For my beloved last night I made Toad in the Crevasse from which, as is usual with meals I cook for him, there were no leftovers. Nevertheless I thought I’d mention it as it does lend itself to things other than sausages, such as leftovers.
Toad in the Crevasse
For 4 years I ran the kitchen of the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club which, although “abroad”, was full of Brits. Having lived away from the
for several years I found it strangely pleasant, at least at first, to hear
people calling each other plonkers
I used to put lots of English comfort food on the menu for said plonkers. One day I heard two of the girls I worked with discussing the menu – Ronia from Jamaica said to Janet from St. Vincent “Toad in the Hole!!!” in a shocked voice. They both giggled. Then Ronia said “Suzy – she rude!” This seems to be a cross cultural reaction. In
our toads always seemed to be wedged into cracks in our Yorkshire
pud so, in the interests of truth and accuracy, we renamed it toad in the
crevasse. For some inexplicable reason this caused people to smirk and
call us filthy gits! It also meant
we sold a lot of Toad in the Crevasse as people came just to have a giggle.
Toad in the Hole
1 batch Yorkshire pudding batter ~ see here for myYorkshire Pud recipe
500g lovely pork sausages
½ tbsp oil
~ Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC/170ºC fan/gas 5..
~ Grease a shallow ovenproof dish; I find Pyrex diesel work best for a toad.
~ Cut the sausages in half (or not, if you prefer) and arrange with gaps between.
~ Bake till they are browning, turning sometimes, and have exuded some fat.
~ Remove the dish from the oven and increase the heat to 425ºF/220ºC/200ºC fan/gas 7.
~ Swirl the sausages in their pan to evenly coat the pan with oil and, if your sausages have been very fatty spoon most of it off. There should be enough to coat the pan and a teaspoonful or so more Maybe use the excess fat to make gravy.
~ Rearrange the sausages in the dish, stir the batter and pour in amongst them.
~ Bake till the
Yorkshire (pudding is implied) is risen and crisp and
brown. DO NOT open the oven for about 15 minutes or the whole thing will
Of course this lends itself to many variations some of which are useful for making a great meal from leftovers.
Instead of sausages use …
~ Meatballs (leftover cooked - or part cook first)
~ Roasted Vegetables
~ Balls of leftover stuffing.
~ Almost cooked lamb chops (if you can afford them!)
~ Posh sausages – venison for instance.
~ Fruit to make a Clafouti - see here for details.
… or add herbs or spices to the batter.
This batter recipe makes a very light, crisp
Yorkshire rather than a rib sticker and is delicious. I have seen loads of variations some
containing vinegar, some with inordinate amounts of flour and even some with
raising agent added which is anathema to a Yorkshire Pud. My recipe which I have used for years both
professionally and in the privacy of our own home always works and is almost