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A vegetarian version of toad in the hole. Try this comforting classic with all sorts of veg: even roasted broccoli would be good. Some will take longer to cook than others, so add at different stages – root veg first, then the quicker cookers like peppers and broccoli.


  • for the batter:
  • 75g plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 100ml milk
  • 25ml water
  • for the gravy:
  • Knob of butter
  • 250g onions, peeled & finely sliced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce (use balsamic vinegar if vegetarian)
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 450ml veg or chicken stock
  • for the veg:
  • About 1-1.5kg mixed veg e.g. parsnips, squash, carrots, swede, red pepper, celeriac, potato, onion
  • Olive oil
  • Leaves from 2 sprigs fresh thyme, or some chopped rosemary leaves (or 1 tsp dried herbs if fresh not available)
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4.
  2. Make the batter in a large bowl: Mix the flour with a little salt. Make a well and add the egg. Mix with the flour then gradually add the milk and water, whisking until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Make the gravy: heat the butter in a pan and add the onions, a little salt and a teaspoon of sugar.
  4. Gently cook until the onions are very soft and turning a caramel colour. Add a splash of Worcestershire sauce or balsamic vinegar if vegetarian, then the flour and stir well.
  5. Gradually add the stock a ladle at a time, stirring constantly until the gravy is smooth.
  6. For the veg: In a baking dish toss the veg in a little olive oil, add the herbs, season with salt and pepper and roast until tender. Remove from the oven and add a couple more tablespoons of oil to the baking dish.
  7. Turn the oven up to 220°C/Gas 8, return the dish and veg to the oven until the oil is hot, then add the batter to the baking dish.
  8. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until the batter has puffed up, looks brown and crisp on top and has cooked through. Serve with the onion gravy.
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