Ham & asparagus toad-in-the-hole

Ham & asparagus toad-in-the-hole

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Prep: 8 mins Cook: 22 mins


Serves 4
Try this twist on traditional toad-in-the-hole - sure to become a firm family favourite

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal288
  • fat12g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein19g
  • salt1.84g
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  • 16 thick asparagus spears



    Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs



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  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 150ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 2 tbsp chopped mixed herb, such as parsley, dill and oregano
  • 8 slices lean ham, halved


  1. Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Cook the asparagus spears in boiling salted water for 2 mins, drain and set aside on kitchen paper.

  2. Pour the oil into a 37cm x 26.5cm shallow roasting tin and place in the oven to heat up. Whisk the eggs, flour, milk and 150ml cold water together until smooth, or whizz in a food processor. Season and stir in the herbs.

  3. Wrap each asparagus spear in a piece of ham. Arrange them in the hot roasting tin and pour over the batter. Bake for 20 mins, or until risen and golden. Serve with a crunchy green salad.

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6th May, 2014
This worked perfectly with half quantities. Very easy, but it did take longer than the time given. Served with roast wedges and sweetcorn, definitely one to make again.
21st Dec, 2013
An absolutely delicious tea! Lovely fresh flavours and very light. I used asparagus tips rather than spears & bundled them in groups of two & threes but this meant I couldn't fit as many parcels in so would stick to spears instead next time. It went very quickly in my house & would be fab with some summer veggies like green beans.
14th Aug, 2012
This was mint!
10th Jul, 2012
I have never made toad-in-the-hole myself, but I've tried the traditional one with sausages at a friend's, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw this recipe and thought I'd give it a go. I didn't have self-raising flour, so I used plain flour, adding a pinch each of baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, and it worked really well! I also had some left over bacon that had to be used, so I trimmed and friend it, before adding it to the batter - along with salt, pepper and oregano and pouring it over the asparagus - delicious!
10th Jun, 2012
Is there a reason for using self-raising flour for this recipe? I've always used plain flour for Yorkshire pudding ...
7th Jun, 2012
This was delicious!! Made a really light and tasty mid-week summer meal. Will definitely be doing again. Would also serve it as a side to roast chicken. I used prosciutto and it gave a lovely saltiness to the dish, also added parmesan although I don't think it brought much extra to the dish. Yummy! :)
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6th Jun, 2012
How different, not made this yet but i will. We have chives and parsley growing so will use these. We have a few spears of asparagus still coming through but they are coming to there end so will make up the rest with shop bought. I will also add some parmigiana to the mix before cooking.. Will probably serve with spinach (chard beet home-grown) and new potatoes plus chicken gravy. Oh and im going to do what Reece did and will use Prosciutto. I'll be back to comment on how it went.
1st May, 2012
I made this for my girlfriend went down very well! I also found the cooking time wasn't sufficient, so cooked for an extra 10-15 minutes. I used Prosciutto and wrapped it around each piece of Asparagus to add some drama. It worked out really well. try it! I served mine with mixed leaves salad ie. Rocket, Spinach, tomato & olive oil.
23rd Mar, 2012
Have cooked this twice now, added cheese the second time, it was yum. Anyone got any suggestions as to what to serve with it tho?
8th Nov, 2011
Loved this recipe, my children thought it was wonderful. Made a vegetable gravy and some frozen veg and it made a great weeknight supper that was quick and easy.


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22nd Jul, 2019
Try also with slices of Parma ham wrapped around courgettes that have been quartered lengthways. Don’t use dill but add 4 tbsps finely grated parmesan to the herby batter
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