“ Manufacturer: Tesco / Type: Pie „
I like a bit of pork pie. I know it's not a healthy snack, but sometimes healthy just isn't what you're after now is it. My favourite pork pies are Pork Farms Pork pies - specially the little snack ones that come two in a pack. Somehow they're just the best with all the right amounts of everything packed in there. Today, they didn't have any in Tesco  So I had to go with the Tesco version instead. They are branded as Tesco Melton Mowbray pork pies, which is what pork farms pork pies are, so they should be very similar. The two pork pies together weigh in at 150g so they're pretty small as you can imagine, but that's ok as they are just a snack after all. They cost 98p which isn't a whole lot cheaper than my favourites Pork Farm which come in at about £1.19 normally, although the pork farm ones are slightly smaller coming in at 120g for a pack of two. The pastry on the outside looks nice, it's not got quite as thick and crumbly a look to it as the pork farm pies do, but it doesn't look bad. I cut mine in half (well biting into them can be a bit messy otherwise), and the meat inside has a similar colour and look to the pork farm ones again, so far so good. Doesn't look like there's much if any jelly round between the meat and the pastry though which is a shame as I do like that bit. Flavour as I bite into this is good. It's not great though. The meat is spicy, and tastes good, but it's a little too smooth as is the pastry, it doesn't crumble around the edges as I get a bit in my mouth the way it should, and there really is no rich jelly to soften the flavour and melt as you eat it. If I eat a bit of the pastry separately its actually quite a good flavour, not too rich, and nice and savoury. The meat when eaten alone however is a bit disappointing. There's a little bit too much fat in there I think, and it doesn't quite have enough meat flavour although the spiciness is about right still. Overall it's not a bad little pie, and I think if I'd never eaten a Pork Farms pork pie I'd be very satisfied with it. But somehow, when you've tasted the best, the rest just can't cut the mustard I guess. At least this one has proper brown coloured meat in it, not that pink stuff that's pretending to be pork, I do hate those ones although hubby who prefers his meat rare prefers them. The main bit that's really missing here is the jelly. There just is none in the pie at all, and it's a real shame because a lot of the flavour is held in that savoury meaty jelly that should be there.
I brought one of these Tesco Melton Mowbray pork pies last week when I was in a 'pork pie or die' mood, most of the pork pies had gone because of everyone buying them for Xmas but there were loads of these left. I should have realised it was because they were crap but that didn't occur to me until I got home and ate it. It's a horrible greasy pork pie, the filling is more gristly that meaty and I just hated everything about it. The pie even LOOKED greasy when I unwrapped it and the smell off it was also very greasy. I shouldn't have even bothered biting into it because I knew it wasn't going to be very nice..... and I was right! The meat is a horrible mixture of pink and grey, it smells fatty and looks rank. I had 3 small bites and every one had a large piece of gristle in it, the pork taste wasn't very strong and if it wasn't for the bits of meat gristle you could have thought these were vegetarian pork pies! lol Like I said, the pastry is proper greasy but inside the meat is too dry. It doesn't feel nice to eat and even when I dipped the meat into a bit of sauce I STILL think it tasted much too dry to enjoy. The combination of greasy pastry and boring dry pork pie meat was too horrible to put into words and there is no way I'm ever buying one of these again. There are 2 snack pork pies in this pack and the other one is going into the bin because I've slagged them off so much that no-one else in the house wants to eat it! They were 2 for 98p and it was a waste of nearly a quid, the pork pies were proper nasty and there are lots of pork pies available for about the same price that are loads nicer than these bad excuses! Not recommended, not even worth 1 star!!!
