Friday, 17 May 2013

Toad in the hole with a twist and cheat's with Bisto onion gravy - Recipe (Economical)

Toad in the Hole is something I discovered when I first visited the UK.
Never seen, never heard before. But is has been one of my favourite comfort food for nearly 20 years !
It contains two of my favourite British ingredients : Yorkshire pudding and gravy ;-)

Unfortunately, I couldn't make a decent gravy to save my life.
I don't often use cheat ingredients in my cooking but must admit that Bisto is a life-saver to me.
And a real cheat, many do not even notice the gravy wasn't home-made. (With the exception of anyone who has had the misfortune to taste my home-made gravy before LOL)

Here are the ingredients for a family of 4
(2 adults & 2 children or 2 adults and one teenager)
Prep time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 25 mins

- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 6 pork sausages
- 110g plain flour
- 1 large egg
- 300ml milk
- 4 spring onions, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary or thyme
- 4 heaped teaspoons Bisto Onion Gravy Granules
- Salt & freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 220c
2. Whilst the oven is heating up, rinse and chop the onions and herbs as finely as you can
3. Brush a baking tray or rectangular cake tin with some oil (metal works best, unfortunately, I didn't have one big enough)
4. Place the sausages at the bottom of the dish and roast for 6 to 7 minutes. This will get the sausages started AND warm your dish up. The warmer the dish, the higher the chances the Yorkshire pudding will rise ;-)

5. As the sausage are roasting, make your batter : Place the flour, egg and milk into a large mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt and whisk until you get a smooth batter

6. Add the herbs and onions to the batter and mix in.
7. Take the sausages out of the oven, turn them around and pour the batter around the sausages.
8. Bake for 22 to 25 minutes or until the batter is cooked through and golden brown. Take care not to open (or let the kids do so ;-) ) the oven during the cooking process or your batter will flop down.
9. Whilst the toad in the hole is cooking, steam some baby greens for 10 to 12 minutes

10. Just before serving, make the gravy : Place 4 tsp of gravy granules in a jug, cover with 280 ml of boiling water and enjoy. Serve with the greens and some cherry tomatoes.

Disclaimer: Although I received some free samples of Bisto gravy to review. This has in now way influenced my decision to use it. This post has not been sponsored by Bisto nor its parent company.


  1. I want to do this but with Linda McCartney veggie sausages! They do a ready made veggie toad in the hole but it can be a bit chewy.

    1. And the onion gravy is suitable for vegetarians too ;-)

  2. What a fab idea, never thought of this one! Will be trying... :)

    1. Really is delicious with the herbs in the batter. Let us know how it went.

  3. This is also a favourite in our house. I always use instant gravy, and often pop a few little extras in it (splash of soy sauce, Oxo etc) for extra taste. I will try your suggestion for herbs in the batter, sounds good!

  4. Muskrat, where do you add the soy sauce? In the batter or gravy ?

    1. Sorry, have changed my name so didn't see this till now. I add a splash of soy sauce to the gravy! :-)

    2. Sorry, have changed my name so didn't see your question till now. I add a splash of soy sauce to the gravy for added flavour! :-)

    3. Thank you for the reply … and tip ;-)
      Must try it next time, it makes perfect sense. xx

  5. I use the same Bisto granules in many recipes, it adds to the flavour of gravy, bolognese and curry, plus it is a great thickener

  6. Great idea to add the greens. I tend to serve this with the thick onion gravy (not the biggest fan of Bisto here).

  7. if you want to thicken your gravy, and have difficulty making gravy from scratch (terrifically versatile stuff is scratch btw) try using cornflour instead of ordinary flour as it is much less likely to go lumpy.

    1. That is true Sara. Arrowroot works great too

  8. Never tried it with spring onions in the batter before. Looks tasty. :-)

  9. I've never tried it with onions in the batter before. Looks tasty. :-)

  10. looks lovely, and spring onions are one of my favourite and never thought to try like this

  11. Diva, Paul;

    Hope you've enjoyed it if you had the occasion to try it yet

  12. Oh fantastic, it's 3am, up for the nightfeed and now starving from reading this, that's tea for tonight planned!

    1. Great ! Sorry you had cravings in the middle of the night ;-)
      Hope you enjoy it tonight. xx