If you ask me Ginsters do the best steak slices going. Best yet, the steak in them is from Britain, so nice and local! There are different varieties of slices that are available from Ginsters, though is about the peppered steak slice.
It comes in black packaging with the Ginsters logo on the front, both sides and back. I don't think they want you to forget who made it. It had a little about Ginsters on the back and some easy to read cooking instructions on the back. It tells you what flavour you have and has a picture of the slice of your choice on the front. If you haven't tried these before, the picture is enough to make you want to try it.
It's very simple to cook, only 20 minutes if you want to stick it in the oven. Or only a minute and a half in the microwave. Of course if done in the microwave though it can lose some of the crunchy-ness in the pastry. Though it still tastes amazing.
The steak is always tender and tastes amazing. It has some potatoes and onions in and is in a peppered sauce. So if you are not fond of spicy foods it may not be for you. However it is only slightly spicy. I love these slices. There great for a big snack and they are a very decent size too. You can pick them up from most super markets for around £1.50 which is absolutely worth it!
I love pepper so when i saw the Ginsters Peppered Steak Slice I had to try one!
They cost £1.69 so they are not cheap, however more reccently I have been buying them from the petrol station near me which does them 2 for £3.00.
I always do mine in the microwave, they take 120 seconds, you can also do them in the oven for 20 minutes. I have done mine in the oven once and the pastry was nice and flaky which was delicious, but actually I uch prefer the softness of the pastry from cooking in the microwave.
The slice is pastry with a creamy pepper sauce and potatoe and pieces of beef. The beef is nice and tender which is great, although sometimes I buy a slice and find it has quite a bit of fat in it, other times there is none at all so it is a bit hit and miss.
The taste is very very peppery which I love, but it may be a bit hot for some people, the sauce is nice and thick but not gloopy and the pastry is very soft if done in the microwave.
There are several flavours besides the peppered steak, including spicy chicken, cheese and onion and chicken and mushroom.
I like these as a snack, but it is a very unhealthy snack with almost 500 calories per slice. It is lovely with some chip and a fried egg, or just as a snack on its own.
I rate 4 stars because it is really yummy but is not cheap and has a high fat and calorie content.
British Beef (22%), Wheatflour, Vegetable Oil, Potato, Water, Onion, Cream (5%), Beef Stock, Cornflour, Egg, Salt, Black Pepper (0.22%), Dijon Mustard, White Pepper (0.14%), Garlic Purée.
Beef stock contains: Water, Yeast Extract, Beef Stock, Salt, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Beef Fat.
Nutritional Info (per 100g):
Energy - 1060kJ
Fat - 15g
of which saturates - 7.1g
Salt - 1.07g
A pastry slice filled with beef pieces, vegetables (mainly potato) and a pepper sauce (like gravy)
The statement "peppered" is not to be taken lightly as these are a bit on the spicy side. The beef is above average for this kind of prepackaged food and is not tough. There are the odd few fatty bits in occasionally, the last one I ate had two small bits but these are not a major issue. The sauce is very creamy and does not soak through the pastry making these ideal for a snack while out or emergency lunch.
Steak slices can be eaten cold, cooked in the microwave or the oven although the microwave tends to leave them a bit floppy but does not detract from the taste at all.
Around £1.60 each in supermarkets but are often on offer, widely available in petrol stations across the UK although you pay for the convenience.
I was in Tesco today when I spotted Ginsters Peppered Steak slices on special offer and at half price I just had to get a couple. Munching on my pie has brought back many happy memories as I used to enjoy feasting on these at Uni.
The delicious pasty contains British steak with vegetables in a creamy pepper sauce and wrapped in a light puff pastry. The product can be eaten hot or cold and is good for eating on the move. The ingredients include milk, wheat, gluten, egg and mustard so if you suffer from any corresponding food allergies, it would be best to avoid.
The pasty is suitable for freezing as long as it is consumed within one month, so when they are on offer it is best to buy in bulk and savour the deliciousness for a future date.
The best way to heat is in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes (or 30 minutes from frozen) which results in a golden crispy pastry. If you are in a hurry you can zap in the microwave for 1.20 minutes and then let stand for a minute so you don't take the roof of your mouth off.
Not the healthiest of foods, but very nice. Every 180g Peppered Slice contains the following:
Very good for an occasional treat and tastes even better with an ice cold pint!!
Although I don't eat that much red Meat, I would say that Steak is my favourite. These have been out a few years and make a quick and tasty snack. You can eat these cold - which i'm not that keen on, Blasted in the Microwave, which is nice but the Pastry ends up a bit soggy, or cooked in the oven which although this takes the longest, the Pastry ends up flakey and nicest.
