“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Pie „
Often on a Sunday me and my family fancy a change from the traditional roast dinner so when I go shopping I vary it and sometimes grab some sort of pie. This week I noticed Tesco's slow cooked steak and ale puff pastry pie and knowing that my family enjoy a good steak pie I thought I'd give it a try. It's not the same one as in the picture and description, however it is still a Tesco steak pie so I thought I would write a review for it here as there wasn't any other options.
~ Price & Availability ~
Tesco's slow cooked steak and ale puff pastry pie is only available in Tesco stores however other supermarkets do their own variation on the product. It's only available to buy in one size of 550g at £3.50, however there is currently an offer on at any two pies for £6.00. £3.50 is about average for a small family sized pie (3-4 people) so I don't mind paying it.
~ Packaging ~
Tesco's slow cooked steak and ale puff pastry pie comes in a beige cardboard box with orange sides. There is a cellophane window on the top of the box so you can see what you're buying. Down the side of the cellophane window is a red strip, resembling a ribbon with a label on it telling me what the product is and that it's a traditional great British pie. There is also an at a glance nutritional information table and the cooking time stated on the front. On the sides of the box there is an image of a golden looking pie cut into to reveal a succulent, juicy looking steak filling. I am also told that it's made with 20 % more steak, who doesn't love a good, deep meaty pie? The back of the box gives you a 'story' of Tesco's fresh pies and how they are made, cooking instructions, a full nutritional information table, an ingredients list, allergy advice, storage instructions and packaging disposal information.
~ Appearance, Taste & Texture ~
The pie itself comes in a foil tray, which you leave the pie in whilst it cooks so the pie retains its shape. During cooking I did place some foil around the crust of the pie because the crust was browning much quicker than the centre. Removing the pie from the oven, it looked nice and golden and the pastry looked flaky. I found it quite difficult to serve the pie as it just seemed to want to fall apart when I cut into it, but that did demonstrate that the innards of the pie were going to be very moist. Reaching in with a fork the pastry was nice and flaky and came apart nice and crisp. The pastry was extremely light and complimented the filling with its ratio perfectly. The steak was GORGEOUS! It just fell apart in my mouth, was so succulent and tender and was in nice chunky pieces instead of a pureed mush that you can get from a store-bought pie. The gravy in the pie was plentiful, meaty and just the right consistency- nice and thick and smooth. I could also actually taste the ale in the gravy, all be it quite mild - which was a pleasant surprise as you can never really tell that there's ale in a store bought steak and ale pie. There was also definitely enough filling to satisfy that British pie craving!
~ Other information ~
1/3rd of Tesco's slow cooked steak and ale puff pastry pie contains 451 calories, 3.1g of sugar, 24.9g of fat, 11.2g of saturates and 1.2g of salt. So it's clearly not good for you at all as it contains 36 % of an adults GDA in fat, 56 % saturates and 20 % salt!
It's suitable for home freezing on the day of purchase, if not frozen must be kept refrigerated.
Contains; milk, wheat, gluten and eggs. Cannot guarantee nut free.
It's made with only store cupboard ingredients and contains British beef.
~ Overall opinion ~
This was for sure one of the best store-bought pies I had ever tasted, everything was perfect in my opinion and it wasn't too heavy on the stomach but it did fill a hole paired with some veg and potatoes! I would certainly recommend this pie, but if you've got a large family you may want to buy a couple as it only just serves three really, however it's not ideal for everyday because of the high salt and fat content which is a shame because I would certainly buy it more often if it wasn't so bad for me.
Overall I give Tesco's slow cooked steak and ale puff pastry pie 5/5 stars. I can't knock one of for its nutritional content as the taste is just beautiful and deserves nothing less!
I was walking around my local Tesco yesterday having my usual dilema of what to prepare for tea. My husband can be fussy especially when we are shopping at the ridiculous hour at 7.30pm on a week night. As we turned into one of the refrigerated aisles I spied the pies. My husband is not keen on pies but as I haven't had one for months and they are quick and easy to do, I decided that was what I fancied for my tea and brought one in a single serving.
