“ Manufacturer: Dalepak / Type: Pie „
We always have the same favourites in our freezer at home but I'm the sort of person who, whilst picking up all our usuals from the supermarket, I also like to have a look around to see if I can find anything new that takes my fancy. A few weeks ago during my browsing of the frozen aisles I came across a variety of Dalepak foods in the vegetarian/meat free section. I've tried a few of their products before which I've quite liked so when I saw their Vegetable Puff Pastry Pies I thought I'd give them a try too.
Two pies come in a cardboard box and there is a very delicious looking picture of a pie on the front which is what tempted me to buy them to be honest as I wouldn't usually go for something like this. They are a puff pastry pie encasing tomatoes, aubergines, onion and chargrilled peppers in a rich tomato and basil sauce. The pie is a rather large circular shape and, once cooked, the outside edge is crispy and a dark golden brown colour, whilst the top section of pastry is slightly softer as it soaks up some of the tomato sauce. Inside, the vegetables are very nice, and they have to be good for me to say that because I'm not a big fan of vegetables and especially don't like eating them big like this. The veg is all very soft and well-cooked and, mixed with the sauce, is given a slightly spicy flavour. I'll admit that when cooked, although they look just as good as they do on the image on the front of the pack, they don't actually taste quite as nice as I'd expected them to. Don't get me wrong they are nice but I won't be in a hurry to buy them again. The pastry is the best part being very crispy on the outside and just perfectly cooked in the centre with a texture of soft but slightly crispy. The vegetables are nice but the sauce is a little bland tasting and not tomatoey or spicy enough for me. They are very filling and just a few potatoes with this make a perfect dinner, suitable for vegetarians.
The pies can be cooked in the oven at gas mark 6 or 200 degrees and should take 25-30 minutes although I often find that mine are done in around 20 minutes. It's easy to tell when they're ready as they become golden brown in colour and the edge of the pastry begins to get slightly flaky.
Each pie contains 434 calories and 26.7g of fat and is of course healthy because it is full of lots of vegetables and no artificial rubbish.
I've only seen these on sale in Iceland where a pack of two pies costs only £1 which is good value as the pies are fairly large. They are quite tasty and I enjoy them whenever I make one and they make a change from the usual food in our house but, unfortunately, they're not yummy enough to become one of the regulars in our house.