These are a decent enough size, and can make a nice tea with some Chips and perhaps Spaghetti on the side.
This is a pastry rectangle which has quite a lot of Peppered Steak chunks in it, and a bit of Gravy. There isn't too much Gravy that the Meat is swimming in it, but a nice dampness to the dryness of the Pastry and Meat. Then again the Meat is quite moist and tender enough. I've had the odd tougher bit Meat, and the odd Fatty bit, but not that many bits.
I suppose there could be a few more Steak bits in this, but there is enough for the slice.
These are found in the chill section of shops and cost abour £1.50. Sometimes on buy one get one free, but not that often.
A nice tasty flavoursome snack
I am a big meat eater and really love steak, but I have never had peppered steak, so this Ginsters slice enticed me once upon a time, and I had to try it out. Ginsters are the best pastry makers on the market at the moment, and this slice helps maintain their robust reputation, even if it might not be for all tastes.
What I really like about this, as with all of their products, is how consistent, if flaky, the pastry portion is. It is just to my preferences, being soft and delicate to bite into, unlike some of the cheaper versions which are like biting into wood! The beef inside the slice really is delicious, and in fact my mouth waters just thinking about it. It is just soft enough, and is complemented well by the various pieces of potato and onion that are also in the slice. The pepper sauce in particular has quite a distinctive tang which I think is going to be the point of contention for some, yet for me it only accentuates the wonderful taste of the steak.
Everyone knows these things aren't healthy, but they are tasty. This version has almost 500 calories, a startling 27g of fat, and a depressing 12.7g of saturated fat (which is over half your daily recommended allowance!). I tend to feel a bit guilty after eating these as they're best used as a snack, yet they're so packed with fat and calories that it seems like a pitfall if you do. However, if treated as the occasional treat rather than a daily fixture - both through their fattening content and price - then they are delicious and worth picking up!
I just had one of these slices because I come over starving and only something hot and stodgy would do it.
I nuked mine because I couldn't be bothered to wait 20 mins for the oven, I knew I'd be sacrificing the crispy pastry but didn't care because I don't mind soggy microwaved pastry sometimes!
It's proper nice, the taste is very peppery so if you're not mad for spicy food then you might think it's a bit much but I love it! The steak is always tender in these and it suprises me every time I have one because in most of these cold slices the meat is usually a bit stringy.
There's loads of meat in the slice, there's a few vegetables but I can't remember what they are. Peas and potatoes I think but don't quote me on it! lol When it's been nuked the pastry goes soft and a bit soggy but it still tastes good and is perfect if you're in a hurry.
I've done them in the oven before and the pastry rises nice, it goes light and crispy and is loads better done that way than in the microwave! I always have a dollop of bbq sauce on the side of the plate to dip the pastry in because the ends are always boring where there's no filling.
It's the gravy that's peppery but because the meat's been soaking in it it's absorbed the pepper taste and it's leaves the slice with a hot flavour. I've had it cold and it's not as peppery then but the slice isn't as nice to eat so it's hot every time for me.
I have them with mash, vegetables and gravy sometimes because the pastry goes lovely and soft in the gravy and it's nice for a change instead of meat.
A peppered steak slice from Ginsters of Cornwall made with fresh steak and vegetables in a creamy pepper sauce wrapped in light puff pastry. Now with a new improved recipie!
British beef (22%), wheatflour, vegetable oil, potato, water, onion, cream (5%), beef stock, cornflour, egg, salt, black pepper (0.22%), Dijon mustard, white pepper (0.14%) garlic puree.
Warning it contains milk, wheat, gluten, egg and mustard.
Each slice provides
Energy 455kcal, Protein 15.1g, Carbohydrate 38.4g, Fat 27g, Fibre 2.9g, Sodium 0.75g.
I saw this in the fridge section of my local coop. I hadn't had any lunch and thought that it would make a great snack when I got home.
The packaging is simple but effective. The wrapper is black with the Ginsters of Cornwall logo in red and white. There is a picture of the slice and the contents oozing out. Inside the packaging the slice is in a little cardboard sleeve.
The instructions on the back of the packet say you can microwave it for 80 seconds or oven bake for 20 minutes. I went for the quicker microwave option and soon had a rather delicious slice in front of me.
