“ Manufacturer: Marks & Spencer / Type: Pie „
My husband came back from a recent shopping trip to Marks and Spencer with lots of goodies that we don't normally buy. It is always very dangerous to let him go shopping by himself! He had seen this particular product and thought it sounded good so we had it for dinner that night. The product is a Gastropub Aberdeen Angus Steak, Ale and Portobello Mushroom Topcrust Pie. Which is quite a mouthful! In other words a steak and mushroom pie! The pie costs £6.99 which I thought was quite expensive as it only serves 2 people, however for a Marks and Spencers product its probably of average price. The product comes in a cardboard box, on the front is a picture of the delicious pie and also states that this a "Main for 2." The front of the box also tells you that it is made from British beef, has no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives and weighs 600g. Half of the pie (which is one serving) has 690 calories 4.5g sugar 38.4g fat (of which 18.3g is saturated fat) 1.95g salt The pack also tells you that the pie can be frozen on the day of purchase and then should be defrosted fully before cooking. The back of the pack gives you the cooking instructions and also the ingredients. The main ingredients are the British Aberdeen Angus Beef (39%), Ale (10%) and Roast Portobello Mushrooms (7%). There is also an allergy warning that this meal contains eggs, wheat, barley and gluten. The pie measures about 8 inches by 5.5 inches and serves 2 people as a main meal. It comes in a foil dish ready to cook. Cooking instructions are simply to heat the oven 200 degrees or 170 degrees for a fan oven or Gas Mark 6. Place the pie in the foil dish in the oven for 32 minutes. After the pie was cooked I removed it from the oven and it looked delicious. The pastry on top was a lovely golden colour. The best way to serve the pie is to lift off the pastry and cut this in half and put onto your plates. Then stir the meat to ensure that the meat is distributed evenly and that the pie is piping hot. The meat and gravy smells lovely and you just want to start eating it. The gravy is quite a thick brown gravy. So how does it taste? Simply delicious, the meat is very tender, the gravy is rich and tasty, really full of flavour, this is proper gravy not a bisto style gravy. The pastry is nice and crispy and not at all dry but tastes perfect. The mushrooms are quite large slices and taste flavoursome. All in all this was a really lovely pie. We served ours with some new potatoes and green beans and our plates were completely clean afterwards we really enjoyed it. The pie is an adequate size to serve 2 people exactly. At £6.99 this pie is quite expensive but it does taste much better than any other shop bought pie I have tried before. I think it's something I would buy again as a treat but not something I would buy every week as its hard to justify the expense. I shall just have to try to stop my husband shopping!