“ Manufacturer: Ginsters / Type: Pie „
My dad phoned from work the other day to ask if we'd got any pies in, we hadn't so I offered to go to Tesco and get him one in for his tea. Then 5 mins later my mum rang to say she wouldn't be home for dinner so I got 2 pies for me and my dad to have for tea being as it was only the 2 of us.
These Ginsters Steak Pies are on special offer in Morrisons at the minute and cost £1.00, I think the normal price is £1.49 but they're so good that that's still brill value for money!
When you cook them from chilled they take 20 mins at gas mark 4, I did ours with mash and cabbage and you should deffo put the potatoes on to boil first or you'll end up with cold pie because these don't take all that long considering how big they are.
The pastry on the top is mega thick and when you take it out of the oven you'll probably be surprised at how shiney and fresh it looks, the pie smells majorly meaty and has gone a nice colour all the way over the pastry. When I cut into it for the first time I was surprised by how thick the gravy was and how much meat was in the pie. The filling is very deep and the pie isn't nearly all pastry like a lot of them are.
The gravy is more like sauce because it's so thick and meaty, it's got a delish home made flavour and there's enough of it so that it spills out when you cut a piece out of the pie and that gets the pastry nice and moist.
The meat is very tender, it's in cubes and nearly melts in your mouth when you start chewing it. Some steak in pies is gristly and chewy but this is brill quality and loads better than a steak Pukka Pie I had the other day out of the chippy. There was a couple of pieces of steak in each mouth full and like usual Ginsters deffo haven't scrimped on the meat in their pies.
Recommended..... a wicked pie that has got loads of meat in it and a lovely rich gravy!!
I was starving when I was in town yesterday and gave into temptation and bought a Ginsters Deep Fill Steak Pie. I wasn't expecting it to be great but I knew it would fill a hole. I have to say it wasn't the best thing I have ever eaten but it was actually pretty tasty. I would get one again, but only if I REALLY was hungry. At home I like to make my own pies and when out and about I prefer something a little healthier.
I quite liked the flaky pastry, which was not too thick. The gravy is really meaty and strong. It was quick thick, which was good for on the go. I guess that it would become runnier if you heated it.
The steak was in nice small pieces, which is good if you are eating on the go and don't want to get food all over your face. I find that smaller pieces of meat mean smaller mouthfuls, which in turn mean far more of my dignity is left in tact! If I was at home though, I think I would want a pie to me more meaty and have larger chunks of steak in it.
I had mine cold on the go. If I was having it at home I would definitely heat it up. I find things like these are much nicer when heated through. It was pretty nice cold though.
I paid £2.29 for mine, which at the time I thought was pretty expensive but it was slightly cheaper than the sandwiches on sale and yet I would say it was far more filling.
We always try to have a full roast dinner as a family at lunchtime on a Sunday, but occasionally things crop up and we have to make changes, on these occasions we have a pie or two tucked away in the freezer to use instead as it doesn't take as much time or effort.
This last weekend we were out for a buffet lunch so decided to have pie in the evening, when we went shopping this past week we saw these 'Ginsters' pies on special offer at Tesco for ½ price at £1.24 each. Each pie is 250g and is a suitable size for one adult or two children and comes in steak or chicken & mushroom varieties. Due to the special price we bought two boxes of each variety and this review is based on the steak one.
The top of the pie is crusty, with the rim being slightly thicker and flaky too, once you take the pie from the foil container it holds it shape well and the lid being well attached to the sides meant that no filling escaped during the cooking or serving process.
As you cut into the pie, the filling oozes out of the pie, releasing a real meaty aroma. The filling is a dark brown lumpy mix which contains plenty of chunky steak, which is really tender, small chunks of bacon, giving the pie a slightly different but still tasty meaty flavour, and plenty of meaty gravy encasing it all in a moist yet crispy and light short crust pastry that melts in your mouth.
I was not disappointed with this pie, it was filled right to the top with meat and gravy, which pleases me no end; a Tesco pie the other week was supposed to be deep filled but there was so much empty space inside it was not worth the money spent on it. The meat was really tender and melted in your mouth, although there was only a small amount of bacon, it complimented the other flavours and textures. I wasn't sure if I could eat the whole thing myself as it seemed fairly large on the plate, but it was a good size, the flavour was great and I was more than happy to clean my plate up.
We had our pie with a few new potatoes and some vegetables; you can eat it on its own as a snack or part of a meal. As it is already cooked you can even eat it cold straight from the box, but I'm not sure how messy that would be with the filling, the gravy was fairly thick but still runny, if it was cold then it may stay thicker than when cooked.
The packaging is compact and made entirely of cardboard which can be recycled easily. The top/main part of the box is divided into ½, with the left half in black and containing details of what is inside written in white writing, while the left is a photo of what the pie should look like. The pie did look almost like the photo; the only thing that made me slightly disappointed was the pieces of steak in the photo show rather large pieces, whereas the pie itself had small pieces. The back/bottom of the box contains all the relevant information you need to have on a food product as well as a description about the team at Ginsters and how they make their pies, contact details and freezing/heating guidelines.
I loved this pie and will get some more before the offer runs out, and I'm now looking forward to trying the other variety too. The half price offer lasts until 21/10/08, so go get them before they go back up to £2.48. They are suitable for home freezing, but should be consumed within a month.