Being patriotic, I love the fact that things like Cheddar Cheese are being given EU status, where things like Cheddar can only be authenticated if created in that region, the same applies to Pork Pies from Melton Mowbray, which are now protected and rightly so as a decent authentic Pork Pie, is worth the problems with cholesterol and fat, its a wonderful pie filled with pork, egg and some lovely spicing. Well Tesco have their own version of the Melton Mowbray, its not really comparable to true versions of the pie and really lets down the Melton Mowbray name , this is a small almost plasticity version with bland pastry, meat which is not particularly recognisable as Pork and a taste similar to the one you have when you go to the dentist and have a filling. It is packaged in blue and white and looks similar to the normal pork pies, it is also packaged similarly to the scotch eggs and sausage rolls and just fits in, I wish i'd mistaken it for something else now and bought a proper pork pie or sausage roll rather than this fat filled monstrosity. Its only available in Tesco obviously and costs 74p for a 145g pie, one pie contains 535 calories, now i'm not somebody who watches their fat intake, but I would say be very cautious here, the pies has 35g of fat which is half your recommended daily intake, if it tasted amazing i'd advise you to risk one once in a while, but this is bland, tasteless and it actually makes me feel a bit ill so i'd advise not to eat one, especially as it contains only 26% pork, the rest is wheat flour, fat, gelatine, starch and pepper, its an abomination and embarrassment to the good name of Melton Mowbray and not recommended at all. Basically this will make you fat and ill, it is tiny and when you think about it your better off eating a couple of chocolate bars or some fried chicken or spare ribs as they are at least filling and tasty, this is bland, the pastry is wrong on every level, its greasy, tastes almost sour and the gelatine is horrible too, the pork is pork and other things, which I hate to imagine whilst the seasoning is overdone and definite to hide the lack of pork, flavour and quality. In case you hadn't guessed I don't think you should buy this product.
I have to admit that I am more of a savoury than a sweet person. I know that pastries are really bad for you but there are times when only a sausage roll or a pork pie will do. It was during one of these times that I picked up a small Melton Mowbray pork pie form Tescos. This pork pie is 145g in weight, so it is little more than a party sized one, and it cost £0.74. ****Packaging**** The pork pie is wrapped in dark blue shiny paper with "Melton Mowbray" written in italics all over it. The packaging is understated and boring. Most packaging is bright and bold in order to catch the public's attention, but this is not the case with this product. In fact, whilst looking in the refrigerated section it was quite difficult to tell what this product was. The summary of the nutritional information is clearly displayed on the front of the product and the rest of the information is on a sticker on the back of the product in a font so small that you virtually need a microscope to read it. ****Ingredients**** The primary ingredients of this pork pie are wheat flour, pork, pork fat, pork gelatine, vegetable oil, potato starch, egg, white pepper amongst others. I should note that the pork content is very low at 26%. ****Nutritional information**** Each 145g pork pie contains: 1) 535 calories 2) 4.2g of sugar 3) 35.1g of fat (50% of the total recommended daily intake) 4) 13.2g of saturates (66% of the total recommended daily intake) 5) 1.6g of salt (20% of the total daily intake). These pork pies are seriously unhealthy and bad for you, and let's face it a small pork pie is easily devoured by one person in one go. All aspects are so high that this should be a meal in itself but it merely makes up part of a meal. ****Allergy advice**** This product carries an allergy warning in that it contains wheat, gluten and eggs, so if you have any problems with these then this pie is unsuitable for you. This product does not contain nuts, however. ****My thoughts**** As far as pork pies go I was very disappointed and this was diabolical. The pastry crust was very thick and it was too moist, which I can only assume is die to the amount of fat and oil in the product. I could almost feel the grease drip down my lips as I took the first bite. It was awful. I could definitely feel the grease on my hand after I had eaten it. In between the filling and the pastry crust was a layer of pork gelatine. This is typical of all pork pies, however, I have never encountered so much of it in one pork pie before. There was far too much and it is not necessary. It got to the point where I had to pull the gelatine out of the pie and throw it away. Not good etiquette I know but it was necessary. The filling left a lot to be desired. It has got a low pork content but I wonder how they bulk it up and make the rest of the filling. There were some gristly bits in the filling, some of which were very chewy. The consistency of this was not good. ****Would I recommend this pork pie?**** I would definitely not recommend this pork pie. I thought that Melton Mowbray pork pies were meant to be the best, but if they all taste like this then they have a reputation that they clearly should not have. In my opinion this is a pork pie that is best left alone.