“ Manufacturer: Birds Eye / Type: Pie „
One of my all time favourite meals is Steak and Kidney pie, and it usually doesn't matter who makes it since they are all usually tasty and filling. I've tried them all at one time or another I think.
Bell's used to be the best but of late their quality has reduced so I got round to trying others again. ASDA's cheap 54p ones are tasty as are Morrisons similar priced version.
Steak and Kidney pie, chips, and peas and you got yourself one happy Don. Especially if there is also a nice afters.
Birdseye have been around for a while now and in general I think they produce some nice tasty food at a reasonable price, so I reckon their version of a steak and kidney pie deserved a try out.
They come in at around £1.99 - £2.79 for four depending on where you shop, and sometimes they are on special offer for even cheaper, and as you will discover there is a reason for that.
The pies take about 35 mins to cook from frozen, so you have plenty of time to smell the nice odour, which wafts from the oven whilst they are cooking. This kind of gets your expectations up. Once cooked, they are removed from the oven looking the real deal. Nice and round, quite thick and a nice golden coloured pastry.
Add some chips and peas get a knife and fork and hey presto get stuck in. Well actually you might prefer a straw and a spoon. On cutting into the pie and looking for that first delicious piece of steak or kidney your taste buds are buzzing.
A sudden rush of gravy pours from the pie with some miniscule pieces of some kind of meat. The once crusty pastry has suddenly went all limp. The knife and fork are pretty much useless and a spoon is required.
Just a minor glitch the meat will be hidden deeper in the pie, so you cut off more pastry and delve in. More tiny pieces of something and lots more gravy.
The chips and the gravy go wonderfully together and the peas also get a nice coating of gravy and the meal starts to taste quite nice. The gravy is meaty if somewhat thin, it tastes quite nice, but where's the steak or kidney, surely these tiny pieces are not the main filling.
Yep that's yer lot, loads of tiny pieces of supposedly steak and kidney, they were so small that to differentiate would be futile. So it was basically a gravy pie however tasty the gravy was.
I suppose at around 50p each you shouldn't expect too much, but the ASDA pies for 54p are load with meat. I was seriously disappointed with these, what was there was indeed tasty, but hardly filling. My wife tried the chicken ones and they are pretty much the same.
So unfortunately I'll not be recommending them, although they were tasty there was no substance, the pastry fell to bits into the runny gravy, so I ended up with a much which was mopped up by my chips. Suffice to say I won't be buying these again.
My last review on a Birds Eye product was a one-star angry rant. You'll be pleased to hear that this review will be much more positive and will involve less mention of disturbing peas with gooey yellow centres!
I have been buying Birds Eye's Steak and Kidney Pies for a couple of years now and I will continue to purchase them and keep them in the freezer for days when I fancy a nice comforting hot meal and cannot be bothered to cook anything which requires more effort! I have them with oven chips and peas, which makes a lovely dinner.
The pies are described by Birds Eye as 'Succulent pieces of steak and pork kidney with a delicious gravy in a light shortcrust pastry'. The filling and pastry make up 50 per cent of the pie each.
The cooking instructions are very simple: you just put the pie in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius and cook them for 30-35 minutes. I always find that they need 35-40 minutes though, before they look golden brown. You cook the pies straight from the freezer, which means you don't have to worry about defrosting them.
Once cooked I sometimes have a bit of a problem getting the pies out of their foil cases and onto the plate in one piece, without them collapsing. I think Birds Eye could do with looking at a way to solve this. However once they are on the plate then all systems are go!
The pies taste lovely. The chunks of meat are bite sized and juicy, without any fatty or chewy bits. They taste really high quality. The pastry is lovely too, and there is a reasonable amount of rich gravy inside too. I always enjoy eating the pies and look forward to having them.
Each pie contains a huge 460 calories and 29 grams of fat, 14 grams of which is saturated. This means they aren't very good for your waistline, but I ignore that because they taste so nice!
I buy these pies in packs of 4 which cost £2.47 from Tesco, but you can also get them individually for 99 pence each. Obviously the 4 pack is much better value.
Birds Eye also do a Chicken Pie and a Minced Beef and Onion Pie in the same range, which I might try at some point in the future.