“ Manufacturer: Shire Famous Pies / Type: Pies „
A Football fanatic loves his pies and I'm no different. After trying numerous versions, i came across Shire's Famous Pies, a frozen pack of two Chicken Balti pies in my local Tesco store. A Vibrant Bright Blue box stamped 100% chicken breast and Indicating "No 1 half time Pie" marketed possibly for the sports fan. The front of the box had an image of a pie sliced in half, showing the creamy sauce escaping and heavy chicken filling. Inside the box, you have two individual pies in a foil casing. The size of the pies seemed generous enough! Packaging was limited enough making them also enviromentally friendly.
From Frozen place it in a pre heated oven at 200oC / Gas mark 6! For 35-40 minutes. However I found that this was maybe a bit to long, and it could start to burn on the edges, i actually cooked mine for around 30 minutes, and it was piping hot inside! As per most frozen foods once thawed it cannot re-frozen.
The aroma hits you as soon as it's removed from the oven, and it smells divine! The pastry has risen and is slightly puffed, but not too much so you cannot tear away slices and devour them instantly. The size is adequate enough and of traditional shape and appearance. Cutting the pie in half the thick juicy balti sauce flooded out onto the plate. The chicken was not too tough or dry, and more importantly there seemed to be plenty of it! The pie was nicely filled, the base nicely tainted by the curry sauce overall taste test passed with ease!!!
If your a lover of Pies, and indian cuisine, then try this it's worth a go! One of the best brought pies i've sampled!
Tesco Store Price = Chicken Balti Pies (390g) £1.79 although prices may vary depending on date and time, and local area.
After reading a review on this website I decided to give these pies a try as I was planning a shopping trip later that day and needed something quick for the evening meal, I like balti chicken and was keen to see how it faired in a pie.
The pack of two frozen pies was less that £2 and they seemed fairly standard size pies, made from 100% chicken breast, the picture on the box certainly looked very appertising and the smell while they cooked in the oven was very appealing indeed with the pastry smell and a hint of curry spice emanating from the oven. In all they took 35 minutes to cook and came out golden brown in colour and looked yummy.
The first thing I impressed with when eating these pies is that they have not scrimped on the ingredients, there are a few nice chunks of chicken all in a brown curry sause which has a bit of spice to it but is by no means hot. The chicken is nice and succulent and retains some juicy qualities that you get with good quality chicken breats.
The pastry was very firm and crunchy on the outside, because of the curry sauce it too had a curry flavour and combined with the chicken it had a very nice taste.
I found the pies to be quite filling and makes a lovely accompanment with a baked potato and green beans. There is a slight curry after taste to them which lingers biut nothing a quick brush and mouth wash will ot remove. Definately something I would buy again.
Who ate all the pies? Well, apparently thousands of football and rugby fans every match day. Shire Famous Pies, of Leamington Spa, are the market-leading supplier of half-time pies and pasties, and now you can buy their famous, and very tasty, "Chicken Balti Pies" from supermarkets, conveniently frozen and ready to cook and enjoy in your own home.
"Chicken Balti Pies", created in 1997, are the top selling snack at premiership stadiums. They are made with 100% chicken breast, a warming spicy balti sauce, and scrumptious pastry. The Shire Famous Pies brand states with pride "we only put real natural ingredients into our products" and promise "we don't add artificial chemicals to bulk food out or enhance flavour or colour or to save us money. That's why there are NO artificial colours, flavour and preservatives or hydrogenated fats in our food!"
~ Packaging ~
The pair of frozen pies are presented in a bright blue cardboard box, that has a tempting photographic image of a golden pie sliced in half to reveal the mouth-watering filling within. You open the box by lifting a flap on the side. The pies are sitting in individual foil trays ready for the oven. There is no unnecessary packaging.
The box front states "100% Chicken Breast", and a circular red emblem with a football declares "No.1 half-time pie". On the reverse are the baking instructions and the usual information on storage, ingredients, nutrition and allergy/dietary information.
The cardboard box and the foil trays can be recycled.
~ Storage and Preparation ~
As expected, this product should be kept frozen, but can be stored in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours. It cannot be re-frozen once thawed.
Baking is easy. From frozen you place in a pre-heated oven (200°C / gas mark 6) for 35-45 minutes. In my oven the crust tend to burn before the filling is piping hot, so now I cover the pie with foil at first, and then remove it for the final 15 minutes.
~ Look, Smell and Taste ~
On the plate the pie looks very appetizing - a rectangular-shaped traditional British meat pie. The crust is slightly puffed with a finger crimping decoration around the edge. The centre is nicely filled with succulent pieces of diced breast meat (about 1cm cube) golden brown and juicy with the deliciously dark and spicy balti sauce. The base is firm, and also extra tasty because it has absorbed quite a bit of the curry colour and flavouring. The aroma is lovely and the pie tastes delicious!
~ Availability and price guide ~
It was at the end of 2008 that Shire Famous Pies first appeared in supermarkets. They can now be found in the freezer cabinets of many Tesco outlets across the country. At my local store a box of two "Chicken Balti Pies" (390g) costs £1.69 - and well worth it too!
~ Additional notes ~
Shire Foods is a real success story. Started by small group of just eight people, making pies in their garage and using a single van for deliveries, they are now market leaders. Match day popularity started at Coventry City's ground, and quickly spread to other premiership stadiums. For more information visit their friendly and really well designed website at www.famouspies.com.
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