This British pan bake is a revelation and something completely different!
Recipes can often have odd names that have nothing to do with their actual ingredients. In Germany, for example, you might be served "Dead Grandma" or "Cold Snout," but we can confirm no grandmas were harmed in the preparation of either dish. In the UK, one such oddly-named classic is "Toad in the Hole" which 100% does not contain actual toads. We're not sure where the name comes from — usually all you'll find when you eat it is sausages baked in crispy golden batter. We've added some vegetables to our version to put a bright twist on a family favorite.
- 3 half peppers, one red, one yellow, one green
- 1 red onion
- 3 sausages
- 6⅓ oz flour
- 3 eggs
- 6 fl oz milk
- 3¾ fl oz water
- one pinch salt
1. Pour some oil in a cast-iron pan and heat it for 10 minutes at 430°F in a convection oven.
2. Cut the peppers and onion in slices. Stir-fry the vegetables in a little oil. Separately, brown the sausages on all sides and then cut them in large pieces.
3. Prepare the batter mix using the flour, eggs, milk, water and salt.
4. Pour all of the mixture into the hot cast-iron pan. Then add the sausages and vegetables on top.
5. Then bake everything for 20 minutes at 430°F in a convection oven. The dough will rise, enclosing and embedding the vegetables and the sausages.
When the pan comes out of then oven, with a little (maybe a lot of...) imagination, you can see how the sausages might be mistaken for toads in holes. And if you can't see it, just enjoy the dish for what it is — a tasty savory treat.
And if you want to try the second recipe, you can find the details here.