“ Manufacturer: Pukka Pies / Type: Pie „
The filling is far from exceptional. A severe lack of identifiable meat, but excess of a sludge filled matter. The pastry looks and tastes like soggy cardboard. I have no positive comments regarding this specimen.
During the winter months there is nothing better than a bit of comfort food and one of them is a good savoury pie served with buttery mash and lashings of gravy. As much as I would love to always make my own pies I don't always have the time, one brand of pies that I have been purchasing for years is Pukka Pies. These pies have been made famous over the years from being sold in chip shops all over the UK and it was from a chip shop that I ate my first one when I was a child and have loved the taste ever since especially the all steak pie which is described as 'chunks of steak in a rich gravy in a light puff pastry case'.
Pukka Pies are made by a family run company based in Leicester which was founded in 1963. This knowledge certainly makes purchasing these pies even better as I like to purchase from British companies when I can.
My last purchase of the individual 233g Pukka all steak pies was from Tesco where I paid just £1.00 each. I thought this was excellent value as I have seen these pies retail for nearly double this when not on special offer.
The pies come packaged in a cardboard box with the pie enclosed inside sat in a foil tray. The foil tray is coloured on the side to distinguish the flavour with the all steak flavour having a Black tray. You can find all the detailed product information about the pie on the box including ingredients listings, nutritional information, allergy advice, storage and heating instructions. It also states that both the box and foil tray is recyclable.
These pies contain no artificial flavouring, preservatives or hydrogenated fat. They are also made with beef from EU approved suppliers. But like all pies they are not the healthiest of foods and these all steak Pukka Pies are no exception. Each 233g pie contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 534
Protein - 20.5g
Carbohydrate - 42.3g
Fat - 29.7g
Fibre - 7.3g
Salt - 2.33g
To cook these pies you need to place them on a baking tray in the oven at 190C or gas mark 5 for 25-30 minutes or 180C or gas mark 4 for 50 minutes if heating from frozen. It states on the box to never heat the pies in the microwave which I personally have never done anyway as I love the crisp pastry which would most certainly end up going soggy in the microwave.
I found the heating instructions to be just right and after 25 minutes my steak pie was piping hot throughout with the pastry looking golden and crisp. The pie was easy to tip out from the foil tray with it remaining completely in tact making it quick and easy to serve.
As far as the taste goes I am a huge fan of these pies and think they are delicious. The pastry is light, crispy and melts in your mouth with it not being at all stodgy. The steak filling actually does fill the pie which is lovely to see when you cut through the pastry as in my opinion there is nothing worse than a pie with hardly any filling as it is the filing which makes the pie so great. There are a good amount of chunky steak pieces in these pies which are so tender and the gravy surrounding them is rich and perfectly seasoned. Although I always serve these pies as part of a meal with gravy I think the pies have enough filling and gravy inside them to eat on there own without any accompaniments and would not be in anyway dry.
Overall I am a huge fan of these all steak Pukka Pies they are great quality and taste delicious. The balance of crisp pastry and rich steak filling is just perfect. They are high in fat and calories but if enjoyed as part of a balanced diet I think they can be justified as an occasional treat. These are certainly pies that I will continue to purchase and would highly recommend for anyone that like me loves pie.
My son likes Pies; well, he says he likes them and he used to eat most of the meat in the pies I would get him; I was basically buying him reasonably priced Pies from Asda, then I noticed he was leaving a lot of the meat; I also noticed that sometimes the meat as a bit chewy and fatty; these were steak Pies .I started to think that I was wasting my money, and yet he still asks me for Pies!! I spotted these Pukka Pies in Sainsburys a couple of weeks ago and I had never bought them before. At the time, they ere on a special offer. I cannot remember the price, but it must have been good, otherwise I might not have got them. I like the name....Pukka.... It makes me think that these must be good! They come as single Pies and this one is called an 'All Steak Pie' It also says on the box; .....'don't compromise', making me think that these must be nice. These pies are described as 'chunks of steak in a rich gravy in a light puff pastry case'. I have sometimes found with some pies that you get hardly any meat and mostly just gravy; but these were not like that at all.