I got stuck in and had a mouthful. The meat was lovely and tender and was coated in a very peppery creamy sauce. There were also cubes of potatoes in the slice. The pastry was lovely and soft (because of being microwaved) just as I like it. There is a good quantity of meat and lots of gravy in the slice.
I enjoyed it and will most likely buy again.
Comes in a 180g size
Costs around £1.69 (quite expensive) though I got it buy one get one free!
The exact amazing thing about this particular ginsters slice can never be realised until it is eaten. As many other people have said, and I always try to find (not too hard most of the time), you can pick one up at a reduced rate in corner shops or supermarkets. I, personally, love eating them cold - the filling is so fullfilling that it is perfect as a cool, refreshing munch on the move. If you prefer your slice hot and crispy then you can always chuck it in the oven for a bit. If you want to make a meal out of it, chuck it with some veg, gravy and spuds! If you want it hot but on the move - chuck it in the microwave for a bit. There are so many different ways you can eat this and its so great whichever way you choose! Made from the best ingredients and providing that fresh taste its a must-have!!
If I can manage to find the Ginsters deep filled peppered steak slice on offer or reduced in price then I will happily buy a couple but other than that at £1.59p a time they have to be considered a bit of a treat. I admit to being a fan of the Ginsters products, their steak slices make a decent snack and they certainly don't look out of place on a plate served with some creamed potato and vegetables, if you are going all out then you could even consider putting a few homemade chips on the plate with them.
Ginsters are based in Cornwall and produce good quality pastry products and sandwiches.
Pepper sauce always goes well with beef and Ginsters have capitalised on this and have come up with this tempting and well filled slice.
The steak slices can be heated using a microwave but I prefer to use the oven, if the slice goes into the microwave then bang goes that delicious puff pastry case.
If you pre-heat the oven and put the slice in to warm for about twenty minutes then not only do you get the privilege of eating the product but you are treated to the tempting aroma as it heats up.
Ginsters have gone the extra mile to make the steak slice appealing both inside and out, the puff pastry is plentiful and rich. There is layer upon layer of light flaky pastry which has been latticed on the top of the slice, so as the slice heats up the pasty has room to expand and the filling can sometimes make the odd bid for freedom through the top of the fluffy golden pastry.
Inside of the puff pastry there is 22% British beef and 14% potato, enough to make a satisfying filling. The beef is tender and seems to have been well cooked through and on the whole the pieces of beef are decent sized though some have fallen apart during the cooking process. I like the addition of the sliced potato, it adds substance to the filling and the starch in the potato helps to thicken the sharp pepper sauce.
The meat has been cooked in beef stock and a touch of cream has been added to the sauce which certainly helps towards making the sauce richer. Onion, salt, pepper and lemon zest have been added to the mixture to inject extra flavour.
Of course once the pasty has been heated the meat, potato and sauce all merge into one another. The sauce takes on that `meaty` appearance and the pepper flavour is there but not too pronounced.
The puff pastry stays crisp as you cut into the slice and retains its crispiness right until the end.
Ginsters make their pies and pasties without using any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, this goes some way to explain the fact that their goods hold a heftier price tag.
The Deep Filled Steak Slice contains wheat, milk, gluten and eggs.
Each 180g slice contains 455 calories, 15.1g protein, 38.4g carbohydrate of which2.8g is sugar.
27.0g of fat, of which 12.7g is saturated fat, 2.9g fibre and 0.75g sodium.
A brief look at the nutritional content explains in no uncertain terms that these slices are rich, both the fat and the calorie content are high.
We and millions of others enjoy Ginsters pies and pasties, they make a good meal, they are great to take on a picnic and if you regularly travel up and down the motorways I am sure that you will have noticed them on sale at the service stations.
A delicious snack come meal that has appeal which comes at a price. But all in all the price is reflected in the quality of the product.
Ginsters are keen supporters of local charities. They are one of the main sponsors of `Chicks`, this charity provides country holidays for inner city kids, I am sure we all agree, this is a very worthwhile charity.
When it comes to pastry products although I am fully aware that that they are not the most healthy of things to eat...I can't help loving them! Lol.
The other day in Sainsbury's when I saw this in a refrigerator priced at £1.59 I couldn't resist it purely because of the mouthwatering looking slice shown on the packaging!
The slice comes in a long oblong, black packet with a photograph of the slice on the front f it. In white and grey writing I'm told it is Ginsters Of Cornwall Peppered Steak Slice which is 'Fresh British steak with vegetables in a creamy pepper sauce, wrapped in light puff pastry', the best before date is clearly stamped on in black ink and the weight is also given (180g). On the back of the packet this time mainly in white writing I'm given cooking instructions (though this can be eaten hot or cold), I'm given freezing instructions and nutritional information, contact details for Ginsters are given, I'm told a bit about the product and the ingredients and allergy advice is given. Nice enough packaging and informative enough it is.
