The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

All that talk in my last post about oddly named British food got me thinking about Toad in the Hole. I first heard of this dish while watching a British reality show, and the name alone made me want to know more. Then, when I heard it was basically sausage baked in a batter that is identical to Yorkshire Pudding (which you might recognize as popovers), I was hooked. My mother used to make Yorkshire Pudding for me all the time. Food that has a nostalgia factor tastes twice as good.

That, and since I hate to cook, I’m naturally drawn to recipes that are easy, filling, and produce a lot of leftovers. This recipe ticks all those boxes. It’s also delicious. But fair warning: It’s not particularly healthy.

I started making Toad in the Hole in 2014, and after that it would pop up on my dinner table at least once a month. And then I got married in 2018, and oddly enough, I forgot all about it. I guess I had other things on my mind. But the research for my blog post from two days ago has settled Toad in the Hole back in the forefront of my cravings once again.

After a lot of trial and error, I found my favorite classic English Toad in the Hole recipe here at Simply Recipes.com.  If you like sausage, you’ll love it just as they’ve created it.

By contrast, I hate most sausage. Yeah. You heard me right. Sausage is not my thing. So of course once I got my hungry hands on this recipe, I had to make some modifications to make it my very own.

First and foremost, no English sausage for me. Instead, I use Polish Kielbasa. And just like that, I’ve turned it into an international dish. Could it now be called fusion? That seems a bit fancy. Decide for yourself.

The other modification I make is that I cut the kielbasa into inch long sections before pouring on the batter. That way, you always get the perfect sausage-to-pudding ratio. It’s a nice savory, oily, satisfying, downright yummy concoction, and it’s super easy to make.

Give it a try and tell me what you think!

While eating your Toad in the Hole, you could also be reading my book! http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5

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