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      08.10.2012 20:27

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      A pie of great potential, but you will need to experiment with the cooking times.

      It's been a long, emotional journey. My kitchen has known my rage and my foul language, whilst my nights have been plagues by dark nightmares - all brought about by my one nemesis in life - the Linda McCartney Deep Country Pie...and it's soggy bottom...

      Finally, I have found salvation. I am saved! Behind me are the pastry failures, the scraped out foils and, well, the published cooking instructions.

      With a tear in my eye I have completed my quest and presented to my wife, a fully baked Linda McCartney Deep Country Pie with COMPLETE STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY!

      Here's how, for 2 pies.

      1. Brush with milk or beaten egg as desired (or suitable alternative if vegan).
      2. Ensure steam holes are clear - widen a little if necessary.
      3. Keep in foil and place them in centre of pre-heated oven. I use 200 degress fan-assisted.
      4. Wait AT LEAST 50 MINUTES! (For a single pie - I recommend at least 35 - 40 minutes.) Either way, take 'em out at 30 minutes and you'll go insane with rage.
      5. Extraction from foil - as you desire. Personally I turn them upside down and lift the foil off. This should be quite easy as it should be at least 95% non-stick by now, and if is stuck anywhere, separate carefully with a knife.
      6. Turn you fully baked pies back over and admire for a moment, take a photo if you wish.
      7. Serve as desired.

      Hope this works out for you. They are tasty pies, but adherence to the package instructions WILL result in disappointment.

      Bon appetit.

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      23.02.2012 23:11
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      nice tasty pies

      I really like these pies and they are suitable for vegans too.
      There are 4 pies each in a tinfoil dish, they are then in a cardboard box. This is good because all packaging can be recycled.

      You can buy them from the frozen section in most supermarkets for around the £2 mark.

      When you open the box and take the pies out they look like any normal pie with two tiny holes on top. I always make the holes bigger so the pie doesn't explode and the mince pour out when cooking.
      They need to be cooked on 200 or gas mark 6 which is what I cook everything on anyway and will take about 30 minutes to cook or slightly less if using a fan oven. I always leave them in the foil to cook.

      Once out of the oven the top of the pastry looks a nice cooked colour and inside the filling is a deep brown colour.
      When you cut these pies the fillings spreads out as it would with a pie filled with real mince and gravy. I can't say these taste like real meat as I haven't eaten it for years.
      The pastry tastes nice and light, as in it doesn't taste stodgy like some do; and the filling is nice and tasty, it contains lots of flavours to make it tasty like garlic puree, onion and pepper etc.

      In each pie there is about 412 calories which seems about normal for the pastry things I tend to eat. They have 0.5g of sodium which is at the top of what is ok with me.

      These pies go really well with gravy but are also ok on their own for me there is plenty of mince and gravy in them and the only bit of flaky pastry is on top. The mince is soya (with onion) and not quorn which is what makes them suitable for vegans.

      These pies are quite filling but we sometimes have them with veg and mash or roast potatoes.

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        05.01.2011 18:07

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        They seem good, but really, they're awful to cook.

        As an avid meat-eater who had a sudden change of heart, becoming vegan was quite a shock. It turns out that most things in the vegetarian freezer contains milk or egg. I was delighted when I flipped the box of these pies over to see 'Vegan friendly', in the trolley they went.

        I was pretty excited to try them, so scrapped what I already had planned for dinner. According to the instructions, 30 mins for one pie, a little longer for 2 or more and at 200c. Couldn't be easier, I couldn't be happier.

        30 minutes later, I open the oven and the pies are looking pretty good - golden flakey pastry and they smelled pretty good too. I pulled them out of the foil case and... oh! All of the pastry within the foil was still soggy and uncooked. I tried to turn it upside down and stick it back in for 10 minutes but the pastry just ripped and out came the filling. Not good.

        However, three years later, with the pies not putting me off veganism, I decided to give them another try. I thought i'd outsmart the pies this time. I'd take them out half way through cooking, flip them before the pastry on the inside got too soggy and carry on. While good in theory, at least I thought, the lids came away as i tried to pull them out.

        So I now have two lids sitting on the worktop while the rest of the pie continues to cook in the oven.

