“ Manufacturer: Amy's / Food Type: Pie „
If you are looking for a warming and tasty winter pie then I might just have found you a serious possibility, especially if like me you are a vegetarian.
Amy's Pot Pie is an individual pie which is made in California by the company simply called Amy's. Named after a baby called Amy who came into the world in 1987, and whose arrival challenged the energy of her parents to the point where they were simply too shattered to cook healthy meals from scratch!
This situation sparked a gem of an idea and was to be the start of a new business. Rachel and Andy Berliner,Amy's parents, began to make healthy meals with the intention of supplying them locally.The idea was that others could enjoy good food, without hours spent in the kitchen creating havoc with utensils and ingredients. Having brought up 4 babies myself I can really identify with this, and there were times when I would have loved to have just heated up something quick and nutritious.
The Vegetable Pot Pie was the first of their success stories. You can purchase these in Holland and Barrett for £1.79 in the freezer section.
Vegetable Pot Pie
INGREDIENTS : ORGANIC WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC POTATOES, GRADE AA BUTTER, ORGANIC CARROTS, ORGANIC TOFU(FILTERED WATER, ORGANIC SOYBEANS, NIGARI [MAGNESIUM CHLORIDE, A NATURAL FIRMING AGENT]), ORGANIC ONIONS, RICE FLOUR, ORGANIC PEAS, ORGANIC TAMARI, SEA SALT, HONEY, SPICES, YEAST EXTRACT, TURMERIC. CONTAINS WHEAT, MILK AND SOY.
Each pie is 420 calories and contain no transfats.
The packaging is lovely-a pretty square box in dark blue gingham with an image of the pie which has been sliced open so you can see what might be inside. Brightly coloured organic carrots and peas sit in a creamy sauce with their tofu chunk companions.
You have the choice between a quick heat up in a microwave, or a 45 minute marathon in a traditional oven. I do the latter as I don't own a microwave.
Don't expect a melt in the mouth white short crust pastry-no this is rustic whole-wheat with a real bite to it. It has a nice forked edge making the outside frill chunky and substantial.
Now the sauce itself is slightly gloopy, a thick but creamy sauce. I am not overly keen on the consistency and find it slightly gluey, but it is very tasty and certainly something I have grown to appreciate more over the years. After all it is now over 20 years since I ate my first one of these pies! The sauce is flavoured beautifully with turmeric and other spices which give it warmth and a rich taste, and there are just enough vegetables and tofu to fill the pastry well leaving no holes or empty areas!
You can glaze the pie for a more golden finish. I tend to do this about half way through the cooking just using some milk. It isn't necessary but it does give a more professional finish.
It is also quite a good idea to wait about 5 minutes or so after removing it from the oven. It does get piping hot and the full flavour emerges when it just cools down slightly.
This really is a delicious pie. I know tofu is not to all tastes, but this is a fantastic introduction to the world of healthy pies. This tofu is very well cooked and flavoured I think it is a long way from the bland tofu which languishes in the chillers of large supermarkets. Tofu doesn't talk to me that often when I am shopping, but this certainly says "buy me" like no other.
Considering the pie is all the way from California the price is excellent especially when you consider it is mostly organic. This is party due to the fact that Amy's try to source ingredients for the pies locally, so that there are less food costs as well as environmental ones at the production end. As Holland and Barrett is such a large chain their buying power in bulk really enables this pie to be sold at an excellent price for the quality ingredients contained within it.
I like to serve it with mashed potatoes which I make with leeks and sometimes pesto added to them for a change, but as lazy dinner can be enjoyed by adding a simple salad or even some oven chips.
I love pies and this one is more towards the healthier end of the scale!
This review also appears on Ciao under my user name there Violet1278.