The Pie is quite big; and it is full of meat!! I hadn't tasted it, but gave it to my son for his dinner; When he opened the pie up, I noticed there as loads of nice chunks of Beef and enough gravy too. I thought he would be pleased with this. He ate a bit and then started complaining!! I couldn't believe it; for some reason, he did not like the taste of the meat. He ended up leaving around half the pie and I thought to myself that I must try this Pie; it seemed like such a waste of food. I tried it and it was Pukka!! In my view, it tasted good; the gravy was quite thick and beefy in flavour; the meat as tender and plentiful and I could not understand why my son didn't really like it. The puff pastry was also great! My son said that he prefers the other pies I get!! I have tried various pies with him and I am no not sure whether to continue getting pies, considering the waste. He seems to prefer them with less meat or something!
Anyway, I was very pleased with this pie ; it was also very filling; I ate about a third of the pie; had I eaten the whole Pie, I would have been very full up I think .
Beef (30%), Wheatfour, Water, Margarine (contains vegetable fat, Fats & oils. Vegetable emulsifiers; Mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, Natural Vegetable colours; Annatto, Curcumin, Onion, Modified maize starch, Salt, flavour enhancer; Monosodium glutomate, Pepper, Colour; Ammonia caramel;
Beef come from EU approved suppliers (UK & Abroad)
Leave Pie in foil container and cook in the oven for around 30 minutes if cooking from chilled.
If cooking from frozen, bake for around 50 minutes.
Each pie contains 534 Kcals
Contains Gluten, Wheat. May contain traces of Barley, Celery, Milk & Soya
This really is a 'Pukka' Pie. Worthy of 4 Dooyoo stars in my view.
Sometimes when I go to the chip shop I diverge from the usual cod and chips and get a pie and chips. My local chip shop sells the gorgeous Pukka-pies and I absolutely love them and so when I saw then for sale in Sainsburys as a cook at home pie I was really excited.
According to their packaging Pukka-Pies is an "independent company with a passion for pies. They are made with the finest ingredients in stringently hygienic conditions by dedicated and caring people. They are full filled in a light puff pastry; they TASTE great and have true flavours. The proof is in the eating. Try One, Don't Compromise."
I definitely agree that the pies and wonderfully full and filled. There is lots of steak in these pies and they really are filled to the brim. You don't often get this with other store bought pies so this is a good pint of me. There is also a lot of gravy/sauce in these pies so they are wonderfully juicy and moist. Again, I find you don't always get this with other store bought pies so a lovely mouthful every time.
The pastry on these pies is lovely and light and puffy. When you cook these pies it does not dry out, it stays wonderfully light and of course I think all the gravy inside the pies helps with this too. The top of the pie has quite a thick layer of puff pastry and that is my favourite part of the pie, it's golden and well cooked and comes out of the oven lovely. I would have to say that I really have found no difference between the chip shop bought pies and the home baked pies, they really taste just the same which is nice to know that you can still have that take away meal without going to the take away. The pies are suitable for freezing so they are great to pop a few in the freezer for a rainy day.
These are extremely easy to cook as you just put them in the oven for 25-30 minutes in the foil tray that they come in. The pies contain no hydrogenated fat, no artificial flavourings, colourings or preservatives. Per pie there are 538 calories which /i don't think is too bad as they are really quite big (233g) and filling and definitely enough for a big evening meal with some potatoes and veg. At £1.45 they are priced really affordable as well.
If I could get away with writing a review which just said 'These pies are fabulous... you just have to buy them'... I would... but that doesn't really tell you much!
I'm not a huge meat eater, but there are occasions when its always handy to have a pie in the freezer on standby... The pies are usually around £1.50 each in Sainsburys so I tend to buy them when they are on special offer... as I type they are on offer at 2 for £2.50... this is the second week too so needless to say I have acquired a few of the different flavours...
Pukka do several flavours including steak and kidney, beef and onion and chicken and mushroom. I do like the all steak but my preference is the beef and onion if I'm honest...
You can freeze these pies and thats what I tend to do. You can also cook them from frozen which takes about 50 minutes but I must admit that I always tend to defrost them and cook them in the oven for around 25 minutes... They come in foil containers which you just place on a baking tray and pop in the oven...
