“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Pie „
I am rather partial to a pie; the weird bit is when it comes to ASDA steak pies
the small individual ones, I prefer them cold. I just find that cold they taste a bit better, turns out my son likes them better this way too.
ASDA Steak Pie
The small individual steak pie that comes on its own or a pack of four is perhaps around 5 inches long and 4 inches wide which is a reasonable size for a pie methinks. It has a nice golden puff pastry top, which is quite thick, and it looks really nice. I have had it heated with some chips and peas, and for the modest 50p price tag it is a very nice little pie.
The gravy is of a decent viscosity, tasty and quite rich, for the 50p price tag there is a fair amount of meat in it. The meat is tender and as of yet I have not found chunks of gristle that you might expect to find in a cheap steak pie. The pieces of meat for the majority are smallish, but well cooked. There is the odd large piece, which gives a little surprised look when found.
However I found myself in a rush one time and as a matter of speed I ate one cold and found that I much preferred them in their cold state. I know it doesn't sound to appealing, and to be honest looking at the inside of a cold pie is no picture, but it did taste better for some unknown reason.
For 50p I think this is a great buy. They are tasty, quite filling and a quick fill up when required. I'm not going to kid you they are not the best Steak Pies I have tasted, but they are by no means the worst. I find them very good value for money, and they have a good amount of meat in them considering the low price tag.
This took me back to my student days, and when I seen a 4 pack in Asda the other week I decided to buy them again. 4 Steak Pies cost only £1.99, and although we are quite greedy and tend to make the full 4 pack to share between the 2 of us (hey, they are cheap enough, and I cannot eat the full 2 anyway). We usually just team this with Chips and it makes an alright Tea.
Packaging is alright for these. It is a see through plastic bag covering and you can see the Pies though this. The Pies look like they have nice pastry, and are in foil trays. There is a picture on the front of a half eaten pie and you can see the filling spilling out from it.
Officially these are oven cook, but I have chucked the odd 1 in the Microwave. They are in the Chiller cabinet of Asda, so even blasting a pie for a minute and a half will cook it. Certainly it does come out pretty soggy, and the pastry doesn't have any crisp to it, but I don't mind the odd soggy pie, and I just add a dollop of sauce on the top and it does me. They cook in an oven at 190o for 20 minutes. You can certainly cook them for longer if you like the pastry a little darker, but I find after 20 minutes the pastry is a nice golden brown colour, has a nice crisp to it and the Steak inside is juicy and tender.
Each Pie has 443 calories and 28g fat, so eating the 2 of them certainly isn't recommended all the time - probably not recommended any time! You know what bad for you things normally taste like - pretty good. Just enjoy once in a while.
So I've described the outside pastry, what about the Steak inside? Well it isn't exactly bursting with Steak. The Chunks of Steak are quite large and they taste good. They don't seem to be that fatty or grissly. There is a good enough amount of gravy in here as well, and all in all I find these nice Pies. I don't think they taste that cheap at all.
A good cheap and quick enough meal for the family.
Ready made meat pies don't always go to the top of my shopping list but just now and again they are a good quick lunchtime snack.
I enjoy shortcrust pastry and hubby loves puff pastry so these pies are a good compromise for us, the bottom layer is shortcrust and the top is a fluffy puff pastry.
The pack of four steak pies are £1.97, they are packaged in a plain plastic tray inside and then covered with a no frill plastic sealed outer cover.
The four pack is an ideal buy for me, we eat two and the remaining two get frozen for another day.
From chilled the pies need to be put into the centre of a fairly hot oven (190C-Gas mark 5) and cooked for about 20 minutes, if you have a food thermometer just stick it in and check the filling is really hot before you serve them.
The oblong steak pies are plain and simply presented but what Asda have left out in the presentation stakes they have made up for in content.
The puff pastry lid is really flaky and though the pie is filled to the brim with a tasty rich beef and onion gravy this doesn't make the pie crust soggy when its cooked.
The bottom shortcrust layer slightly soaks up the gravy but in a good way, the gravy just adds extra taste to it.
The diced steak, I should imagine that they have used stewing steak or shin of beef is fairly evenly diced and relatively tender, the chunks are small but about right for the overall size of the pie.
The light brown gravy is seasoned well and there is a hint of pepper that stands out.
Asda have the ratio of pastry to filling just about right, so many pies have all pastry and very little filling. There would be enough gravy in the pies for them to be served with potatoes and vegetables as a teatime or supper meal.
If its up to me I leave them in the oven for a minute or two longer than they say to get the pie crust well done.
Each pie contains 443 calories, which is quite a lot for one small meat pie. 28.5g Fat, 13.7 Saturated fat and just 0.9g of sugar.
So if any dietitian were to take a peep at the nutritional value I don't think these pies would be recommended.
I am sure as a once in a while thing they are fine though.
They do contain Barley, Wheaten, Gluten and Eggs but they don't contain any artificial colorings or flavourings.
As I mentioned earlier the pies can be frozen and they can be oven cooked from frozen as long as you add the extra cooking time needed. This is always handy if you have a memory like mine and constantly forget to take food out to thaw.
As steak pies go these are fine and tasty, of course they cant compare with the far more expensive meat pies, but for a run of the mill meal they rate well.