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UK Comfort Food Recipe

This UK comfort food recipe is a wonderful main dish that comes from the early 18th century England. Reports have been recorded as early as 1762 you can read that here. This is a great recipe for people who want to try international food. 

It originally was made like a meat and bread pudding (Yorkshire pudding) recipe. Over the years the recipe was changed into what it is today. This is a wonderful tasting Yorkshire pudding with sausages in a casing that is also known as bangers in the UK.

 It is often served with onion gravy and mashed potatoes, which is what I made with mine. I can tell you this is a great meal and I could eat the Yorkshire pudding all day. 

So why don’t you pull up a chair and grab your beverage and let’s talk about this Wonderful recipe with a strange name. 

It is called Toad in the Hole and despite the name, it is one of the most delicious meals you could have. You would never even know it is gluten-free and no one else will either.

What is Yorkshire Pudding?

Uk Comfort Food recipe

I decided to explain this to all of you who are not native to the UK or haven’t been introduced to the UK’s most amazing dish. This wonderful bread is so good. It is not at all what you would expect more like a Kiesh than bread or pudding. This wonderful “pudding” is light airy and fluffy even with it being gluten-free it is still not heavy. 

It has gluten-free flour, eggs, milk, and the grease from the sausage. When it is first put in the pan, it is the consistency of slightly thicker pancake batter. It is poured into a hot baking dish and then put in the oven. 

While in the oven something fantastic happens and it comes out fluffy and amazing.

Why is Toad in the Hole Called UK Comfort Food?

This wonderful dish is something that is easy and incredibly filling. It is served with an onion gravy that makes it satisfying and creates a feeling of comfort. 

For people in the UK, this dish is something that is served regularly, so they may even have a feeling of nostalgia which gives comfort. They think of how it tasted when they were growing up and grandma made this same dish. 

I think it is also in its gluten form high in carbohydrates (which always makes things taste better). However, in the gluten free form, it has all of the taste with few of the carbs.

What kind of sausage is it made with?

Smoked sausages

The sausage traditionally used is called bangers in the Uk.  They are sausages only made in Europe and they contain meat with herbs and wheat, as they cook the wheat pops that is how they got the name “bangers”. 

The information on what this is in the US seems to vary from bratwurst to Italian sausage, then I also hear there is no substitute in the US. 

I decided to go with smoked sausage as it is easy to find and tastes good with bread and herbs. I know it may not be traditional but being gluten-free I wouldn’t be able to have the bangers anyway as they contain wheat.

How to make Toad in the Hole- The UK comfort food recipe?

First, you place the sausages in a glass or ceramic baking pan (you can see that here) and put them in the oven at 350° F.  While they are baking for 10 minutes you make the bread batter.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and then beat eggs and slowly stir in the milk while mixing with an electric mixer, in another bowl add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well (it will be the consistency of pancake batter). Let sit till time to pour into pan.

When the sausages have been in the oven for the time allowed then remove them from the pan leaving the drippings. Pour the batter in glass pan all at once, making sure the pan is still hot.

 Place sausages back in the pan and bake another 30 minutes.  While sausage is cooking make the onion gravy. Make some mashed potatoes and you have a delicious British meal, fit for Kings.

Toad In the Hole

For this dish, I chose something more traditional. I think nothing is more traditional than this dish it has sausage, Yorkshire pudding, and onion gravy. What a wonderful dish of comfort food. I have found a way to make this gluten free by usingPillsbury gluten-free all purpose flour and adding the ingredients that would originally be in the Yorkshire pudding. It is a must try for anyone that is gluten-free. Top it off with this wonderful onion gravy add a side of mashed potatoes, and you have the ultimate comfort meal.

  • 4 3oz Sausages ( smoked, without nitrates,grass-fed beef is best)
  • ½ Cup Pillsbury gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1¼ Cup Coconut milk (full fat)
  • ½ tsp Salt (Himalayan Pink Salt is best)

Gravy

  • 1 Large Onion(I use red)
  • 1 Tbs Butter (made from grass-fed beef is best)
  • 1½ Cups Beef bone broth (organic)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (Gluten-free, organic)
  • 2 tsp Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Thyme
  • 1 tsp Garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 2 Tbs Olive Oil ( organic)
  1. Preheat oven to 350

  2. Place the sausages in the casserole dish and place in the oven while it is preheating. Cook 10 minutes, rotating and turning the sausage after 5 minutes.

  3. While the sausages are cooking mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl then beat the eggs in another bowl and add the milk to the eggs slowly, beating with a mixer. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until smooth. It will look a lot like pancake batter.

  4. Take the sausage out of the oven and pour the batter mixture in the dish with the sausage. Place immediately back into the oven and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes until it is golden brown

For the Gravy

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet on med heat, while the oil is heating up warm 1 cup of beef bone broth up to just above room temp.

  2. Mix arrowroot into warm bone broth until dissolved.

  3. In another small bowl add the mustard, the Worcestershire sauce, and the spices together and mix until well incorporated.

  4. Add the spice mixture to the bone broth mixture. Add this mixture to the pan, slowly stirring continuously. Mixture will thicken, add the bone broth until it gets to your desired consistency.

  5. Serve and enjoy

Now it’s Your Turn

I love the taste of this dish but you may want to make it less plain or you may favorite herbs you like to use, please feel free to change it up and make it your own. I know if you try it you will love this Uk comfort food recipe. So explore and create, that is the fun of cooking is exploring new flavors with various herbs and spices.

Did you make this I would love your comments. Just leave them below.

Blessings,

Lynda

2 Comments

  1. You should try it with the authentic brats. They look kind of grey, but are very tasty. A bit closer to a British sausage. Still spicier than the UK version.

    1. Hi Deborah, and welcome to my website so glad you stopped by. I will try the brats, thanks for the advice. Please drop back by and see me from time to time.
      Blessings,
      Lynda

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