For some weird reason, British food doesn’t always have the best reputation around the world. To anybody that’s eaten a great vegetarian toad in the hole (or even a regular toad in the hole), that’s an absolutely travesty.
I will agree that it does have an unusual name, though happily no toads are involved anywhere along the production line, at least that I can see. No, vegetarian toad in the hole is a light, fluffy dish interspersed with delicious veggie sausages.
As a quick history lesson, the name was first used in 1762, and “which calls toad in a hole a “vulgar” name for a “small piece of beef baked in a large pudding.” (i).
At the beginning just about any meat was accepted, and was slowly changed and refined to using exclusively sausages, to make toad in the hole as we know it today.
These days vegetarian sausages taste great, and I can see no satisfying reason that pork should be used instead. If you want to read my justifications for that, please see this article.
Tofurkey, Quorn, Beyond Meat and Linda McCartney are all your friends. Well, maybe Linda McCartney isn’t, but her sausages can be.
Vegetarian Toad in the Hole
So, vegetarian toad in the hole it is. If you’ve come to this page then there’s a good chance you know that toad in the hole is often served with gravy and a variety of vegetables.
Carrots, peas, broccoli, and cauliflower all go well. Some like to roast potatoes and parsnips to go with their toads too, and I can’t say I blame them.
If you need more inspiration for your veggie toad in the hole, then here are a few great sides:
- Honey glazed carrots in mint and tarragon
- Parsnips in syrup and mustard
- Low-carb garlic mashed cauliflower
- Proper roast potatoes
All are awesome, and won’t let you down.
What else don’t I know about veggie toad in the hole? Go on, surprise me!
Well, even though vegetarian toad in the hole probably started as a cheap dish for the masses, being described as “a homely but savoury dish” and “noting that it could serve 4-5 people for a measly 1 shilling and 9 pence” way back in 1861, there’s good reason it stuck around (ii).
Weighing in with over 30g of protein per portion (that’s massive), toad in the hole was and is a real belly filler. Combine it with all the goodness of carrot, peas and broccoli and you’ve got a beast of a meal. No wonder it became so popular.
What are you waiting for? Time to tuck in!
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Vegetarian Toad in the Hole
- a tsp of mustard mixed into the batter to give it and extra twist! Delicious.
- We recommend serving vegetarian toad in the hole with gravy and your favourite veg - carrots, peas, broccoli - whatever you fancy!
Put the vegetarian sausages and oil into an oven a dish and start cooking at 200°C/390°F.
- In the meantime, mix the eggs, flour, milk and salt (and mustard if using) all together with an hand blender or electric mixer. Let the batter stand until the next stage.
- When the sausages are starting to brown, take the dish out of the oven, and slowly pour in the batter mix around (not over) the sausages.
- Pop it back in the oven for another 25-35 minutes, until browned and risen.
- Done! Your vegetarian toad in the hole is ready.
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