“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Pies „
Staying with my Vegetarian mate at the moment, finding things that interested me to eat have been hard at times. Sure I don't have to eat what she does but it's easier particularly when we go on holiday so often in a caravan!
I like to cook from scratch like many people do but space (in the caravan) and time (We are house clearing her property out at the moment) means that more often than not we just want things too cook with minimal effort but of course nice to taste nice.
I love a pie and when I spotted these in Asda costing £1.03 a pie I simply had to buy them for us and we were both sadly excited by the thought of them!
Green cardboard box and on the top of it I'm told that it Asda Farmhouse Style Vegetable Puff Pastry Pie 'Potato, leeks, onions, sweet potato, carrots, peas and swede in a creamy sauce, baked in golden shortcrust pastry and topped with puff pastry' and then I'm told that it serves one person and that it contains no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat and that it is suitable for freezing and Vegetarians, there is an at a glance nutritional chart given on there and the best before date is clearly displayed. Other information given on the box includes ingredients and storage advice being given, there is a full nutritional chart displayed, allergy advice and cooking instructions are listed and contact details for Asda are given. On the sides of the box's there are pictures of the pie too and all in all it looks like nice quality packaging and of course it is all informative enough!
The Pie Itself:
Comes in a silver tray and we purchased ours from a refrigerator and so it cooked in 25 minutes in the oven but of course if you would prefer to freeze it then expect it to take about 40 minutes to cook!
The pie is oval in shape and when cooked it goes a light golden colour but I kept having to check it was cooking cos it gave off no aroma when cooking at all which is never a good sign eh lol!
When cooked though it was a decent size though looked a bit flat and didn't rise at all which I sort of expected it to given it is made from puff pastry.
Both me and my mate didn't like our pies at all! The pastry was bland and although a little flaky it wasn't overly so. It really lacked any flavour at all and was a little on the dry side making it hard to swallow.
The inside of the pie was filled with a thin white sauce and small chunks of vegetables. Again it was all very bland and the vegetables were a bit soggy. We both expected more vegetables but what there was wasn't seasoned or tasty and there was more sauce than vegetables and all in all the vegetables are not worth talking about cos there was such a lack of them!
We didn't like this full stop and felt it was very overpriced for what it was and we had really expected quality! Wouldn't buy this boring offering of a pie again and neither would my mate and we are sticking with Linda McCartney one's from now on!
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
Saturated Fat: 14.8g
Only available in Asda stores but my advice is don't bother with these if you can help it!