The pie box itself was bigger than its competitors which I assumed meant that it was a much bigger portion. I checked against the other pies which are approx 180g and was correct - this pie, as described, weighed in at 235g giving you more for your money. There is a very tantalising picture on the front giving you a serving suggestion for this pie. It shows big meaty chunks of steak in a glossy thick brown gravy ..........now I was really looking forward to it.
The pie was so easy to prepare as you just need remove it from its box, place on a baking tray and heat up in the oven on 180 degrees, gas mark 4 for 25 mins (chilled), or 40 mins from frozen. This pie is suitable for home-freezing if you want to save it for a later date however it's not suitable for the microwave. Once ready you just need to remove it from it's foil casing and eat .........
The pasrty was very golden brown and did look like the picture depicted on the box. I must say I was expecting it to be more 'puffy' being a puff pastry pie. I must admit once it was out of the oven I was no longer excited as it looked a bit limp - like when you heat up pastry in the microwave ............
This puff pastry pie as stated on the box 'should be' filled with 'tender British steak in a rich ale gravy in a shortcrust base'. In fact it was about a quarter full, which I suppose is filled of some sorts. The large chunks of steak were replaced with small, what I would call, scraps of meat. It was however soft and not chewy or full of gristle like some pies I've had. The gravy was thick but very thin on the ground. There was an ale like after-taste but it tasted quite artificial. The pastry was the biggest disappointment - I don't mind too much a lack of filling if the pastry is good. This was not good at all - it was limp as I had first thought and tasted slightly greasy but strangely dry. It didn't have much taste and there was too much in relation to the filling........
Briefly each pie contains the following:
Fat 32.4g (13.4g of which saturates)
This pie contains 30% of your daily salt intake and a whopping 67% of your saturated fat! For people with allergies it contains: wheat, gluten and egg and is not guaranteed to be free from nuts. It also claims to be free from no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat - however, the taste in my opinion would make you think different.
It was about £1.50 and is currently on a two for £2.50 offer.
It lacks filling which itself is not satisfying. The pastry is poor and not what you expect of a pie of this price. Taking into consideration the price, taste and calorific content I wouldn't bother - treat yourself to something else or what I normally do when I'm not being lazy - make one myself. They are so much nicer, you can choose an individual filling and they are quite easy to do.
We had one of these Steak Pies from Tesco the other night and it was proper nice. We got the family sized one and it cost £2.98 and was deffo worth the money.
It fed 4 of us with chips and peas and there was still a bit left over, the pie looked wicked when it was cooked and the pastry on top had gone a lovely golden brown. My mum had brushed an egg over the top so it had gone a shiney colour and looked proper nice.
There's loads of filling in the pie, it's all steak and that's a good thing because who wants kidney when you can have steak??? lol The meat is in a mega thick gravy that's got a proper nice meaty flavour, it's rich and soaks into the shortcrust pastry round the sides and on the bottom of the pie a bit. The puff pastry on the top is light and has gone nice and crispy, it would go nice with gravy if you was having it on a proper dinner because the pastry is all dead nice and doesn't fall apart.
The meat is proper tender, it kind of melts in your mouth like fresh meat and is in good sized chunks for you to chew on. It tastes good quality and has got a nice fresh flavour to it. I think the steak goes perfect with the gravy because there's a bit of an onion flavour to the gravy and that brings out the meaty tastes.
This pie is very filling, you don't need that many chips on a plate with a good size wedge of pie! lol I like the way the filling doesn't fall out all over the place like some of the thinner supermarket pies where you have to put the pastry on the plate then scoop up the meat and try to put it back inside! lol
Recommended... a delish pie for your dinner that goes with chips or mash and vegetables!!!
I like Steak Pie, but it's quite hard to find one that doesn't have loads of Fatty bits in it. There is nothing worse than looking at a bit Steak that looks juicy and tasty, but when you bite into it it is a fatty lump.
I normally stick to the brand names for Steak Pie, but don't mind tesco for Chicken Pies, as Chicken always seems to be the same in a way, but the wife picked this up one day while shopping and it was quite a nice Pie in the end.
This is in the chilled bit in Tesco and as far as I can remember this cost around the £1.70 mark. This would feed 4, but the slices wouldn't be that big, or we had half the Pie each with some Chips and the wife had Peas.
