Vegetarians (and those trying to cut back on meat) rejoice! Check out Jamie Oliver’s Mushroom Toad in the Hole recipe and cook along with the chef.
If you live in the United Kingdom, you’re likely familiar with the delicious dish known as Toad in the Hole. However, for those unfamiliar with the meal, be assured that it does not contain any trace of toads or frogs. (At least, not anymore….)
Traditionally, the dish consists of sausages layered in a basic batter and baked until golden brown. Let me tell you; it’s excellent comfort food on a Sunday morning. I cannot recommend it enough. Yet as I get older, I’m becoming more concerned about my meat consumption. So when I came across this Jamie Oliver recipe that substitutes mushrooms for sausages, I did a little happy dance. This means I’ll be able to make Toad in the Hole more often!
Why call it “toad in the hole?”
The dish’s name, Toad in the Hole, is believed to originate from the fact that the sausages look like toads poking out of a hole. The name, however, could have been influenced by the fact that toads were once a common ingredient in medieval British cuisine.
The dish’s origins are unknown, but it is thought to have originated in the 18th or 19th centuries. One explanation is that the dish was invented to use leftover sausages and batter, which were frequent components in British households during the period. Another explanation is that it was popular among farmers and shepherds who needed a satisfying supper to keep them going through long days in the fields.
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Watch to learn how to make a vegetarian Mushroom Toad in the Hole with chef Jamie Oliver!