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Melton Mowbray Pork Pies
Forryan's Melton Mowbray Pork Pies
Member Name: Whizz11
Forryan's Melton Mowbray Pork Pies
Advantages: Tastes great
Disadvantages: Don't think about the ingredients inside
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!!
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