The Toad in the hole is a typical British dish consisting of sausages baked in a Yorkshire pudding batter. The recipe's source and etymology is disputed (it may have been called "Frog in the hole" at some point, and it's still not clear if the name has anything to do with the image of a frog sticking out from a mud hole), but it's origins are definitely pretty old, considering that there's a recipe for it since 1861. :)
I'm really not a fan of sausages myself, but when you cook for men... meh, you compromise. :)
Recipe source: here.
Last year: Kolrābju Salāti (Kohrabi and apple winter salad) (Latvian).
Two years ago: Broccoli and coconut stir-fry (vegan).
Three years ago: Hummus (Middle Eastern).
Ingredients (for a 20 per 30 cm tray):
- 5 plain sausages (500 g)
- 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
- 100 g flour
- 1 teaspoon English mustard
- a pinch of salt
- 300 ml milk
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
Preheat oven to 220 degrees C. Toss the sausages with 1 tablespoon of oil and place them in the oven dish. Put them in the oven and let them roast for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile make the batter. Tip the flour, mustard, salt, milk and egg in a bowl:
Mix until it's not too clumpy anymore.
Also add the thyme. Mix well, then pour it over the sausages.
Return to the oven for 40 minutes, until the dough is well-risen and crisp. Take out, allow to cool a bit. Slice and dig in :)