Parky's Top Table – James Martin's Yorkshire puddings and onion gravy

Sir Michael Parkinson meets TV chef James Martin, who rustles up one of his favourite dishes - Yorkshire puddings with the essential onion gravy.

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Tags: yorkshire pudding, Sir Michael Parkinson, onion, gravy,

Recipe - Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the onion gravy:
25g unsalted butter
2tbsp olive oil
1kg onions, peeled and finely sliced
2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
3 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
50ml dry sherry
250ml white wine
2tbsp plain flour
1.2 litres fresh veal or beef stock
1tsp soft brown sugar
4 slices of baguette
110g emmental cheese, grated

For the Yorkshire puddings:
225g plain flour
8 medium free range eggs
1pt whole milk
55g dripping

Method

For the onion gravy:

1. Pre-heat the grill to high.

2. Heat a large sauté pan and add the butter and oil. When hot add the onions and thyme and fry for 20-25 minutes over a low heat, until soft and golden brown.

3. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes, then add the sherry and white wine and cook until the liquid has reduced by half.

4. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute, then pour in the stock.

5. Bring to a simmer and cook gently for 10-15 minutes, and season with the sugar, salt and pepper.

6. Place the bread on a baking sheet and lightly toast, then add the grated cheese and return to the grill until golden brown.

For the Yorkshire puddings:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7.

2. Place the flour in a large glass bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the eggs and whisk and gradually add the milk.

3. Let the batter rest for 24 hours.

4. Place a little of the dripping in a Yorkshire pudding tray and place in the oven until the fat is hot.

5. Remove from the oven and pour in the batter. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes. Turn down the heat to 190°C, gas mark 5 and cook for a further 10 minutes.