“ Manufacturer: John Buller's / Type: Pies „
As any of you that have to provide dinner for your family week in, week out sometimes you just need something a bit different and that's exactly why I brought this pie! It was a complete impulse buy when I saw it sat in the freezer at my local Tesco I thought 'why not give it a try?!' The cost was under £2 for the 2 pies in the box
So where did the idea come from to put 2 meals in one? Most people around the Midlands love a balti on a Friday night and some clever so and so decided to combine this passion with another love of most males, football! Already on to a winner and this variety of pie has become a firm half time favourite with many supporters in over 70 clubs up and down the country!
The pies come in the usual cardboard box, predominantly black in colour with the John Buller's logo on the top and a reference to the football origins of the pie with a football icon and the slogan 'footy favourite' so is easily recognizable on the shelf.
There is also a picture of a pie which looks delicious and gets the taste buds working overtime!
Usual information is recorded - ingredients, nutritional values and the like.
The best before date is roughly a year from the month I purchased it so a good thing to keep in the freezer.
The allergy information given is that the pie contains wheat, gluten, egg and milk and a warning the pie may have been made in a factory handling nuts although none are contained in the product itself.
The information listed is per 200g pie and the percentages are of an adults general daily allowance (GDA)
Calories = 548 (27% GDA)
Fat = 33g (67% GDA)
Saturates = 13.5g (67%)
Salt = 1g (17%)
As you can see the saturated fat levels in this pie are a little astronomical and I admit if I'd been a prudent shopper and checked the values it probably wouldn't have ended up in my basket!
Despite the fat levels however the box does claim there are no hydrogenated fats contained.
STORAGE AND PREPARATION:
Obviously to be kept in the freezer and consumed by the best before date but it can be stored in the fridge for 24hours and used as long as it's not refrozen once defrosted.
Best cooked from frozen and the instructions recommend gas mark 7 for 30-35 minutes
LOOK, SMELL and TASTE:
The pie is made of a shortcrust pastry base with pieces of chicken in a creamy balti sauce topped with a puff pastry lid.
Once cooked the pie did brown up nicely and the smell was very appealing. Predominantly it was of the pastry I think but there was a hint of balti.
However what convinced me the most was when I cut the pie open, delicious! The filling was plentiful and substantial. By that I mean the chicken pieces were of a good size and the sauce was thick and creamy and of good colour. It stood out in contrast to the pastry so you can tell it was a proper balti colour!
Most importantly they tasted divine! I could normally give pies a miss but I ate every scrap of this! The pastry was light and in no way stodgy but the filling was magnificent! Just like been down the balti house on a Friday night! I expected the balti taste to be quite mild but it had an impact and tasted exactly as it should, not to hot but with a definite kick! The chicken was tender and almost melted in the mouth.
The only thing I would say was that I found this a little difficult to cook right! I don't know whether that's my culinary skills or the oven or the pie! I just found that because the top was made of puff pastry that cooked quite a lot sooner than the shortcrust base so I was having to try and cover them so I could continue cooking without burning the top. I think in the end I cooked them for about 45 minutes.
Obviously the other down side is the fat content and once I actually looked at the box it did put me off eating it a little bit. That was until I tucked in and realised how delicious they were! I've even gone out and brought some more so the taste must have won over the health score!
In summary a delicious pie that's something a bit different but not one to eat all the time due to the saturated fat levels! Hence the loss of one star I'm afraid!