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Apologies for re-posting this but I somehow got a bit click happy this morning and deleted the original post :S
There are 3 meals that are guaranteed to get all four of my family to sit down at the table together: Toad in the Hole, Shepherd’s Pie and Sausage Casserole.
Although all three of them are easy enough to rustle up, I have found Toad in the Hole by far the easiest to whip up and also the cheapest to rustle up for two or more people.
A couple of days ago, a friend of mine asked me for my recipe for Toad in the Hole, and as I have just made one, I thought I would post an entry on it, just in case anyone else is curious 🙂
Ingredients to serve 4
1) Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7/ 425˚F / 220˚C
2) Spray fry-light or pour a little bit of oil into the bottom of a casserole dish. Just enough to cover the base. This cooks the sausages and stops the batter from sticking. Too much and the batter will be incredibly greasy and will drip oil when you take it out.
3) Place the sausages into the dish. Make sure they are evenly spaced, with enough space between each sausage and between the edges of the dish to allow the batter to surround them.
4) Once the oven has heated up, I usually leave it for 10 minutes to do so, place the dish in the oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
5) Whilst the sausages are cooking, take a measuring jug and add the flour. Add the 4 eggs and, using a fork or a whisk, start combining the two. It may get very lumpy and gooey at the stage, and it’s fine to add a little of the milk to thin it out a little.
6) Once the egg and the flour are combined, Gradually add the rest of the milk and mix until it is smooth and lump free. Add a couple of pinches of salt (2 should do) and mix it through.
7) Leave the jug in the fridge if there is still time.
8) Once the sausages have had their allotted time in the oven, CAREFULLY bring out the dish and slowly pour the batter around the sausages.
9) Place the dish back into the oven and cook for a further 30 – 35 minutes.
Take care to not open the oven door until at least 25 minutes have past or you run the risk of the batter shrinking. The batter will shrink a little once you take it out of the oven but if you open the door too soon, it has the tendency to not puff up as much to begin with.
Average price for whole dish 8 sausages: £1.99
Average price per person: 50p
Here is our dinner fresh out of the oven. I served it with mash potato, carrots and peas and some gravy.
Hope this helps and Bon Appetit! 🙂