Toad in the hole

Toad in the hole is another recipe for which I get oodles of requests, but have never felt confident in posting about because I’m always tweaking it because, even though it’s a simple dish, considered vulgar peasant food by some, I’m rather picky about what makes a really good toad-in-the-hole:

  • It needs to have the right batter to sausage ratio
  • It needs to be crispy on the bottom and outside and fluffy on the inside
  • It needs to do its puffy thing
  • It needs sausages that are neither cooked-to-almost-burnt nor flaccid, pallid bangers
  • It needs to be easy to divide the right amount of sausages to each eater – I often find that two sausages are too many, but one isn’t enough, making 1.5 just perfect for a serving

The other night, I actually sat down and had a good think on how to go about ticking all of these boxes and the result was one that did just that and was the best toad in the hole I have ever made and eaten in my life.



So now, I am ready to share.

What you need:

  • 6 banger-style sausages, halved
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 cup of beer
  • 1 and 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of cooking oil

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a large, cast iron skillet, cook the halved sausages in a little oil in the oven for 10 minutes, turning them a few times as they cook so they brown all the way around.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk your eggs until creamy.
  4. Add the milk and beer and stir until combined.
  5. Slowly whisk the flour into the egg/milk/beer mixture until combined and smooth.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
  7. Remove the sausages, pour the remaining oil into the skillet and return it to the oven.
  8. Once the oil is smoking hot, pour the batter into the skillet, then top with the sausages.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes until puffy and cooked through.
  10. Serve with peas because tradition!



6 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew Marco says:

    this is a truly great recipe! I’m really enjoying it, I’m for sure going to give this a try

    I was wondering if you were on FB at all? It would be amazing if you could share your recipe in our group, would love for you to join our community of food lovers! Check us out here:


    1. thatmelanie says:

      hey there! thanks for the feedback and the link. that looks like a fun group!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Andrew Marco says:

        happy to have you in the community!


  2. I have never heard of this, but it sounds good!


    1. thatmelanie says:

      Oh my goodness. It’s such a heart-unfriendly, good, greasy treat!


  3. satireandwit says:

    Thanks Mel this is awesome


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