Meat pancake? Only justifiable in the dead of winter when there is no fruit and everything is grey and dark and you just want to eat a hug. Or when you’re going to be doing a lot of exercise anyway and you can pass this off as an acceptable morning repast. Actually, I can justify anything, so maybe you can just have this whenever.
This is actually Toad in the Hole, which is something I would look forward to as a child, and which we would have often, mostly when Dad would cook. I used to cry when he’d add onions. Meat pancake. It sounds like a thing a dad would make.
And to be fair, it’s not all THAT bad. I mean, it’s essentially a pancake with the sausage baked into it instead of served on the side. And onions and bacon, and served with sour cream. So, it could be worse. It could be deep fried.
Toad in the Hole
- 2 bangers (or large sausages … if you’re going to use the little breakfast sausages, use more)
- 4 strips of bacon
- 1 small onion, cut in half and then sliced long-wise, into strips
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 2 eggs
- salt and pepper, to taste (but because of the sausage and bacon, I don’t add salt. You can. No judgment)
Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss a greased pan into the oven as the oven heats.
Fry sausage, bacon, and onion (I like onion now – no tears!) in a pan on the stove until browned. You don’t need to add any oil. In fact, don’t, because you’re going to pour the entire contents of the pan into your batter (later), so don’t add more grease. Unless you’re into that. I’m not. Surprisingly.
It doesn’t matter too much if your sausage isn’t fully cooked through at this point – it’s going to bake for a bit.
Mix together your milk, flour, and butter in a separate bowl. When the meat is done, empty the whole pan into the bowl, toss lightly to coat in batter. Pull the heated pan out of the oven and pour the contents of the bowl into the pan, making sure that the batter is evenly spread out. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until edges have pulled away from the sides and the top is golden.
Slice and serve. I like it with a dollop of sour cream and a breakfast cocktail.
Eat. Resist the urge to nap. Maybe go for a bike ride, or to play frisbee golf. Meat pancake!