When they are done, you just take them out of their foil container et voila! The pies have puff pastry lids which even after freezing still come out very well... They are quite deep pies at around 2 inches deep and if you buy them from your local chippie, they do taste exactly the same...!
The filling can be varied I've found...most of the time you get a fairly good quantity of meat but I have had a couple where you end up fishing around...these may have just been rogue ones... I find the sauce the steak in very thick and flavoursome and end up using as a gravy on my potatoes (or chips) when I cut the pie open...
The base of the pie can be a bit stodgy though in comparison to the puff pastry but it does keep the contents in... I must admit that with some other brands you find that the lids lift off when you cook them in the oven but this doesn't happen with these...
I'm not sure I would ever pay full price for these, but definitely a good staple food item to keep on standby....
I bought one of these pies today and have just had it for my lunch , It was on offer at Tesco for £1.00 , this included the steak and kidney version also
The packaging states 'our best baked all steak pie' the back of the box advises that the pie contains gluten , soya and wheat along with traces of egg , celery and milk so should be avoided by those allergic to these
The rear also contains all the nutritional information and ingredients along with storage instructions , where it states the pie can be frozen or kept in the fridge ,. the front of the box has a best before date , the cardboard packaging is recyclable
The pie is cooked in its metal dish , the meat is fully enclosed by a light puff pastry , which came as a surprise as some pre made pies can have a very stodgy pastry , the puka pastry was very nice and did not over whelm the meat filling
When you take the pie out the box because it is an individual serving you may think that you need some thing to go with the pie , however I found it quite filling on its own
The meat filling was very well cooked and very tender , the gravy was full of flavor and complemented the meat well , the gravy was thick but not too thick nor was it too thin where it could have run off the plate
The pie is deep filled and contains a sufficient amount of meat to make this a very filling lunch time snack the pastry has a butter like taste and both go well , to use these for an evening meal would also be very filling but this time I would add some potatoes to make it a more substantial evening meal
I quite liked this pie but prefer to make my own and only really bought it today for speed and because they were on offer but would recommend them to others who may not have time to cook
Pukka Pies is a family company which was began by Trevor Storer in 1963. They make pies & pastries from their factory in Syston, Leicestershire. According to wikipedia they produce 180,000 items per day!
Their pies are sold at a variety of different locations in different ways. My local Tesco sell them in the box to be re-cooked at home for around £1.00 per pie. They are popular in fish & chip shops & tend to be the pie of choice for most Chippies in the North East selling for around £1.60 per pie (although they aren't as popular in Lancashire & Wales where you tend to find Holland's Pies). They are also sold at football grounds after being first sold to the fans of Rotherham United at Millmoor.
The pastry of a Pukka Pie tends to be very softer than a lot of pies, which I prefer. The pastry of the base is thin, soft & tasty. The lid is a little thicker & a little harder but still tastes good. The filling has meaty gravy that has a nice consistency which is neither too thick or too thin. The gravy both adds to & compliments the flavour of the thick & juicy chunks of Steak that are in the pie. The Steak has been cooked very well & is tender with a good meaty flavour.
I have no problem recommending this pie. Whether you buy it from a Chippy, a Supermarket or a Football Ground, I doubt that you will be dissapointed. I find the pies tasty, good quality & good value for money.
I had an All Steak Pukka Pie today outside Villa Park after watching them whip the arses of Burnley 5 - 2, I'd wanted a hot dog before the game but left it a bit late so had to sit starving until the end because I HATE Villa Park chips!
There was a choice of this one or Steak And Kidney, I went for this because I'm not mad keen on kidney even though I will have it in a pie. It was piping hot and had obviously been cooked recent because it tasted dead fresh.
There's quite a bit of steak in the pie and it's cooked lovely, the meat is proper tender and tastes lovely and beefy. The pie is filled up to the top crust with a mega thick and rich gravy, the gravy tastes meaty and is so thick that it makes the pie feel like there's even MORE steak in it than there is! I love the gravy in this pie, I've never had a pie that tastes as big time meaty as this one and having it on it's own was enough for me and it's soooo filling that I know I deffo would never be able to manage it with chips from the chippy!
