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Jamie Oliver’s Veggie Toad-in-the-hole

Costing just 77p per portion, this veg-packed Yorkshire pudding is topped with plenty of gravy for a hearty, warming weekend dinner. As seen on Jamie's One Pound Wonders on Channel 4.

Introduction

Crispy, chewy Yorkshire pudding is a beautiful thing. This fail-safe giant Yorkshire embraces lots of lovely veggies, but you can easily chuck in leftover cheese or cooked meats to make it your own. Paired with lashings of gorgeous gravy, this makes me very happy indeed.

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Ingredients

4 (400g) red onions
800g carrots
olive oil
165g plain flour
150ml semi-skimmed milk
4 large eggs
½ a bunch of (10g) sage
4 thick slices of (200g) bread
red wine vinegar
1 tsp berry jam, such as strawberry, blackberry or redcurrant jelly
1 tsp yeast extract
1 vegetable stock cube
½ a Savoy cabbage
200g frozen peas

Essential kit

You will need: a 30cm x 30cm roasting tray and a 35cm x 25cm roasting tray.

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Method

Cost per portion: 77p*

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6. Peel 2 onions and chop diagonally into 5cm pieces, along with the carrots (there’s no need to peel them). Transfer to a 30cm x 30cm roasting tray, toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then roast for 20 minutes. Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a 35cm x 25cm roasting tray, and place in the oven alongside to get hot (make sure that the shelf is lowered so the Yorkshire has room to rise).

Meanwhile, tip 150g of the flour into a large jug, pour in the milk, 50ml of cold water and whisk together, making sure you don’t have any lumps. Once well combined, whisk through the eggs one at a time and season lightly with sea salt and black pepper.

Finely chop the sage leaves and remaining onions, place in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with 1 tablespoon of oil and cook for 10 minutes, or until softened. Quickly run the bread under the tap to soften, then squeeze out the excess water and place in a bowl. Add just half of the sage and onion mixture and use your hands to scrunch together, then divide and roll the mixture into golf ball-sized rounds and rub with 1 tablespoon of oil.

Once the time’s up on the carrots and onions, add the veggie stuffing balls to the tray, nestling them in between the veg, then return to the oven. Working quickly but carefully, pull the oiled tray out of the oven and pour in the batter. Turn up the heat to 220°C/425°F/gas 7 and cook for 20 minutes, or until puffed up and golden – don’t be tempted to open the oven door during that time. Meanwhile, crack on with the gravy.

Boil the kettle. Place the onion and sage pan on a medium-high heat. Stir in 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar, the jam, yeast extract and crumble in the stock cube. Stir in the remaining flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Gradually pour in 500ml of boiling kettle water and simmer for 5 minutes. Season to taste, then let it bubble away until your desired consistency, stirring regularly. Strain through a sieve into a jug, if you like, then transfer to a saucepan and cover to keep warm.

Wash, drain and very thinly slice the cabbage (stalks and all) and place in the empty gravy pan (there’s no need to clean it). Pour in 2 tablespoons of cold water, cover with a lid and leave to steam for 5 minutes, or until tender, adding the frozen peas for the final 2 minutes.

Remove the giant Yorkshire pud to your board, scatter over the carrots, onions and stuffing balls, then slice up and serve with the cabbage, peas and gravy.

EASY SWAPS: Embrace whatever veg you’ve already got in the fridge – sliced mushrooms or parsnips would work well. Or chuck in any leftover cooked meat – bacon or sausages would be delicious.

LOVE YOUR LEFTOVERS: If you’ve got leftover fresh herbs, prolong their life by wrapping the stalks in wet kitchen paper before popping back in the fridge. Or, pound them up with a little salt and decant into ice-cube trays to use in soups, stews or pasta, or to flavour meat and fish.

ENERGY 637kcals FAT 19.5g SAT FAT 4.2g PROTEIN 24.5g CARBS 95.8g SUGARS 25.5g SALT 1.7g FIBRE 16g

*Prices correct at time of filming (January 2023).

Recipe © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited. Photography: Jamie Oliver Ltd 2023

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