        It's a shame actually because the filling doesn't taste too bad - with chips and peas, and a bit of gravy. Granted, they're a little bland - but that's to be expected from most store bought vegetarian food I think. Next week I'll get some store bought pastry (normally vegan) and make my own filling and pies. Really can't turn out any worse, even with me being the worst baker in the world!

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        17.11.2010 19:44
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        The soggy pastry spoils what otherwise would be a good pie.

        Linda McCartney Deep Filled Country Pies can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets and retail at around £1.70 - £1.75 for a box of 4. The rolls are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The pies are meant to replicate the traditional mince and onion pie and are filled with soya mince and onions in gravy, they come uncooked ready to be baked at home.

        Packaging

        The pies come packaged in a cardboard box, the box is sourced and made from sustainable forests and is fully recyclable. The individual pies are in foil cases which are not currently recyclable.

        Nutritional Information
        (Per pie)

        Energy Kj - 1723kj
        Energy kcal - 412.8kcals
        Protein 8.7g
        Carbohydrate 41.4g of which sugars 6.0g
        Fat 23.6g of which saturates 9.7g
        Fibre - 4.4g
        Salt 0.5g of which sodium 1.8g


        Cooking Instructions

        The pie are to be cooked from frozen on a preheated baking tray at oven temperature 220C/400F/Gas 6 for 30 mins (standard oven), 25 mins (fan assisted). This time may need to be extended slightly if cooking two or more pies.

        My thoughts on the product

        I used to eat these pies on a regular basis about fifteen years ago but had not eaten them in recent years until a few weeks ago when I saw them sitting in the freezer at my local supermarket, remembering I used to quite like them I thought I would buy some for a change.
        The pies are quick and easy to prepare so no cooking skills are required, simply brush with milk and bung in the oven - it really couldn't get much easier. The pies smell quite nice when cooked, then again I'm a sucker for the smell of fresh cooked pastry so I would think that.
        The first thing I noticed when I opened the box is that they are much smaller than I remember, now whether they have actually shrunk over the years or my mind is playing tricks on me I am not too sure. Anyhow after noticing the size I opted to cook two as it didn't look like one would make a very filling meal.
        I cooked two as directed on the pack, when I removed them from the oven both pies had split and some of the filling had leaked out. The pastry on the top of the pie was nicely cooked but the pastry around the sides and base was a bit on the soggy side and I found that it stuck to the sides of the foil case and was a bit tricky to remove. I did toy with the idea of putting them back in the oven for a little longer to try and crisp the sides and base up a bit but decided against doing so as I figured that soggy pastry was better than burnt and that is what would have happened to the top had I cooked any longer.

        Taste wise the pies tasted quite nice, the soya in gravy filling is very tasty but with a slightly runny consistency, I would have preferred it a bit thicker but taste wise I have no complaints on the filling. The pastry on the top tastes very nice, nice and flaky on top with a moist underside where it has been in contact with the filling. The pastry on the sides and base I found to be very soggy and stodgy and not very nice at all.
        Overall these pies are nowhere near as nice as I remember them and I doubt I will ever purchase again. The filling and the pastry top were very tasty but the soggy sides and base definitely spoilt the pies for me.

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          07.05.2010 20:51
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          Not going to rush out and buy them again.

          I haven't had these in quite some time but I saw them today for £1.50 which for a box of 4 works out at 37.5p each which is quite good value. The box seems quite large but it does contain 4 pies which made me question how large the pies were. They aren't as deep as you would think but one filled me up nicely (with boiled potatoes and green beans).

          The pie takes about 30mins to cook which is about 10mins longer than most other ready meals take to cook. On tasting the product I noticed that there wasn't that much 'meat' chunks which was slightly disappointing but I wasn't expecting much. The gravy was also paler than I thought it would be and tasted quite salty. On checking there is 1.8g of salt in each pie which may explain this.

          Overall I didn't dislike the pie and it was quite filling. I will eat the rest of them but I won't rush out to buy anymore. They will serve me good when there is nothing else in the freezer I suppose. Cheap and somewhat cheerful. I wouldn't not recommend them but I would suggest finding something better. Pretty good for a limited budget though.

          They are also suitable for vegans. The soya pieces are made from genetically modified soya. The packaging is made from sustainable forests and can be recycled.