The pastry is delish too, the top part is flakey and crusty but without tasting or feeling like it's been cooked to death or kept warm for ages. It's got a sort of butter taste and I deffo had to shake myself down after eating it because I got bits of pastry all over my top, in my hair and probably stuck to my lip gloss by the time I'd finished! lol
The pastry on the bottom and sides of the pie has gone lovely and soft but it must be proper good quality because none of the gravy has soaked through. There's so much gravy that it's a bit hard to eat without spilling it all down myself..... and even harder because of having to eat it outside walking back to the car from the footie ground! Lucky the woman serving had give it me in a chip tray and I had a good sized fork off her too! lol
I paid £3.00 for it but that's well over the odds because of where I brought it, Pukka Pies in the supermarket are about £1.75 but are quite often on special offer for £1.00.
I bought 1 of these Pies from Tesco when they were on offer last month. I chucked it in the freezer, as the use by date was fast approaching, and I knew I wouldn't be able to eat it by then. I like a good offer though, so that's why I bought it.
I had never seen these Pies before, and it was only when I spotted them on the end part of the Chiller section. Weather they were only brought in as part of the promotion i'm not sure.
The box is alright looking. It just looks like what Dooyoo have it as. I think it looks a bit cheap looking, and since this individual costs around £1.60 then it isn't exactly cheap. The pie sits on a little tray within the box. The Pie weighs 238g.
You cook this in the oven for approx 30 minutes from chilled and 50 minutes from frozen.
Once cooked this Pie looked lovely and tasty. The Pie has a nice thick crust of Pastry on the top which had deep ridges on it. The pastry was flaky and quite dry, which meant it wasn't greasy or oily. As the title suggests this was all about the Steak. There was a good amount of Steak chunks in here, and a good savoury gravy as well. The meat tasted good quality and there didn't seem to be any stringy, or fatty bits. It was thick, tender and juicy. The pastry under the Pie was a bit soggier, but it tasted nice as well when eaten with the Meat. The only thing was that the Pie didnt taste that well seasoned. The Meat tasted slightly Peppery, but a splash of Salt would have made this a bit better.
Per Pie this has 538 calories and 32.9g of fat.
Would I buy this again? Yes. I am on the lookout for the other products in the Pukka range, as they taste good quality and are full of flavour. I just wish they were a smidge cheaper.
Pukka pies are what my local fish and chip shop offers. I absolutely adore these. The inside is all meaty and running with gravy, with a lovely pastry crust. I have never seen these in the shops. Until recently that is. Yes, you can get these in most supermarkets these days.
Now it would be easy to say, if you love these so much why bother getting them from the shops? Why not just pop down to the chippy? Well there are those cold, blustery evenings when you just can't be bothered going out, right? Of course you have to balance this up with those nights when you can't be bothered cooking something.
Well these kind of address both problems. The secret with these is to buy them in frozen. That way when you get one of those nights when you are starving, fancy a pie, can't be bothered going to the chippy and can't be bothered to 'cook', you just grab one of these out of the freezer.
Come on guys, sticking a frozen pie in the oven to cook is hardly cooking is it? It takes about 45 - 55 minutes for these to cook. The packet recommends 50, but as always you need to check it, to make sure it is either cooked, or not burnt. If you have a fan assisted oven, you will know by now not to follow the cooking times on the box.
So what is it like? Well it is different from that which you would get in the chip shop, in that is comes out of the oven a bit drier than it would from the chippy. The inside though is till meaty and thick with gravy. There is a lovely peppery taste to it, though like most manufacturers, I reckon they must be cutting back on the amount of salt they are putting in, as they are not as salty as they used to be.
You really aren't going to go wrong here, except that I usually like chips with this. Oven chips just don't cut it for me, although I will eat them, when pushed. You really need good homemade chips with these, which takes me a while because I really do go over the top getting home made chips to perfection (soft fluffy inside and golden, crisp, crunch surface), which defeats the whole won't cook/won't go to the chippy dichotomy.
This pie will stand up on its own, but if you really do need an accompaniment, a tin of beans does the trick.
These pies cost anywhere between £1.00 to £1.50. My local chippy charges £1.90 for one.
Get a load of frozen ones in.
