“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Pies „
Please note, the picture above shows the family pie my review is for the individual pies.
Having tried more expensive branded pies and turning my nose up at them i wasn't sure that i would like these either since nothing compares to an home made pie. I had been invited round to a relatives for tea and they had cooked some of these ASDA branded pies, my first thoughts were "cheap and tacky". Much to my surprise they actually tasted really nice.
The pastry was nice and crisp unlike some other branded pies which i have known to go soggy. The pastry had an almost home made taste to it, i have tried many well known brand pies none of which have got this close to tasting like an home made pie.
There was plenty of filling inside and it was really nice tasting too. The chicken didn't taste like it was processed food it came in small chunks of real chicken.
The packaging of the pies isn't really that appealing with the ASDA brand stamped boldly on top making a point of them being a budget pie. It does however do the job and keep the pies protected and fresh.
Value for money is excellent, when bought on the 2 for £3 as it is at the moment on the Asda website it works out around 38p per pie which will barely touch your food budget. If you don't feel the need to buy 2 packets you can buy 1 packet of pies at £1.94. At just a fraction of the cost of most other branded pies you are getting a good quality and very edible pie.
Overall i think these pies are really good value for money. It goes to show that own brand products are not always necessarily low quality products.
These pies would make a great affordable meal for families of 4 on a tight budget.
My mum brought this pie from Asda when they were on special offer for £1.50 because the box was so big she thought it would do all of us for a meal with some mash and vegetables.
It looked nice when it was cooked and smelled proper herby, the crust had gone a lovely golden brown and looked yummy.
It was when my mum sliced it I realised that it wasn't going to be as nice as I thought it was going to be. The chicken was very pale and even though it is supposed to be a deep fill there's more air inside the pastry case than filling!
It doesn't taste very nice either and it's a proper bland pie. The chicken hardly tastes of anything and there's not much gravy in it to moisten the pastry case or the chicken inside, the gravy that is there is a bit sticky as well and even though it's got a few herbs in it the lovely herby smell when it came out of the oven didn't mean it tasted of herbs!
I thought the mushrooms were proper sloppy as well, they had no taste of mushroom at all and were just there to push the filling content up I reckon because they didn't add anything to the pie at all.
I usually love the flavours of chicken and mushroom but I didn't like this pie at all and thought it tasted proper cheap even though the normal price is over £2.00. It was big enough to serve the 4 of us but none of us ate all of our portion because the pie was so bland. Even though mum did a rich beef gravy up it still didn't hardly taste of anything and you know when something is so tasteless it can make you feel sick, this is one of them things.
I really do love foods with pastry, it's a real weakness on mine so when I saw this in Asda at 50p per pie (a few varieties are available for the same price) I was clearly unable to resist! Please note that Dooyoo are showing the photograph at the top of this page as a family pie, mine is the individual!
Clear and beige packet and on the front in white and brown writing I'm told it is Asda Chicken & Mushroom Pie, size is stated (150g), then I'm told it is freezable, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there and finally the display to and best before date are clearly displayed. On the back of the packet ingredients, allergy advice, storage and cooking instructions are given, contact details for Asda are given and finally there is bar-code on there.
The Pie Itself:
Well it's mainly a creamy colour with patches of the pastry being slightly golden and the 'lid' is smooth. In appearance it does look a bit stodgy and plain however once cooked (in the oven at 190C/375F,Gas Mark 5 for about 22 minutes from chilled or 32 minutes from frozen) it does look less stodgy and more 'together' and of course takes on a firmer feeling.
Taste wise this is simply ok. The pastry is a little bland and for shortcrust pastry (which this is) it really isn't buttery or that seasoned but it's ok really and nothing special. The filling, well there isn't very much of that and what there is of it is more a gone of white coloured thickish sauce with a about 4 tiny cubes of chicken in there that look anemic and a few mushroom cubes.
It isn't awful, is filling but for me isn't what lights my fire in the taste stakes and I couldn't call it delicious. It is economy and that's that really, sometimes you get what you pay for and in this case I guess I did. For me however it was a bit bland I guess. The pastry didn't taste of much, neither did the filling and I even had to get the salt pot out (very unlike me!). As I said it's simply ok and it is filling....a bit like munching on a brick would be I think though lol.
Contains gluten, milk, wheat and egg.
Saturated Fat: 8.3g
Only available in Asda stores and currently on offer at two for a pound.