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          04.03.2010 12:33
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          good value pie, often on offer

          I am not a vegetarian but i do love vegetarian foods sometimes as they taste absolutely delicious and for the price they are very good value for money and are very well presented.

          These pies are from the Linda McCartney range of food products for £2.49 for 4 from Tesco, also they can be bought from more or less any supermarket. and they are very often on special offer.

          The filling is very generous and just the right amount for the size of the pie, the pastry is not too greasy, it is tender and melts in the mouth. The pastry is a short crust and a very good quality. The texture is very good and the meat is nice and tender and it is very easy to chew.

          They are best cooked from frozen as they cook much better but they can be cooked also if defrosted but i think from frozen is the best way.

          The ingredients are wheat flour, 9% onion, 14% rehydrated textured soya protein, vegetable oil, savoury stock, salt, tomato puree, garlic puree, malt extract, red wine, pepper, cornflour, baking powder, salt and flavouring.

          They are round and very are deep but they do not lack filling, some pies are deep but have no filling but these pies do have plenty of filling in them and when they are cut to eat the meat is revealed and the gravy just oozes out of the pie perfectly.

          Each pie is 412 calories
          8.7 protein
          24g fat
          9.7 saturated fat
          1.8 salt
          soya meat.

          These pies in my opinion taste the same as none vegetarian meat and I cannot even tell soya is used, and the onion is nice and soft and cut into small pieces and the inside once cut open looks very attractive and mouth watering. They are not dry as some pies can be, they are nice and moist and very filling.

          They come in a cardboard box and each pie has a piece of greaseproof paper covering each pie and they then do not stick together.

          When cooked they can be eaten hot or cold and are excellent with potatoes and vegetables or chips or just on their own.

          I recommend these pies for non vegetarians and also vegetarians to try and see if they suit you too, and I highly recommend them for anyone to try and look for the special offers that are often available as it can save you a lot of money.

          I rate these a 5 star rating.

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          20.01.2010 12:47
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          Good as an occasional treat

          I have stopped and looked at these pies in the supermarket for years, yet there was always something stopping me picking them up and putting them in my trolley. However, on a recent trip to tesco, I found them to be on half price special so decided to splash out and try them once and for all.

          THE PRODUCT:
          Each package contains 4 individual pies which are described as 'deep fill country' - they are essentially a vegetarian alternative to a minced beef and onion pie, using soya instead of beef.

          COOKING:
          This product can be cooked in the oven from frozen and takes 25-30 minutes depending on whether or not you have a fan assisted oven.

          THE TASTE:
          I was really impressed with the taste of these pies, the pastry which surrounds the filling is crisp and flakey on the top, and a little more traditional and soggy on the bottom (soggy not being a bad thing, more what we expect of an individual pie).

          The filling is a rich and oniony gravy mixed with a generous helping of soya mince. As I have not eaten meat in a number of years, they tasted pretty beefy to me, although a real meat eater might argue with me saying that they can taste the difference. In my opinion however, they taste great with a rich and almost creamy taste to the gravy, and the generous helping of mince means that you are not left hungry.

          THE PRICE:
          I bought these on special for £1.25 for 4 pies, but that was on special. Generally I think they are priced at £2.50 for four. Well worth the money in my opinion.

          THE BACK OF THE PACK:
          Per Pie - 412 calories, 8.7g of protein, 24g of fat, 9.7g sat fat, 1.8g salt.

          OVERALL:
          I would really recommend these as an occasional meal to keep in the freezer, I served them with mash and peas but they would also be an idea snack to have as a treat.

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            06.11.2009 10:51
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            Quick and easy vegan-friendly pies that meat eaters often eat as well.

            I first came across the Linda McCartney vegetarian food range about twelve years ago, when I was an impoverished student. Of course, in those days, ready meals were a bit out of my price range, which meant I usually got them when visiting the hotel of Mummy and Daddy. Now I'm a proper grown up, I still only have them occasionally, but that's more because prepackaged food is far too bad for your health to have every day.

            For those of you not familiar with the brand, the Linda McCartney range was set up in 1991 by Linda McCartney, the late wife of Paul McCartney. All the foods in the range are suitable for vegetarians and some, like this product, are also suitable for vegans. As well as being vegetarian, the products are also aiming at people who have other "alternative" lifestyles - with a big focus on the range being free from transfats and GM products and labels on the packaging on how to recycle it.

