Posted by: Rachael | September 6, 2008

Grandpa Cooks Too

Grandpa comes for dinner most nights. And he washes the dishes.
Sometimes he even brings the dinner with him. His most popular dish is Argentinian Beef, but recently his specialty has been Toad in the Hole. He used to eat it at pubs when cycling round the UK in his youth. Maybe we’ll be able to eat it with him after a day of riding soon!
Here’s his recipe:

Toad in the Hole with Roasted-Onion Gravy

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7, 425ºF, 220ºC

The batter
3 oz (75g) flour
1T baking powder
Sieve into a large bowl

1 large egg 
salt and pepper
Add to flour and mix

75ml milk
Add very slowly, beating well to mix in (can use an electric beater for this)

The onion gravy
8 oz (225g) onions, peeled and sliced
2 t oil
1t caster sugar
Toss together. Spread on a 14×10 inch baking tray. Place on a high shelf in the oven.

6 pork sausages
Place in a solid-based, flame proof roasting tin with a base of 9×6 inches and 2 inches deep on a lower shelf of the oven, and set a timer for ten minutes. When the timer goes off remove the sausages from the oven, but leave the onions in for 4-5 minutes – they need to be nicely blackened round  the edges. When ready, remove and put aside .
Place the roasting tin containing the sausages over direct heat turned to medium. When the tin is really hot and the oil is begining to shimmer -it must be searing hot- quickly pour the batter all around the sausages.
Immediately return to the oven, this time on the highest shelf, and cook the whole thing for 30 minutes.

Back to the gravy
1 heaped D flour
1t mustard powder
Place the onions in a pot and then add these ingredients

1D Worcestershire sauce 
425ml vegetable stock
Add slowly and heat gently. SImmer for 5 minutes. Season if necessary.

When the toad is ready, it should be puffed brown and crisp and the centre should look cooked and not too stodgy. Serve it immediately with the gravy.

We used lamb and mint sausages for a Kiwi twist….and they were good!

(Thanks for typing this up J12…and for cooking it too!!!!! I really appreciated getting all those little jobs under control and all that packing done too. Luff, MamaDear) 


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