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Grandmother’s Toad in a Hole

I have fond memories of my grandmother’s Yorkshire pudding wrapped around sausages, a puffy dish my kids called “the boat.” Slather it with butter and maple syrup. —Susan Kieboam, Streetsboro, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + standing Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (12 ounces) uncooked maple breakfast sausage links
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Butter and maple syrup, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk and salt. Whisk flour into egg mixture until blended. Let stand 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook sausage according to package directions; cut each sausage into three pieces.
  • Place oil in a 12-in. nonstick ovenproof skillet. Place in oven until hot, 3-4 minutes. Stir batter and pour into prepared skillet; top with sausage. Bake until golden brown and puffed, 20-25 minutes. Remove from skillet; cut into wedges. If desired, serve with butter and syrup.
Nutrition Facts
1 wedge: 336 calories, 22g fat (6g saturated fat), 126mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • 568
    Jun 8, 2020

    When I can't decide what to make for dinner this is one of the quick recipes that pop up. It is very good and easy to make, Hubby likes it too.

  • cdun
    Mar 23, 2020

    I've been making this recipe from when it was first published in the magazine and called "Pigs in a blanket"! :) Don't remember the year. I used the same ingredients but use one oven proof pan to brown my sausages and bake it in, forgoing the olive oil and preheating. Brings back memories of my Moms Yorkshire pudding! YUM!

  • Lynette
    Feb 25, 2020

    Absolutely delicious! I made this as breakfast for dinner and it was perfect. We really loved this and will make it again and again.

  • Melissa
    Oct 12, 2019

    I make this this all the time. My husband and I really enjoy it. It's easy to make and very tasty! I like to top it with a little butter and real Maple Syrup. I only use 1 TBS olive oil and it's plenty.

  • Jeanne
    May 19, 2018

    This was easy and delicious. We had it for a British dinner (here in Singapore) during the royal wedding of Meghan and Harry. I put butter and maple syrup on it. Reminded me of crepes but far easier. We left none!!!

  • Alliea
    Mar 19, 2018

    Note- This dish is very adaptable. We often serve it as a main dish with Homemade or store bought gravy-also very good. ~For katandalan- This recipe takes 3 eggs..Susan K. Taste of Home Volunteer Field Editor

  • katandalan
    Mar 6, 2018

    Haven't tried yet and I plan to but I have two recipes identical except one asks for 6 eggs and one asks for 3 eggs. I'm wondering if both work or if there is an error in one of the recipes and, if so, which? Help?

  • wagondorfer
    Mar 12, 2017

    Fixed this for a light supper. It was very good. Definitely a keeper.

  • OhBeeOne
    Mar 7, 2017

    I have a recipe book that calls this a German Pancake and fruit is placed on top of the egg before putting it in the oven. I usually use apples and walnuts I've cooked in a small pan. If I want to spruce it up I'll sprinkle powdered on top after it's cooled just a little bit. Very tasty!

  • Appy_Girl
    Jan 6, 2016

    Its time to make this one again! Hubby and I really enjoyed this up scaled breakfast. I used a ground sausage verses the links. Just my preference. I did not serve it with any gravy or syrup and it was wonderful as is. Its such a quick, easy and super clean recipe to make. Next time I am going to try to use a Muffin Pan for a future family buffet. Many thanks to my Dear Friend for sharing her Grandmas Recipe. It is a Keeper *JanieTaste Of Home Volunteer Field Editor