Toad in the Hole – My way!!

Toad in the Hole

By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on September 13, 2010

Yes, I know “what?? Who would EVER name a dish that let alone eat it?” Chalk it up to the bizarre nature of English humor – if you have ever seen Monty Python this should not surprise you.   The origins of the name of course are lost in the mists of time and various theories abound.  My explanation? I can just see a pre adolescent british boy explaining the contents of the dish to his much younger sister – “See those bits at the top Sissy – those are toads!” Which of course  elicits the requisite squeals  and shrieks accompanied by a blatant refusal  to touch something “with toads in it”. The  point of course is to ensure a larger portion for said brother  and to further cement his reputation of fearlessness with his younger sister.

In any event, for those of you who aren’t familiar with this dish, it is basically a yorkshire pudding  with sausage (aka a popover). It is delicious in the way that dishes made with the most basic ingredients are and is one of my family’s favorites. It is also a great dish for a weekend breakfast – easy, comforting and filling. It’s the kind of dish I love to make on lazy Sunday mornings when we aren’t in the mood for pancakes and plain eggs just won’t do. And why am I telling you this on a Monday?? So that you have something to look forward to making when the week end rolls around – and yes, it will be the weekend before you know it!!

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Cathy @ ShowFoodChef September 13, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Love the post, and wow those pics are nice!


Sippity Sup September 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Your toad is hiding I have been away and am trying desperately to play blog catch up! Sorry I am jet lagged. GREG


Kim September 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Hey Nancy! We made this for breakfast over the weekend. You're right – it's a WONDERFUL alternative to the usual of pancakes or eggs. :o) And if I have "just one little ramekin," it's not hard on the waist-line, either!



Jean at The Delightful Repast October 1, 2010 at 12:52 am

Nancy, since English (as well as Southern and a few others) cooking is my thing, I just HAD to check out your version of Toad in the Hole. Love it! I’m a sucker for individual servings of things. I’ll be making this soon. Gorgeous photos–you obviously didn’t need that part on the program at camp!


Nancy October 2, 2010 at 12:47 am

Hi Jean!!

I really hope you like this version – my family thoroughly enjoyed it and they are a tough crowd!! Thanks too for the compliments on the photo. I am still learning and struggling with my photography but that is part of the fun!!


Priscilla - She's Cookin' October 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I love individual servings – always so elegant and seem to say “you’re special”, not to mention easy to serve. Made sweet potato hash and eggs this morning – next weekend I’m trying my hand at “toad in a he hole” – love the name. And, it was nice meeting and sharing a table with you at Camp Blogaway last weekend :-)


Nancy October 4, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Hi Priscilla!!

I really hope you like it – it’s a great recipe to have in your collection!! It was really nice meeting you as well – hope to see you at the next blogging event!


Nancy October 6, 2010 at 12:16 am

Hi Priscilla! I love individual servings too – sweet potato hash and eggs?? Yum… I’ll need to give that one a go!! Great to meet you as well – we need to get an OC blogger group together!!


Pretty. Good. Food. October 6, 2010 at 12:37 am

Mmmm, simple but delicious! I love it! :)


Nancy October 6, 2010 at 12:42 am

Hi Meredith,

Simple and delicious are definitely a good combination!!!


Marisa October 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I like your story of how it came to be called toad-in-the-hole! Can just imagine that pesky older brother smirking at his sisters squeals of disgust.


Nancy October 6, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hi Marisa!!

Me too!!


Diana November 10, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Hi Nancy, this is Diana from TasteSpotting!

Love your take on the toad in the hole! Have you thought about submitting the recipe for the $1000 grand prize in TasteSpotting’s Johnsonville Sausage recipe contest? You can find out more details here –

Would love to have you participate – cheers!


Nancy November 11, 2010 at 4:01 am

Hi Diana,

Thank you so much! Just finished my submission!!!


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