You cook this in the oven in the foil tray rovided and this takes about half an hour to cook. You are advised to brush the top of it with Milk or Beaten Egg to glaze it and/or give it a golden colour and a bit of a nice sheen.
Per Pie this has over 600 calories and 37g of fat.
This was a lot nicer than I expected. The Pastry was thick, but not too thick and the filling sat deep inside the casing. There was a good amount of Steak in this, and it was in decent sized chunks. Most of it was smaller bits, but there was the odd larger bit that I had to bite in 2. There was a covering of gravy, which just seemed enough as it didn't drown the Pie and make it mushy. It just seemed to enhance the Meat and make the Pastry not so boring and dry tasting.
I would buy this again as it was a good Pie, and it made a nice meal.
There isn't a more filling and comforting meal that a nice pie with mash and gravy (especially when the weather starts to get colder). I am a very fussy eater and tend to only buy steak pies and chicken pies (without mushrooms). A couple of weeks ago I saw some Tesco Steak & Ale pies on special and thought I would try them out. The verdict: They are delicious!
The Tesco Deep Fill Steak & Ale pies are made with tender British steak in rich ale gravy tucked away nicely in a puff pastry case. I am impressed with the quality and the quantity of the meat (no grisly bits). The pastry case browns nicely and has a delicious crispy top when it comes out of the oven.
* Remove outer packaging
* Leave in foil tray
* Bake in preheated oven at 200 C/ gas mark 6 for 25 - 30 minutes
The packaging of Tesco Steak & Ale pies are attractive as they have a lovely picture of a pie and vegetable on three of the sides of the box. The outer packaging is a standard cardboard box with a dark red/brown as the main colour. The packaging also informs you that there are no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat.
Nutritional information per pie:
606 calories (sigh of dismay!)
37.7g fat of which 17g are saturates
So not the best meal for a low fat diet, but oh-so-delicious!
I can't resist an offer so the other day whilst mooching in Tesco I saw these pies on offer 2 for a pound and I really wanted a chicken & mushroom one anyway so decided to make a saving and get two and try something I don't normally go for and it was this, steak pie! I was so looking forward to it because I love pastry (although I really do try and avoid it so to keep my size 8 figure lol) but sometimes even I fail and have to succumb lol.
Oblong brown and see through thin plastic wrapper. On the front I can see a section of the pie through it (as it has a see-through window) and then I'm told it is Tesco 'Puff Pastry' Steak Pie and that it contains no artificial preservatives, flavours, colours or hydrogenated fat, there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there, I'm told to keep it refrigerated, there is a best before date shown and finally a bar-code. On the back of the packet I'm told how to cook it (20-22 minutes in the oven from chilled or 50-55 minutes from frozen 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 or it can be microwaved for 3 1/2 - 4 minutes), ingredients and allergy advice is given as is a full nutritional breakdown and I'm told how to freeze it, size is stated (150g), the recycle symbol is displayed, contact details for Tesco are given and that is that really. The pie itself comes in a foil tray and overall the packaging is ok but nothing special type of thing though it's informative enough of course.
Well as I'm so lazy I took mine out of the tray and placed it in the microwave not really expecting much from this. When I put it in the microwave it was a pale cream colour and felt greasy and stodgy to the bottom of it. As it cooked I got a smell of beefy gravy and when I took it out of the microwave although it was cooked it still hadn't firmed up (which is usual with a microwave not to of course) and again it took on no golden colour so if you buy this I would say it's worth oven cooking I reckon.
Taste wise, well it was ok. The pastry wasn't as puff as I thought it would be and I'd describe it more as quite flavourless and stodgy. It didn't taste seasoned or buttery or anything but it was digestible. The inside of the pie did have a nice fragrant dark brown gravy to it which was quite thick (though not lumpy or too runny) and there were like fibres of meat in there rather than meaty chunks and I detected no chunks as such and although onion is listed on the ingredient list I couldn't find any appearance of it and my palette couldn't detect it at all.
The filling tasted ok, though there wasn't a vast amount of it and I wasn't impressed by the lack of steak and didn't really want a pastry pie with some gravy in it. I wasn't keen, felt it lacked flavour and only was worth the 50p I paid for it type of thing!
Contains: Milk, wheat, gluten.
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
Only available in Tesco stores and if interested do watch for them on offer.