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Vegetarian Toad in the Hole with Red Onion Gravy

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This classic English recipe is made vegetarian by using veggie sausages. Serve this toad in the hole with an amazing red onion gravy and some greens for a comforting cold weather dinner.

It seems like I’ve become mildly obsessed with classic recipes made vegetarian. After my vegetarian shepherd’s pie the other day followed by vegetarian spaghetti and meatballs I am finding new ways to enjoy the most comforting of classic recipes.

Just to clarify, this hasn’t suddenly become a vegetarian blog. I promise I still love meat. It’s just that Will and I have started only eating meat at the weekends so we’ve been trying out all kinds of vegetarian recipes and it’s turned out to be so fun.

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So I’m all about the comfort food. The minute it ticked over to October I immediately started planning my comfort food intake. Even though it’s actually been unusually warm for October I can definitely feel a chill in the air and I’m ready for all the warm food cuddles.

As I said, we’re eating vegetarian on the weekdays which I think will be our new permanent state of being. I’m barely even noticing it anymore and I’ve been enjoying eating vegetarian food soooo much.

So one of my favourite things we’ve been doing is making vegetarian versions of some of my favourite meaty foods like this vegetarian toad in the hole.

Green baking dish with vegetarian toad in the hole on a cloth

WHERE DOES THE PHRASE TOAD IN THE HOLE COME FROM?

So, turns out no one really knows why it’s called toad in the hole 🤷

Some people have suggested it comes from the way toads hide in holes waiting for their prey and their heads peep out the way the sausages peep out of the batter. Which is kind of gross.

The main thing I did take out of my research is that it was never actually made from toad. Which I think is a relief for all of us.

Red onion gravy being poured on vegetarian toad in the hole in white bowl

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE VEGETARIAN TOAD IN THE HOLE?

  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Dried Thyme
  • Vegetarian Sausages

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO YOU NEED TO MAKE RED ONION GRAVY?

  • Red Onion
  • Butter
  • Flour
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Port

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for vegetarian toad in the hole with red onion gravy…

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Vegetarian toad in the hole portion in a white bowl with greens on a dark blue background

Toad in the hole is just one of those perfect classic recipes. It’s stodgy and meaty (or fake meaty in this context) and goes perfectly with gravy which is one of the single greatest inventions of all time, I think we can all agree.

In this version we used vegetarian sausages. We’ve been trying out some different types and we both agree that the ones we used for this toad in the hole are our favourites.

They’re Linda McCartney red onion and rosemary sausages and they have such a good flavour for classic recipes like this.

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Vegetarian toad in the hole in a green baking dish

HOW DO YOU MAKE TOAD IN THE HOLE?

  1. Heat the oven and place a baking dish with the oil into the oven to heat up.
  2. Whisk together the milk, egg, salt, mustard and thyme then slowly add the flour. Leave to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. While the batter is resting take the baking dish out the oven and add the sausages. Return to the oven and cook the sausages for 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Take the dish out again and pour in the batter. Cook for 20-25 minutes until puffed up and golden.

This is how long it took our sausages to cook and they were perfect but you might need to adjust the timings if you’re using a different type of vegetarian sausage.

Green baking dish with vegetarian toad in the hole in a pale cloth

HOW DO YOU MAKE RED ONION GRAVY?

  1. Melt the butter over a low heat and slowly caramelise the onions.
  2. Add the flour and stir before slowly pouring in the stock and port.
  3. Bring to the boil then simmer until thickened, about 15 minutes.

This is just THE BEST gravy. It’s super easy but has so much flavour from those caramelised red onions and port. If you’d rather not use port then it would work with red wine instead. Or alternatively just add a little more stock in its place.

Portion of vegetarian toad in the hole in a white bowl on a dark blue background

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If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

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Vegetarian Toad in the Hole with Red Onion Gravy

This classic English recipe is made vegetarian with veggie sausages. Serve this toad in the hole with an amazing red onion gravy and some greens for a comforting cold weather dinner.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Traditional
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 442kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Cooking Oil
  • 300 ml Milk
  • 1 tso Salt
  • 130 g Flour
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 6-8 Vegetarian Sausages we used Linda Mccartney red onion and rosemary

For the Gravy

  • 1 Red Onion chopped
  • 15 g Butter
  • 3 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 500 ml Vegetable Stock
  • 50 ml Port

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 225°C/440°C, put the oil in a baking dish and place in the oven.
  • Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, mustard and thyme together then add the flour gradually. Leave the batter to rest for at least 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile take the baking dish out of the oven and add the sausages. Cook them for 5 minutes on each side.
  • Pour the batter on top of the sausages then cook for 20-25 mins or until risen and golden.
  • For the gravy, melt the butter over a low heat and cook red onion slowly until fragrant and soft. Add the flour and stir until mixture is dry. Add the stock gradually, stirring, then add the port. Bring to a boil then simmer for 10-15 minutes to thicken.
Nutrition Facts
Vegetarian Toad in the Hole with Red Onion Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 442 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 1380mg 58%
Potassium 221mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 11.1%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 11.8%
Iron 31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    05/10/2018 at 4:55 PM

    Now this is my favorite dinner! Total comfort food! YUM! This looks so delicious! I definitely want to try it!

    • Reply
      Amy
      06/10/2018 at 6:36 PM

      Thanks Mary!

  • Reply
    Traci
    05/10/2018 at 5:02 PM

    I love how you’ve completely transformed veggie sausages into a whole, beautiful meal! I would be so happy to sit down to this any day of the week. You really knocked this one out of the park. Just pinned!

    • Reply
      Amy
      06/10/2018 at 6:37 PM

      Thank you so much Traci!

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    05/10/2018 at 5:20 PM

    I’ve never had a Toad in the Hole before, but it looks so fun. The flavors you use in the eggs are perfect – definitely making this for the family soon!

    • Reply
      Amy
      06/10/2018 at 6:38 PM

      Thanks Lauren 🙂

  • Reply
    Marisa Franca
    05/10/2018 at 7:01 PM

    I love finding out where some of the names come from. The history is so funny!! I’ve never had toad in the Hole but it sure looks like a breakfast or brunch that would be super popular at our house. Those veggie sausages look really cute in their egg hole.

    • Reply
      Amy
      06/10/2018 at 6:39 PM

      Thanks Marisa!

  • Reply
    Bethany | A Simple Palate
    05/10/2018 at 7:40 PM

    This sounds so delicious and I appreciate you making this recipe so clear in your answering of questions. YUM!

    • Reply
      Amy
      06/10/2018 at 6:39 PM

      Thanks Bethany!

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