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Meat-free Yorkshire Puddings with gravy

Updated on August 9, 2015
Yorkshire pudding with vegetables & wine gravy
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Yorkshire Pudding with Vegetables in Wine Gravy

This is a truly wonderful meat-free recipe that is simplicity itself and yet very impressive and extremely tasty. It's fabulous to serve on a cold evening or as part of a dinner party and yet it's so very quick and easy to prepare.

It combines very inexpensive vegetables in a rich wine-flavored gravy, served on a bed of delicious, light and fluffy Yorkshire pudding.

The pudding batter is cooked in the oven to form a base to which the vegetables are added. Serve with a salad and fresh, crusty bread to mop up the lovely rich (and wine-flavored) gravy.

If you're feeding a crowd, it's easy to double up, triple up are even quadruple up to make larger quantities. This makes this recipe perfect for almost any occasion and is a great meat-free alternative.

The addition of the wine - which makes the gravy beautifully rich - makes this dish perfect for serving at celebrations and holidays; the wine simply adds that special 'something'. Don't you always have a bottle on the go when you're cooking? I do!

This is what you'll need

I admit straight away that I cheat when it comes to the Yorkshire pudding batter.Many Yorkshire people would ostracise me for that! But really,it's quicker, simpler and tastier than making my own. Truly.

For the batter base:

  • 1 pack Yorkshire pudding mix (my mum would disown me)
  • 1 egg

For the filling:

  • 1 large or two small onions peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot scraped and sliced into rounds
  • Button mushrooms - about 6 oz. - washed and quartered
  • I tablespoon olive oil
  • Half a glass red wine
  • A touch - just the tip of a teaspoon - of Marmite

How to make this tasty dish

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. It's a good idea to add the dish in which you're going to cook the Yorkshire pudding to heat it up.
  2. Make the Yorkshire pudding batter by pouring the mix into a bowl and adding a fresh egg and 220 ml of cold water. I know this is a cheat but there's no way I can make Yorkshire puddings the way my mum used to. Mix it well with a balloon whisk. Leave this to relax until the oven reaches the required temperature.
  3. Add half the oil to a frying pan or skillet and gently sauté the onions. Add the sliced carrots and cook the two together for five minutes. Add the quartered mushrooms and cook for a further minute.Pour in the wine and bring to a boil then reduce the heat so that the vegetables are simmering gently. Take the teaspoon with just a touch Marmite and stir this in.
  4. Pour the remaining oil into the hot oven dish and return it to the oven until the oil is hot. Add the Yorkshire pudding batter and bake for about twenty minutes.Pour the vegetables over the cooked pudding, cook for a further five minutes,slice and serve!

Original Yorkshire Pudding Mix 142g (case of 6 boxes)
Original Yorkshire Pudding Mix 142g (case of 6 boxes)

We have a great British store nearby here in Florida and can buy the mix there. In the comments below, a reader asked me if it's available online. Yes! This is the exact British brand that we buy. This is for a case of six boxes - once you've had it, I promise you'll want more!

 
Best Manufacturers 12-Inch Balloon Whip with Metal Handle
Best Manufacturers 12-Inch Balloon Whip with Metal Handle

My mum, who of course was a Yorkshirewoman, would have never, ever, ever used a rotary or - heaven forbid - an electric mixer to make Yorkshire puddings. This great quality whisk is all you need to make light and fluffy puddings.

 

Why I can't make Yorkshire puddings from scratch

It's actually quite simple. My mum, who made the very best in the world, couldn't make perfect puddings in Florida either.

When she used to come here to visit, my brother would beg her to make them - he was having withdrawal symptoms, I think.

They were tasty enough but,sad to say, they weren't the real thing.

Mum had three theories about this:

  • The water, she maintained, is all wrong. You just can't make Yorkshire puddings without good Yorkshire water straight from the tap
  • The flour is ll wrong too.Exactly what my mum thought the difference are,I'm not sure, but she still stated that you can't make proper puddings with American flour
  • The humidity, she said, in Florida, means that the batter, when it's resting, doesn't do what it's supposed to.(She wasn't quite clear exactly what)

But those were her excuses and she was sticking to them...

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    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Merrci: Yep, my mum would be appalled :) The only thing I could say to her is 'but I could never make puds like yours'. And I'd be right - without using a mix my puds are hopeless. But at least the mix is made in Yorkshire :)

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      Merry Citarella 

      4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Yorkshire pudding mix? On behalf of your mum, I say, what??? Recipe looks delicious though. I do love yorkshire pudding.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: My mum would be horrified though :) Thanks for the pin!

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      Hmmm, from a mix (I'm sure you are an excellent judge). I like the simplicity of your recipe. (I've reached my maximum Squid Likes for today, but shall return). Pinned.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Gypzeerose: We tried several mixes but this is definitely the best - and we're good judges :)

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      Rose Jones 

      4 years ago

      I have never made Yorkshire pudding - I didn't know that there was a mix. This sounds great and healthy too.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Jogalog: I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

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      Jogalog 

      4 years ago

      I love yorkshire puddings, usually with a roast dinner but also filled with chilli is great. This sounds a lovely way to do them too.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Adventuretravels: Me too :)

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      Giovanna 

      4 years ago from UK

      I love Toad in the Hole - Yorkshire Pudding with Sausages. I like that this recipe is vegetarian. I like the wine too!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Erin Mellor: Erin,I drink the rest of the BOTTLE whilst cooking. Then we open another to enjoy with the meal:)

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      Love the recipe - do I get to drink the other half of the red wine whilst I'm cooking?

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Virginia Allain: This mix is definitely the closest you can get to the real thing (the real YORKSHIRE thing). We are both from Yorkshire and were brought up on the stuff so we're good judges :)

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      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Great, one of my favorites, yorkshire pudding, but would never have thought of serving it up like this.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Elsie Hagley: It is completely yummy. If you haven't tried it, it makes a really good change and is a meal in itself, especially with a lovely crisp salad on the side.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @nightbear lm: And it's even tastier than it looks :)

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      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      I make a fabulous pot roast, but never tried making yorkshire pudding with it. My mother-in-law used to serve this and I loved it.

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      nightbear lm 

      4 years ago

      What a gorgeous picture, mouth watering. Thank you!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Susan Zutautas: Yes indeed :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wine flavored gravy YUM!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Nancy Hardin: The new format is fabulous - thank you!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ColettaTeske: We have a British food store here in Fort Lauderdale :) But I wonder if it's available online? I'll check and add it above if so.Thanks for the heads up!

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ruthi: The Yorkshire pudding mix is as near to the real thing as you'll get :) My mum always used to say that it's impossible to make the real thing in the States because 'the flour isn't right'. So the mix is even better than home made (I tell myself!)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Wonderful!! This lens looks like something from a magazine, and makes me want to make this recipe. Congratulations on being one of the first to use the new format so well! <3

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      ColettaTeske 

      4 years ago

      Your recipe sounds wonderful. Can I buy Yorkshire pudding in the states?

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      I had to laugh about your packaged pudding, sounds like me and pie crust! This really sounds tasty. I have not ever had "real" Yorkshire pudding and would love to taste it too, but do like your meatless recipe as a way of eating less meat, which I am really trying to do.

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