I do love a good pie and usually I stick to Chicken & Mushroom pie from this brand but when my local Tesco store had ran out of those my Mum bought me one of these instead. I have to admit I didn't much fancy it but at least Mum got me something for my tea so I decided to in and give it a whirl!
The Box is square and black and on the front it's white with a photograph of the pie on it. On the front of it I'm told it is 'Pukka-Pies Our Best baked All Steak Pie...don't compromise', there is a best before date clearly stamped on there and I'm told it contains no hydrogenated fat. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product, how to store them (they are freezable), how to cook them (in the oven for 50 minutes from frozen or 20-30 minutes from chilled), a full nutritional chart is given, ingredients and allergy advice is listed (Contains: Gluten, soya, wheat and may contain traces of celery, egg and milk) and contact details for Pukka-Pies are given. Nice enough informative packaging this is.
The Pie Itself:
Well of course this really does need to be cooked which is simple enough. Bang it in the oven from chilled or frozen and for the time stated on the box. I cooked mine as purchased and from chilled and found it cooked in about 25 minutes.
The pie is deep, with thick pastry on it and a rippled textured lid. Cooked it takes on a nice golden colour and it has a nice meaty aroma to it.
Taste wise well I like the pastry which is puff and and has a nice flakiness to it and tastes pleasant enough. The top is crusty and very flaky and then the sides are slightly more moist and it does have a slightly soggy bottom but holds the filling very well indeed.
The filling of course is steak and that's it and it's in a rich gravy. Now the meat in this is chunky and tastes great and isn't one bit chewy or fatty but there really isn't much in there at all. The gravy is thick, meaty and very tasty and well seasoned but again, of late I have noticed that Pukka-Pies are being a little tight with the fillings!
All in all the pie looks great, I like the pastry and the filling is rather nice really but to say there isn't much of it is a slight understatement and what you end up with is more pastry than anything else.
To me however the quaility of the pie is great but as I have just said I do feel that Pukka-Pies are tightening up on the fillings given and these are in danger of becoming like shops own offerings! That would be so sad!
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
Energy: 538 Kcal
of which sugars: 1.2g
of which saturates: 16.3g
It's not very often I treat myself to a chip shop meal, but when I do, I usually opt for a Pukka Pie . Until a few years ago, Steak and Kidney was my favourite - although I didn't actually like the texture of the kidney much, the succulent steak and the rich meaty sauce made up for it! Then they bought out the all steak pie, eliminating the offal element completely, and I was hooked.
But, the chip shop still remains some distance from my house, and not somewhere I would happily walk to alone at night - so when I saw my local supermarket selling these pies, I decided to pick one up and see if I could recreate the chippy experience at home .
This was from the Chiller cabinet in my supermarket, and the box has the recognisable Pukka Pies logo written in black on an orange oval. The pack contains full cooking instructions, as well as nutritional and ingredient information. It cost me £1 for a pie weighing 233g .
The cooking instructions are simple, pretty much just whacking this into a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes . As it cooks, a rich smell starts to fill the kitchen, a meaty smell combined with a slight pastry smell . Taking this out of the oven, it is attractively golden coloured on the top , with a waved pattern on the lid of the pie .
Cutting into it, a thick brown gravy full of meaty chunks oozes out onto the plate. Taking a mouthful, the pastry is crisp, and the meat is tender and moist . The gravy is thick and really coats my mouth, and has a slightly peppery taste to it .
All in all , a very delicious pie . Now, we all know that pastry coated foods are not particularly healthy - and this is no exception, with 530 calories and a whopping 32.9g of fat per pie . The pie certainly isn't big enough to share, so that is a huge amount of fat to eat . It probably won't reassure you all that much, but at least this pie is free from artificial flavours and preservatives .
I'm starting to understand the football chants of 'Who ate all the pies' havng glanced at the nutritional info for this . My only answer is it certainly won't be me anymore - when I purchased these from the chippy, I was woefully ignorant of just how bad these pies are nutritionally, but now that I do know, these will only be a VERY occasional treat .
These pies are amazingly delicious and generously meaty - but I can;t get past that fat content . In fact, I find it so alarming that I'm deducting two stars!