Toad in the hole is a traditional English dish comprising
sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter, usually served with vegetables and onion
Left: Toad in the hole, ready to be
The origin of the name "Toad-in-the-Hole" is vague. Most
suggestions are that the dish's resemblance to a toad sticking its little head
out of a hole provide the dish with its somewhat unusual name. A wartime
variation on the original uses pieces of Spam in place of sausages.
The recipe itself is rather simple. A pan is placed into the oven and heated for
about 15 minutes whilst the batter is prepared. The sausages and batter are
added and cooked for half an hour. With frozen sausages, the meat is placed into
the dish while heated. It is normally accompanied by gravy (often onion gravy),
vegetables, chips or mashed potato.