A Bit About The Product According To The Packaging:
Here at Ginsters we have fresh, wholesome and satisfying food. We source as locally as possible to keep a close eye on the quality so we know it's packed full of natural flavour. With no artificial ingredients. We wouldn't have it any other way.
Oven bake in a preheated oven on a baking tray for 20 minutes from chilled or 30 minutes from frozen 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 or microwave it for 1 minute and 20 seconds and leave to stand for one minute before eating it.
The Slice Itself:
Well when I first picked it up and placed it in my trolley my first thought was that it was a rather heavy thing and at the time I was starving so grateful for that I was!
Now I ate mine cold and on the way home from the shop cos I simply couldn't wait so I sat meself on a bench lol. I was impressed with the weight and size of it and the pastry looked reasonably light though not flaky to the touch and was a nice golden colour and not flat but slightly rippled to the top of it, giving off no real smell. The underside of the pastry however was flat and slightly greasy looking (and to the touch).
The pastry itself is nice enough though I wouldn't have thought it was puff pastry really as it was a bit on the stodgy side taste wise. It wasn't as flaky as I'm used to puff being but it tasted ok and was seasoned enough though there was nothing was special about it.
The slice was packed however. There is only 22% Beef (which is British), Potato (14%) and onion (5%). The meat was tender and in chunks, cooked well and I didn't find one bit of fat or grissel within it. I couldn't taste the potato though could detect it giving a slightly slimy feel to the proceeding's and as for the onion I couldn't see or taste any at all. What I felt was that the slice was too soggy and was made up with a lot of beef stock which made it feel packed out. Although it didn't drip any it all felt a little on the slimy side and too soggy for my liking and I got bored fast of eating it!
I was expecting to love it to be honest but to me this is just a fair priced slice to fill a gap in tour tummy. I wouldn't argue with the quality of it for a second and I do feel this would be much better heated up to dry it out slightly but unheated it's a bit bland and soggy for me and I wouldn't buy it again.
Nutritional Information Per 180 Slice:
Energy: 455 Kcal
Saturated Fat: 12.7g
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I have always maintained that Ginsters is a rather expensive way of eating. I don't doubt the quality of their food, and have pretty much enjoyed everything I have had from their range, and the same goes with their Peppered Steak Slice. The other day, we had a picnic, and our local Somerfield had them on a half price offer at 87p each.
Not one to turn down an obvious bargain, I nabbed a couple of these, a couple of other flavours as well. Ginsters pride themselves on sourcing as lcoally as possible with their food, and also on making frsh, wholesome and satisifying food. I can say that the Steak slice I had while we were out on our picnic was very nice indeed, but it just didn't taste quite right eating it cold.
Last night, I had the other Peppered Steak Slice, but this time I heated it up first. On the inside of the slice, there is a slightly creamy sauce with the steak pieces in it, and the difference between eating it hot and eating it cold lies with this. The heat makes it slightly runnier as opposed to being clumpy when cold, and it was fantastic. The pepper is not too strong, and the steak isn't chewy - quite tender in fact, to the point where you wouldn't actually realise it was steak.
There are small lumps of cubed potato mixed in with it, too, and these are a very nice contrast to the meatiness. The puff pastry is very soft and tasty, too, and it holds together very well, even after heating, whereas a lot of other slices from different ranges or companies do often end up falling apart the moment you try and do anything with them.
Nutritionally, it does provide a lot of your daily needs, but one thing to watch out for is that each 180g slice contains around 450 calories. It's quite easy to eat a couple of these a day, which would nearly take you up to 1000 calories, so just be careful and mindful that this is a bulk of your recommended calory intake, particularly if you're trying to control them.
The packaging is quite nice, too, with a small cardboard tray wrapped in what feels and looks like quality plastic wrapping, with the Ginsters logo and a predominantly black presentation serving to highlight the small picture of the intended finished product. And for once, I have to say that it does actually look like that when it comes out. None of the usual making it look bigger and better than it is.
Overall, I recommend getting this, as it is good value for money. However, the top quality product means you pay a fair whack for it, and it normally retails at about £1.70 or £1.80. I only bought these because they were at half the price, and made full advantage by buying a whole load of them. It's not the quality of them that's the issue, it's just justifying the price on my weekly budget!