Toad in the Hole with Onion Gravy

Having tried numerous different recipes for Toad in the Hole over the years, I finally found one which was both delicious and worked with a bit of tweaking.  It was pulled out of a Tesco’s magazine when the price per portion was 30p!  The key to success is the speedy depositing of the batter into the hot enamel tin and a quick re-entry into the oven.  I’ve found that china dishes just don’t distribute the heat effectively enough and result in and un-risen soggy shambles. Also the cooking time should just be a guide because this will vary with the size of tin you use. I learned this after a few charred results when I’d forgotten to ignore the timing in the recipe. You need to check that the batter is cooked throughout and not like an omelette but also avoid burning which is very easy.

I find there is no need for potatoes with this dish just your favourite steamed vegatables.

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Toad in the Hole with Onion Gravy
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Traditional English cooking at its best. Sausages in a Yorkshire Pudding with Onion Gravy loved by young and old!
Cuisine: English
Serves: 4
  • For the batter:
  • 100g / 3 ½ oz Plain flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 150ml / ¼ pt semi-skimmed milk
  • For the toad:
  • 8 Pork sausages
  • 1 Onion, finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • For the gravy:
  • 1 Onion, finely sliced
  • 1tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp Flour
  • 2 tsp English mustard
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 300ml / ½ pint Vegetable Stock
  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C.
  2. Place flour in a bowl, add eggs and slowly mix in milk to make a smooth batter.
  3. Add 150ml (¼ pt) water and beat until smooth.
  4. Put sausages in an oven-proof baking dish and scatter the onion around them and drizzle the oil over. Avoid onion on top of the sausages as they just burn.
  5. Roast for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, pour over the batter speedily and return to cook for anywhere between 20 – 35 minutes. (Mine took 20 mins).
  7. To make the gravy, fry the remaining onion for 5 minutes until golden.
  8. Sprinkle on the flour and cook, stirring until thickened.
  9. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce and gradually, the stock, stirring until smooth.
  10. Serve with the Toad in the Hole and steamed veg.
To make this dish slightly less naughty I used low fat sausages which worked very well.

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  1. Susie Wilkinson

    I love Toad-in-the-Hole, we always have it with sausages from the butchers, a real treat!

    1. Camilla

      It’s a timeless classic isn’t it:-)

  2. Herbert Appleby

    This look like a heart warming one for the upcoming months 😉

    1. Camilla

      It really is the ultimate comfort food!

  3. Paul Wilson

    Toad-in-the-Hole brings back a lot of childhood memories.

    1. Camilla

      Can’t beat it, we have it all the time:-)

  4. Ursula Hunt

    Great as a mid week meal

  5. Maya Russell

    Never made Toad in the Hole with onion in it. I love it though.

  6. Leila Benhamida

    Great recipe.

  7. claire griffiths

    this look and sounds delicious

  8. Paul Wilson

    Toad in the Hole is great for this time of year.

  9. Ursula Hunt

    Toad in the hole has been my favourite since childhood

    1. Camilla

      An all time classic you never tire of:-)

  10. William Gould

    Must remember that speed is the key! Thanks!

  11. Sarah Lewis

    Not had Toad in the Hole for ages this really makes me want some!!!

  12. bev

    Looks delish but I fail at Yorkshire puddings. 🙁

  13. Ellie

    I think i’ll be attempting this for tea one day this week, it looks really nice 🙂

  14. Ursula Hunt

    always brings back memories of mum cooking in the kitchen

  15. Paul Wilson

    Love Toad-in-the-Hole – this looks a really nice version.

  16. Carolyn Clapham

    A new recipe for an old favourite. Lovely.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, we all love it here:-)

  17. Heather Haigh

    Definately a firm favourite in our house.

  18. Lisa Williams

    delicious toad in the hole is one of my fave meals 🙂

  19. Paul Wilson

    Can’t beat a bit of toad.


    What I actually had for tea – made with lovely Cumberland Sausages and some mushrooms too in the gravy.

  21. Ursula Hunt

    My favourite comfort food is toad in the hole, a definate winner in our house 🙂

  22. nicky63

    I shall try this next sausage day, but for now you have just inspired today’s recipe, I’m doing sausages in onion gravy in my slow cooker for dinner tonight and have just dashed out and added some mustard and Worcestershire sauce to it! Thanks 🙂

  23. Kevin Friend

    I love toad in the hole & this recipe looks divine

  24. penny_mum

    This is soooo yummy – and everything works out beautifully – Thanks for the recipe, it’s even better than my mum’s!!!

  25. Cath

    Great sounding recipe will give it a go

    1. Camilla

      I’d read my tips in my Yorkshire Pudding post as I’ve improved my technique for a good rise!

  26. Richard

    Delicious and the onion gravy is amazing.

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