When I was growing up, money was tight. Coming from a family of four kids in a primarily single-income home, we didn’t go without but we certainly didn’t have a swimming pool full of cash like Scrooge McDuck. My Mum was a master when it came to making little food stretch a long way. Toad in the Hole was one of those meals that cost little and went a long way. Ah yes, a childhood favourite. We all know how much I love Yorkshire Pudding and Toad in the Hole is essentially just sausages baked in yorkshire pudding batter. And, while traditionally you make this with whole sausages, my mum would cut the sausages up which seems to make them go further. This is how I did it as well.
Side dishes. Tonight I really struggled with this one. I opened the pantry, closed the pantry, opened the fridge, closed the fridge, opened the other pantry, closed the other pantry … and repeated. Twice. With zero inspiration. I settled on couscous which was nice enough, though didn’t really “go” with the Toad in the Hole. *shrug*.
Toad in the Hole
250ml Milk (I used Soy Milk)
Fill a roasting dish with oil (about 5mm deep) and place the sausages into the pan. Preheat the oven to 200C and then put the pan in. Let the sausages and oil heat for 10 minutes (or until the oil is smoking). While these are cooking, make up the batter – mix the flour, eggs and half the milk up, then slowly add the remaining milk to form a smooth batter. Carefully remove the roasting dish from the oven (I can’t stress this enough – it has boiling hot oil in it, you do not want it to spill!) and pour the batter over the sausages, ensuring they are all covered. Put it back into the oven and let it cook until the batter is crispy and brown.
Put the couscous into a bowl and cover with vegetable stock (go about 2cm above the couscous). Cover the bowl and leave for 5 or so minutes, until the stock is completely absorbed into the couscous.
I think this was a bit dry to be honest – I think I could have used a bigger dish, less oil and less sausages (I have modified the recipe above taking this into account). Nevertheless, it was yum. The kids loved it, Mr T *liked* it and I thought it was pretty good. The couscous was really nice, it was BabyGirl’s first taste of couscous and she loved it. So much that she coated her entire face and arms with it. Ode to be able to eat like a baby. I put sweet chilli sauce on my couscous which I liked. I also served with the same garlic stir fried veges that we had the other night. It was, all-in-all, a decent meal after a tiring day.
Here’s hoping my dear children sleep tonight.