How did this dish get its name and when was it invented? The Oxford Dictionary of Food gives the earliest reference to a toad in the hole as ‘The dish called toad in the hole, meat boiled in a crust’ in 1787. In 1861, Mrs. Beeton has steak and kidney cooking in the batter, so neither version was quite the same as today’s dish. Never mind – the combination of sausages and crisp, hot batter is irresistible. The cherry tomatoes are my own touch, which adds to the taste and colour of the dish.
First Class, every time. - 17 Oct 2014