Veggie toad-in-the-hole

Toad in the hole
Toad in the hole

Not sure why toad-in-the-hole is called toad-in-the-hole. Perhaps it used to be made with real toads – I know the Tudors used to eat all sorts. Although, I guess if you were to consider eating a toad, serving one up in a giant Yorkshire pudding wouldn’t be a bad serving suggestion – especially if you dipped it in mustard.
However, my instincts (and Wikipedia) have informed me that it is much more likely to refer to ‘toads waiting for their prey in their burrows, making their heads visible in the earth, just like the sausages peep through the batter’… How disappointing – although, I did discover that toad-in-the-hole used to have the catchy name of ‘meat boiled in a crust’.
Anyway, rest assured that my recipe for toad-in-the-hole is surprisingly easy, delicious and free from amphibians. What more could you want?

Veggie toad-in-the-hole
Serves 2 / Hands on time 20 mins / Total time 40 mins / V ❄ 
You’ll need: 20cm oven proof dish and an electric whisk
2 tsp rapeseed oil
6 chilled vegetarian sausages, I use Cauldron
3 fresh thyme sprigs
75g plain flour
1 egg
100ml semi skimmed milk
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Salt and pepper
To serve
English mustard, gravy and tender-stem broccoli

1. Preheat an oven to 220°C/200°C fan/ 428°F/gas mark 7. Place 6 chilled vegetarian sausages in a 20cm oven-proof dish, along with 2 tsp of rapeseed oil. Shake the sausages until they’ll evenly coated in the oil before adding 3 sprigs of fresh thyme. Cook the sausages in the oven, on the middle shelf for 15 mins.
2. Meanwhile make the batter by measuring out the flour in a medium sized bowl. Add a good crack of salt and pepper, along with a pinch of nutmeg and give it a stir. Make a well in the flour and crack the egg into it. Using a hand whisk, combine the egg with the flour until you have a thick batter. Slowly pour in the milk whilst continuing to whisk until you have a smooth batter. Switch to an electric whisk and mix for a couple more minutes. Put to one side.
3. Carefully remove the sausages from the oven and discard the thyme sprigs, leaving any detached leaves. Pour the batter slowly into a corner of the dish and allow it to spread out evenly between the sausages.
4. Return the dish to the oven and bake on the top shelf for 15-20 mins or until the batter has puffed up and is a lovely golden colour. Spoon out onto plates and serve with steamed tender-stem broccoli, gravy and a good dollop of English mustard.

If you’ve had a go at making my veggie toad-in-the-hole or any of my other recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale

V– Vegetarian
❄ Suitable for home freezing once cooked and cooled. Consume within 3 months.

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