Product Type: Fray Bentos Meat / Fish
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I slept with a pie...
Fray Bentos Just Steak Pie
Member Name: iamasadlittleboy
Fray Bentos Just Steak Pie
Advantages: Pastry, Steak, Gravy, Pastry and erm did I say pastry
Disadvantages: Too small lol, not enough steak really
Having been a big fan of Frey Bentos pies since I was little (meaning slimmer than I am now), originally it was the Steak and Kidney pies I loved, infact I was drunkenly slept with one*. Then my mum started to get the Steak and 3 Veg versions when she realised my brother wasn't eating the kidney in the pies. And now she's started buying Just Steak pies. The pies them selves have all kept the same sort of ideas behind them and have themselves all been pretty much identical to look at and delicious to eat, but what exactly are they?
Well coming in a fully concealed tin they stand out at the supermarket as they don't really look like they belong in the pies or tinned food category, as most store bought pies are frozen these aren't. In fact to cook them you removed the lid (tin openers are handy here) and oven cook it for 25 minutes, at the end of this the pastry blossoms up into a wonderful golden colour of puff pastry that has become a symbol of the Frey Bentos name. Beneath the pastry is the filling, in this case little chunk of wonderfully cut steak, that's chewy but yet not fatty, soft and tender but yet solid and not crumbling on the fork. Succulent.
When cooked through the pie can either be served as part of a meal and portioned off (for example with chips, or potatoes) of eaten by it's self (like, lets be honest most pies are). Today I had mine straight from the tin (less messy) and by it's self. Cutting into releases the heat kept with in a thick and yet smooth gravy under the pastry, then the steak, of which perhaps their wasn't a great deal of got eaten, keeping the ¼ cuts of pasty until last, as they are by far the most enjoyable part of the pie. A thick, crispy and fresh tasting pastry that covers the whole pie, separating it from every other pie out there which seem to use a much thinner and rather plain and boring looking pastry, this however is puff pastry at it's best.
Overall a delightful pie that is easy to make, brilliant to taste at can regularly be found in decent offers, thought £1.50 for a single one can seem costly £2.50 for 3 is excellent value for money. They are perhaps a little shy on the steak, but it seems to me that the pastry is the key to Frey Bentos and not the filling, if you can accept that, then you will love these. Though perhaps not the best of the range (the 3 veg one is of course giving you a source of vegetables) the fact is steak pie is a steak pie (even if this is more a pie and some steak) and vegetables can be served with it if your doing it with something like new potatoes. Whilst perhaps not the steakiest of steak pies, it's the most complete with high quality steak, brilliant pastry and a lovely gravy.
*I fell to sleep whilst drunk with one on these in my arms, apparently I went to get one for a late meal but passed out on the way back to the oven. My then flat mate woke me up about 3 hours later realising she'd not had a drink poured for a while...
Summary: Lovely if a wee bit lacking in the steak department