            The majority of the products I have tried are fake meat based around vegetable proteins such as soya. As such, the products are definitely not aimed at people who want to be vegetarian because they don't like meat! Indeed, with their support of the "Meat free Monday", they are aiming at the meat-eating market as well as the vegetarian market, and are actually fairly popular amongst my non-vegetarian friends.

            ===The pie taste===
            These country pies are a pastry pie filled with salty mince in a dark oniony gravy - I think it is supposed to be a bit like minced beef, but I wouldn't really know how similar they actually are! Regardless of whether or not they actually succeed in tasting like meat, they have the right sort of rich savoury umami flavour that makes them very good for directly swapping for the meat dish in a Sunday roast. Somehow when I manage to cook them, the pastry either goes soggy or dries out entirely, but that's probably because they get defrosted on the way home from the supermarket! The pies are not very filling on their own, but fine if you have them as part of a "meat, potatoes and two vegetables" type of dinner - easy and tasty, but how unimaginative compared with most vegetarian meals!

            ==Cooking===
            Each pie takes 30 minutes on gas mark 6. They have a big sign on the box saying not to microwave. This isn't because anything terrible will happen if you microwave them as long as you take them out of the foil trays - I often cook them this way when I'm in a rush - but the pastry goes very soggy.

            ===The packaging===
            These pies come from the frozen food section of the supermarket and take a pretty large amount of space in my fridge's ice box - the box of four pies is about 8 inches by five by three. In keeping with the company's green credentials, all the packaging (a cardboard box and four foil trays) is recyclable.

            ===The price===
            These pies usually cost around the £2-£2.50 price range for a pack of four. They seem to be on special offer rather less often than the (much cheaper) sausages.

            ===The nutrition===
            Each pie contains 412kcal (which is not diet-friendly, but pies aren't really supposed to be), 8.7g of protein, 24g of fat (9.7g saturated), 1.8g salt. So it's a shame in a way that they are aiming so much at the "alternative" market that they haven't actually gone all the way and tried to make them remotely healthy!

            The list of ingredients is similarly long and unhealthy-looking - wheat, soya, onion being the key ingredients, with a very long list of products (some of which are even recognisable as being food) making up the stock. They usefully give details of what the flavourings are rather than just leaving them as nameless unknowns.

            Allergy-wise, they contain wheat, gluten and soya. They are approved by the vegetarian society and are suitable for vegans.

            ===In conclusion===
            Definitely an occasional treat for me - they aren't really healthy enough for me to have every day. But they are tasty and filling and are good for when I can't be bothered with cooking.

            Review may be reposted elsewhere.

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              29.09.2009 18:25
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              A tssty veggie comfort food

              A few years ago, the Linda McCartney range, did really seem to be the leader in the vegetarian brands. It was certainly the first range that was readily available in the major supermarkets instead of having to visit specialist health shops. In more recent years however Quorn has stolen the crown and deifinately now has the lion's share of the freezer space in the vegetarian freezer section. Quorn offer a fantastic range of products and seem to be contstantly bringing new lines out and I think this market domination has meant that the Linda McCartney range has faded into the distance.

              One Linda McCartney product that has been around for years and continues to be popular are the Linda McCartney Deep Country Pies. I have bought these on and off for years, they have become my convenient backup food that I like to keep in the freezer on nights that I have run out of food or simply can not be bothered to cook something from scratch.

              These pies are a veggie take on the traditional mince and onion pie and I think they have done a great job with them. I'm sure there are are many vegetarians who can't understand why someone who chooses not to eat meat would want to eat something that it trying to look and taste like meat but I'm afraid every now and then, that is exactly what I want to do.

              These pies come in boxes of 4 and can be found in the frozen vegetarian section of the major supermarkets. The cost is around and about £1.88 for 4 pies and I think that it very reasonable as veggie food can sometimes be really quite expensive. Each individual pie comes in a little foil tray and you simply pop it in the oven for approx 35-40 mins. Now I would suggest just loosening the pie from the foil before it goes in the oven as they can stick otherwise.

