Toad in the hole with onion gravy

Fork Toad in the hole with onion gravy

Cooking time: 40

Preparation: 10 minutes

Cooking: 40 minutes

Serves: 4


This is a warm and comforting classic, which is the perfect meal for the whole family. Don’t forget the onion gravy!


  • 15ml/1tbsp vegetable oil
  • 8 premium pork sausages
  • 4 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 100g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 large Bird Bros eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • For the onion gravy:
  • 30ml/2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • pinch of sugar
  • 4tsp plain flour
  • 425ml beef stock


  1. Sift flour and salt into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Add the eggs and a little milk and beat until smooth, gradually beat in the remaining milk to make a smooth batter. Leave to stand for 30 mins.

  2. Preheat the oven to 220C/Fan 200C/425F/Gas Mark 7. Divide the oil, sausages, onions and sprinkle rosemary between four shallow ovenproof dishes or 1 large roasting tin and toss to mix. Bake for 5 mins.

  3. Remove the sausages from the oven, turn them all over, then pour over the batter. Bake for 25-30mins or until the batter has risen and is crisp and golden.

  4. To make the gravy: heat the oil in a medium pan, add the onions and cook for 5 mins or until golden brown. Add the sugar and cook over a low heat for 2 mins or until caramelised.

  5. Add the flour to the pan and cook, stirring for 1 min. Gradually add the stock, then bring to the boil and simmer for 1 min. Season to taste and keep warm. Serve the toad in the hole with the onion gravy.

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