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Saturday 10 September 2022

Root vegetable toad-in-the-hole : A vegetarian choice

Toad-in-the-hole is a British family favourite, this version makes the most of seasonal root vegetables like red onion and carrots plus autumnal squash and Tenderstem broccoli. Make it in one big tin and let the whole family take a piece and tuck in, delicious 😋

Serves Six
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 long, thin carrots, scrubbed and halved lengthways
1 red onion, cut into thin wedges
200g butternut squash, peeled and sliced into 1cm-thick half-moons
3 garlic cloves, bashed
100g plain flour
4 large eggs
125ml milk
2 rosemary sprigs, finely chopped
100g Tenderstem broccoli
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
optional - mashed or roast potatoes
For the gravy
1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 red onions, finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp plain flour
1 vegetable stock cube, made up to 650ml
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1. For the gravy, heat the oil in a saucepan over a low-medium heat and fry the onions, uncovered, with a pinch of salt for 20 mins, stirring regularly, until caramelised.
2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Put the oil in a large ovenproof frying pan, shallow casserole dish or baking tray. Add the carrot, onion, squash, and garlic. Season; toss well. Roast for 15 mins.
3. Whisk the four and eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt until a smooth, thick paste forms. Gradually add the milk, whisking to make a thin batter with a similar consistency to single cream. Stir in the rosemary.
4. For the gravy, add the garlic to the onions and cook for 1 min, then sprinkle over the four and mix well. Stir in the stock, season and add the vinegar. Simmer, uncovered, over a low heat for about 20 mins.
5. Remove the pan from the oven, add the broccoli and pour the batter around the veg. Roast for 25 mins until golden, well risen and puffed. Brush any exposed veg with the vinegar. Serve with the gravy and some potatoes, if you like.

Each serving contains
Fat 15g Protein 9.2g Carbs 28g Fibre 4.3g

Cook's tips
i) Use any firm veg you’ve got in the fridge. Parsnips, leeks and fennel all work well.
ii) If you don't have red onions, you could use white, brown or spring onions (scallions).
From original recipe here

You may also like to see this alternative lower carb recipe for toad in the hole here

sharing an autumn mantle
(image from google)

You will find a variety of recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e., use your meter. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Hootin Anni said...

Love your autumn mantel!! Simple& beautiful

Also, your shared recipe looks(and sounds) divine. I will be sure to try this.

Tom said...

...a fall/autumn treat!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Thank you! The post is bookmarked. The dish sounds delicious.

Jeff said...

That looks good. I have butternuts coming in from the garden now. It's a wonderful squash that can be stored for a couple of months.

Elephant's Child said...

Totally delicious. Thank you.

Conniecrafter said...

That looks like a great Autumn meal :)

William Kendall said...

A new one to me.

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks hearty and very delicious!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I want to try this as soon as root veggies become plentiful here. It sounds like something I like to make, too, although my sauce is different and includes cheese.

Christine said...


Margaret D said...

Looks delicious Jan.

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds VERY good, yummy! Have a great weekend, Valerie

Jo said...

It looks delicious. A good alternative to the meat version.

eileeninmd said...


It does look delicious, thanks for the recipe.
Have a great weekend!

CJ Kennedy said...

Nice change of pace. I thought toad in the hole was a piece of bread with a hole in it, add an egg and fry it.

Magaly Guerrero said...

This looks delicious, and so perfect for the season!

happyone said...

Oh that looks wonderful, so good and colorful too.

Mary Kirkland said...

That looks so good. I would try that.

Ananka said...

Oh wow that sounds amazing and so healthy :-D

Martha said...

Sounds amazing! We eat a lot of veggies and this would be great.