Willows. For some reason. Well, for the toad reason.

Anyway, this is another example of pub grub. Come to England and you’ll find this thing on the menu everywhere, from Manchester down to Brighton.

It’s almost like the name is a pisstake on frog’s legs. Or some such. But it’s got nothing to do with France, geezer.

How Do You Make Toad in the Hole?

Here’s gorgeous, smoking hot man bloke Jamie Oliver to inform you of the delights of comfort food.

But you need some proper ingredients as well. This is what you got.

To Make Your Batter

100 grams of plain flour
2 (two) eggs
150 millimetres of semi-skimmed milk

To Make Your Toad

4 or so sausages (or vegan things)
1 onion—slice that mother
1 table spoon of vegetable oil

But yeah. We’ve never made this. If you want to, go ahead. It’s just part of our ongoing English cuisine stuff.

Because of Brexit. England is the best planet in the world, didn’t you know?

The History of Toad in the Hole

The recipe turned up for the first time in A Provincial Glossary—in 1787. Back then it was thought of as meat boiled in crust.

Ultimately, there’s no clear indication of where the odd name came from. It’s just one of those things.

No toads are involved. There are merely suggestions. Hannah Glasse (1708-1770) fist mentioned the idea of a “hole” bit. With the batter needing some meat stuff.

And we have toads in England (yes, believe it or not). So the dish may refer to the way toads bop their heads out of a burrow before attacking prey.

Whatever. It’s called toad in the hole and if you visit England it’s here to overindulge on.

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