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Spicing Up a Classic English Recipe

18 Apr

…or, When “Toad in the Hole” Becomes “Great Horny Toads Pie” 

Great Horny Toads Pie by Michelle

A twist on "Toad in the Hole," Michelle's "Great Horny Toads Pie" uses spicy sausages and is served with gravy, sweet red yam, and an artichoke.

I came across this “Toad in the Hole” recipe when I was reading photographer Julia Segura’s food photography blog. This sounded like a great and different way to use up the last few sausages I had in the fridge. I had used the sausages with eggs and potatoes but I was getting tired of that and I had unfortunately succumbed to a sale price on a huge box of these super spicy, large links (and I gave half to my mom and her husband; lesson learned). It’s because of the spicy twist on this English standard that I borrow Yosemite Sam’s catchphrase to rename this recipe, “Great Horny Toads Pie!” It’s got quite a kick to it, which I hope will kick-start my metabolism as much as it did my taste buds. The pudding batter–called Yorkshire pudding–which produces a consistency slightly similar to quiche–serves as a nice balance for the hot sausage flavor. To further compliment that balance, I served the main dish with an artichoke and a slice of red yam on the side. Both of these vegetables have subtle, mild, but distinct flavors that offer a sweet relief to the spiciness. (And artichokes are in season–and on sale–right now!)

Great Horny Toads Pie

Total prep time: about 15-20 minutes

Total cook time: about one hour


– Yorkshire Pudding: 1 cup flour, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, and 1 teaspoon salt

– 5 large hot and spicy sausage links, sliced

– 1 roma tomato, chopped

– 1/4 onion, chopped

– artichokes (one per person)

– red yams (1/2 yam per person)

– two tablespoons canola oil

– two tablespoons butter

– 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, thyme, and cumin

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Leftover Easter Ham Recipe #3: Ham Stock & Veggie Medley Soup

16 Apr

When it comes to soup, I’m good at getting the flavor right but I always make way too much. But since I love soup–and can freeze a bunch of containers of it–it’s not too bad of a problem to have. I’ve only ever made chicken stock and soup before but when I saw all the ham bone and scraps after Easter dinner, I thought it presented the perfect opportunity to try making ham stock for the first time. Most recipes available online call for using ham stock as a base for split pea soup. I decided to add several more types of veggies to that idea. Read on to learn how to make this Ham Stock & Veggie Medley Soup I came up with…and how to avoid making too much of it (I learned the hard way so you don’t have to, ha ha). I’ve listed measurements that will provide you with a good amount a soup and little to none of the crazy mess I made in my kitchen. This is a hearty, healthy, filling soup that is great for celebrating vegetables in springtime. [For more Leftover Easter Ham Recipe ideas, try my Ham and Pepper Jack Quesadillas and Spring Mix Pasta.]

ham stock veggie soup

Ham Stock and Veggie Medley Soup by Michelle.

Ham Stock & Veggie Medley Soup

Total prep time: about 40 minutes

Total cook time: 3 to 4 hours

Ingredients for the ham stock:

– leftover ham bone and ham bits

– 2 cloves garlic, split

– about 1/2 cup of cilantro

Ingredients for the soup:

– 1/4 to 1/2 c. each (depending on preference of favorite veggies) of green split peas, yellow split peas, lentils, great northern beans, and barley (all dried, not canned; get the kind that has rapid-boil instructions so that you don’t have to soak them overnight in advance)

– 2 roma tomatoes, chopped (1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)

– 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)

– 5 small potatoes, peeled and chopped (1/2- to 1-inch pieces)

– 1 skinny red yam, peeled and chopped (1/2- to 1-inch pieces)

– 1 c. baby carrots, chopped (1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces)

– 1/2 to 1 c. of loose frozen corn kernels

Seasonings for the soup (per 6 cups of broth):

– 1 tsp Peruvian aji amarillo (If you don’t have this, substitute with your favorite pepper or pepper paste.)

– 1 tsp salt

– 1/2 tsp black pepper

– 1 tsp ground ginger

– 1 tsp thyme

– 1 tsp marjoram

– 1 tsp basil

– 1/2 tsp seasoning salt

– 1 tsp cumin

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