Classic Toad in the Hole with Onion Gravy

It’s been getting colder, the days getting shorter and the need for all things comforting increasing. I went to the butcher and managed to get hold of some local recipe sausages. Toad in the Hole would be it. With some gravy and mash. Proper British.

toad in the hole, onion gravy, mashed potatoes and broccoli

What you will need
Sausages of your choice
1/2 pint of milk
120g flour
3 eggs
Pinch of salt and pepper
2 onions
2 garlic cloves
90ml balsamic vinegar
Stock cube

frying sausages

I started off by frying my sausages and made the batter while they were cooking. I find the best way for Yorkshire pudding batter is to put it all in a bowl and whisk furiously. It’ll all come right in the end. I was also clever enough to plan ahead, pre-heat the oven as hot as it would go and heat some oil in a dish.

making onion gravy onion gravy

When the oil was hot out of the oven, I put the sausages in and then back to the oven for a bit more cooking and to put flavour into the oil. After about 5 minutes, I poured the batter over the sausages and tucked it all back into the oven. As it is so temperamental I let it do it’s thing until golden brown and everything else was ready.

To make the gravy, add the sliced onions and garlic to some butter and fry until the onions are softened. I was a bit dubious about using vinegar as I would always choose red wine but after trying it I would definitely do it again.

toad in the hole

Add the vinegar and let it reduce by half. Add the thyme, salt and pepper and then crumble in the stock cube and add some water (or as I did use the water from the broccoli I was boiling). Continue to reduce until it’s as thick as you like it.

I was rather proud of the fluffy mess I extracted from the oven and I served it with cabbage and chive mash, broccoli and the balsamic onion gravy.
It was just what the doctor ordered.
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  1. says

    Heh, I like the “proper British” comment. I’ve definitely been feeling like some comfort food lately and I think a giant bowl of the cabbage chive mash sounds like the perfect answer! 🙂

  2. says

    Cabbage and chive mash sounds just amazing! Yum. I am in the need of a big warm bowl of food right now, and this sure does look good! Thanks for sharing it with me!

  3. says

    This is nothing that I expected. In the U.S. this would be an egg cooked in the hole of a piece of bread. One of my favorite breakfasts. This looks much more filling, savory and incredibly delicious though!

  4. says

    Thank you for the comments, glad you’re all interested!
    Laywer Loves Lunch and Monet, hope you get to eat some yummy chive mash soon.
    Rick, it’s definitely worth a try.
    Mom chef, the eggs in bread sound really good to me.
    Chef Dennis, it’s a must try indeed! A very interesting question as no one I know has a clue where the name comes from. The explanation I have heard most is that it looks like a toad sticking its head out of a hole. I’m not entirely sure I agree with it though…

  5. says

    This sounds excellent! A definite must-try. I’ve never made yorkshire pudding- sounds delicious! And I actually have everything I’d need in the refrigerator and the pantry so perhaps this will be on the menu for tonight :] I have a red pepper sausage- think that will work? Thanks for posting!

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