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Sep 15, 2012 05:06 PM

Toad in hole?

Friends and I are ... discussing ... the meaning of "toad in hole". I say it's bangers or other sausage in batter/Yorkshire pudding. Their usage is a slice of bread, fried, with a hole cut out and an egg fried in it. Any opinions out there?

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  1. I go with the fried egg, at least where I grew up on the East Coast US.

    1. Where I am (Nova Scotia), it's egg in bread. I am, however, aware that the definition isn't universal.

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      1. You're right, it's sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter. Your friends are confusing it with another dish called "Egg-in-the-hole".

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          1. re: CanadaGirl

            Sorry, no CanadaGirl. The latter is only right if they were talking about Egg-in-the-hole.

            1. re: superbadkitty

              We call that egg toast not egg in the hole.

          2. re: superbadkitty

            Man, that sounds like something I need to try- sausage in Yorkshire pud? holy cow. Must try it.

            1. re: superbadkitty

              I agree. It's originally an English dish. North Americans stole the cute name and changed the dish.

            2. I got my first cookbook when I was ten and the first recipe I made was toad in the hole. Sausages fried in a pan and baked in a batter in the oven. That's a proper toad in a hole to me. Yummy stuff.

              1. The sausage in batter dish is well known in England. It is generally not known in the USA, unless a person has come across it in a UK source (in a Time Life pork cookbook in my case).


                Foodtimeline has recipes going back to 1850. Sounds like it developed in the UK after the 2 countries went their separate ways.