“ Manufacturer: Forryan's / Type: Pie „
Nothing can beat the taste of a Melton Mowbray pork pie, a crisp water crust pastry with just the right amount of jelly covering a very tasty portion of coarsely chopped well seasoned uncured pork.
A true Melton Mowbray pork pie is baked standing alone, no mould or hoop to support it, hence the irregular shape when cooked.
I have tried to cut corners by slipping a pack of supermarkets own label pork pies into my shopping but there is just no taste to them! I think the word `sawdust` comes to mind.
A good quality pork pie served with a salad is a meal fit for a King.
Way back in the 1970`s Mr Chappell started his Fine Foods company. Using a recipe that was over 200 years old the pork pies became his flagship product.
The word spread fast and soon enough there were requests coming from far and wide and Forryans pork pies were in big demand.
Today the company exports the pies Worldwide and receive many requests from people who want to know where they can buy the delicious Forryan Melton Mowbray pork pies.
Forryan`s produce a wide range of pies and home made sausages, including speciality cutting pies, hot eating pies, meat and game pies and sausage rolls.
The company is Leicester based which isn't too far from us.
All of their products are baked on site and that helps ensure that they are always completely fresh.
They have a fleet of temperature controlled delivery vans and supply many High Class deli`s , butchers and retailers.
In recent years The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association has been founded. A group of pork pie manufacturers in the area, including Chappell`s have formed this association to protect their unique recipe which is said to belong to the Leicestershire area.
Their fine pies can only be decsribed as works of art and it comes as no surprise that they are being enjoyed Worldwide.
Pork Pies are a traditional English dish. I don't think you can imagine having a buffet or picnic without one and probably the name synonymous with Pork Pies in England is Melton Mowbray.
Pork Pies are basically a type of meat pie. The meat inside is roughly chopped pork which is then surrounded in pork jelly and encased in a crust pastry. I think pork pies are definitely an acquired taste and that if you thought about it you probably wouldn't eat it. Ingredients in a pork pie include lard and pork fat, hardly the most appetising things you could imagine but if you lie them pork pies are definitely a wonderful food.
Melton Mowbray is a town in the Melton borough of Leicestershire. Melton Mowbray pies are often imitated and only true pies with a specific "hand-raising" process and recipe marks a pie as a Melton Mowbray pork pie. If you do want to make sure that you are getting a proper pork pie then always look for the 'Authentic Melton Mowbray' logo, to guarantee a truly authentic pie.
One way in which you can tell a Melton Mowbray pork pie from a regular one is by the colour of the meat. Apparently a Melton Mowbray pork pie uses only the finest British uncured pork so when cooked, the meat is a grey colour and not pink. Also the shell of the pie or the pastry is not cooked in a mould so each pie has an irregular shape. I think this adds to the fanfare around the pork pie and makes it interesting and different. Also, the fact that the inside is made to a secret recipe also makes it an interesting product and a good quality product in my opinion.
The taste to me of pork pies is great. The meat is always fresh and has a nice texture to it due to the roughly chopped pork. I do not eat the jelly though. I think it's one of those things that people either love or hate. To me it has a really salty taste and is quite slimy and I just do not like the consistency. It does apparently keep the meat nice and moist so I guess it needs to stay there but it is quite easy to pick out. The crust part is probably my favourite bit. The crust touching the jelly is always a bit moist and chewy, not soggy though which gives it a nice taste. Then the outside of the pie is always lovely and fresh and sometimes a bit crunchy.
The pork pies come in a variety of sizes depending one what you want. They do mini individual ones which are a little bit bigger than bite size and always quite fun to eat. As a couple we tend to get the 140g size one for two people. We then cut it in half and each have a half of the pie which is always enough to fill us up. There are quite a lot of calories in a pork pie but I think that is to be expected. !00g of pork pie contains 370 calories so if I eat half a 140g one (70g) I have 259 calories which for a small bit of pie is not great but these are very thick and heavy pies.
According to an article I just read, "On 4 April 2008 the European Union awarded the Melton Mowbray pork pie Protected Geographical Indication status, following a long-standing application made by the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association. As a result of this ruling only pies made within a designated zone around Melton, and using uncured pork, will be allowed to carry the Melton Mowbray name on their packaging."
So now we know that if we want a real Melton Mowbray pork pie this is what we'll get!!
Each authentic Melton Mowbray Pok Pie is hand made to a generations old secret recipe using fine British ingredients.