Devilishly Tasty Mini Toad-in-the-Holes, these mini “Toads” are perfect for Halloween or Bonfire parties, and are served with spicy tomato & chilli relish
Seasonal Recipe using
Shaws 1889 Devilish Tomato & Chilli Relish
It’s that time of year again, the nights are drawing in and there’s a definite nip in the air early mornings and in the evenings too, it’s woolly jumper and wellies kind of weather, and with the donning of extra clothing comes the desire for comfort food. The end of October is well-known for Halloween……it has always been observed in the UK*, but in a different way, with Mischief Night in Yorkshire being the only fun we used to have, which was usually on the night before Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night). But, times change and with it comes the more American way of celebrating Halloween, with children dressing up for “trick or treat” as well as Halloween parties for the little ones too. So, food is very important, and is also gives us an excuse to cook with and enjoy a favourite seasonal ingredient, Bangers! (That’s sausages for my readers across the pond!) Today’s recipe for Devilishly Tasty Mini Toad-in-the-Holes certainly fits the bill for comfort food and also party food for Halloween or Bonfire Night, and these little “toads” are so easy to make (and eat!) too.
* Hallowe’en or All Hallows Eve…….the eve of the 1st November, which is All Souls Day; the 1st November is also the pagan festival of Samhain ~ the ancient feast that marked the end of the season of the sun (summer) and the start of the season of the darkness and cold (winter). The supernatural elements that abound at this time of year are probably a remnant of the Celts and their belief that the evil spirits came out as the nights drew longer and colder and the barriers between the spirit world and our own was at its weakest…….and, one way of banishing the evil spirits was to light bonfires and make merry around the burning flames whilst feasting and dancing.
Along with these Devilishly Tasty Mini Toad-in-the-Holes comes an essential spicy dip, using Shaws 1889 Devilish Chilli & Tomato Relish as the condiment to these mini toads. Their devilish Chilli & Tomato Relish is a perfect blend of real tomatoes with jalapeño and chipotle chillies for a deliciously smoky taste that we all love here at Chez Lavender and Lovage; plus, it adds a kick to burgers, hot dogs, meatballs and all your BBQ favourites, and it makes a great dip for chunky chips. It’s suitable for vegetarians and is also gluten-free, making it very versatile for families and guests that have dietary requirements. I have suggested serving with nothing else added for today’s recipe, but, if you are worried about its fiery reputation, then you can dampen down the fire with a little tomato ketchup, or a generous dollop of creme fraiche for a more creamy and mellow dip.
This is my second recipe in collaboration with Shaws of Huddersfield, they’ve been around for a long time, and some folk in Yorkshire may say they are “as old as the hills”, which has an element of truth in it, as they’ve produced on the same site in Huddersfield for over a 100 years – if you want to read their remarkable story, you can read more here: OUR FAMILY, THEN AND NOW. I have discovered other uses for their fiery tomato and chilli relish too, such adding it to Mexican inspired recipes such as Nachos, adding it to Welsh rarebit and cheese on toast, as well as mixing it with mayonnaise for a spicy dip for barbecued meats. Today’s seasonal recipe for Devilishly Tasty Mini Toad-in-the-Holes is shared below, and if you are catering for vegetarians, then just replace the meaty bangers with Quorn sausages or other veggie sausages. Enjoy the season and look out for two more seasonal recipes using Shaws products, for Christmas parties and the main even on Christmas Day. Bye for now, Karen
Disclaimer: Paid collaborative work with Shaws 1889
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