              These pies do come out of the oven looking fab, although sometimes the filling does start to spill out which can slightly mar the appearance. The pastry is a golen colour and the filling as a thick rich brown appearance. I think that they taste fantastic, really well seasoned and the onion provides a lovely flavour. I love these pies with some mashed potato, veggies and gravy... yum yum.

              Ingredients
              Water, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Onion (10%), Rehydrated Textured Wheat and Pea Protein (7%) (Wheat Flour, Wheat Fibre, Roasted Barley Malt Extract, Emulsifier: Mono and Di-glycerides of Fatty Acids), Modified Maize Starch, Flavouring (Maltodextrin, Salt), Vegetable Oil, Salt, Roasted Barley Malt Extract, Raising Agent - Diphosphates and Sodium Carbonate, Pepper.

              Allergies Information
              Contains Barley, Barley Malt Extract, Gluten, Maltodextrin, Wheat, Wheat Fibre & Wheat Flour

              Nutrition
              nutrient per 100g per 177g (pie)
              Energy kCal 256 kCal 453 kCal
              Energy kJ 1,070 kJ 1,893 kJ
              Protein 5.9 g 10.4 g
              Carbohydrate 29.6 g 52.3 g
              of which sugars 3.3 g 5.8 g
              Fat 13.7 g 24.2 g
              of which saturates 5.7 g 10.0 g
              Fibre 2.6 g 4.6 g
              Sodium 0.4 g 0.7 g

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                27.05.2009 23:19
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                not happy with this product

                i have been a veggie for over 30 years I have always bought these pies as well as the mushroom ones, and in the last 3 months have bought these deep country pies,I do buy a very large amount of these products as well as other well knowned brands. No matter which super market I buy them from how I cook them the pie bottom sticks to the foil. I cooked one tonight following the guide lines as I have a fan assisted oven I do have to be careful, without sucess yet again.I have tried cooking as normal then for the last 10 minuites turning the pie upside down so the bottom gets cooked.Cooking with foil on top first then cooking a normal.Yet the pastry still sticks to the bottom and all I get is the top of the pie and the mince the rest sticks.I looked forward to your comments. Thanks you

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                  29.04.2009 14:55
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                  Don't bother

                  I acquired these the other day after my mum bought them for herself and my dad and neither of them were very keen on them! I haven't tried them before and 'waste not, want not' decided to give them a try.

                  There are 4 of these pies in a box (2 for me as my mum and dad had eaten 1 each)
                  A box costs around £1.99 at Sainsburys which isn't bad value as they're big pies and one with some mash and peas would make a filling meal.


                  "Country Pies...Soya mince in rich onion gravy within a light flaky pastry pie"

                  I have tried Linda McCartney Soya mince before and enjoy it so was hopeful these pies would be good.

                  The box is attractively designed, a cooked pie is shown cut open and it looks full of a lovely thick gravy. The serving suggestion is to serve a pie with steamed broccoli and homemade chips, I like my idea of mash and peas better!

                  "Linda McCartney. Good Food, good taste"

                  I hope so!


                  Cooking instructions - Brush the pie with milk or egg (a bit of hassle if you ask me, when I'm cooking frozen food I just want to shove it in the oven!)
                  Put the pie (complete with little foil tray) in a pre-heated oven at 200c for 30 minutes.

                  Each pie is in its own little foil tray to help it cook I guess. The pies look quite small on first impression, they're big enough in the diameter; about 3 and a half inches across but not very deep, maybe only an inch or so.

                  So I brushed my pie with milk, easier than cracking open an egg and wasting the majority. In the oven it went and I set the timer for 30 minutes.

                  I kept having a quick peek as it cooked and was glad to see the pastry rising, by the time it was cooked it was about twice as deep and a nice golden brown colour too.
                  So when the timer beeped I flipped my pie out of its foil onto my plate, this was when I noticed the underneath was still a creamy colour and the pastry was definitely raw.
                  I shoved it back in the oven (minus the foil and upside down) for anther 15 minutes and then it was cooked.
                  This was annoying and I didn't really understand it as the foil should surely help the bottom cook?

                  So I put it on my plate, now convinced it was cooked.
                  The taste test......
                  Well the pastry looked good and was really flaky and rich tasting but that's the only compliment I have.
                  There was a lot of flavourless gravy with not a lot of mince, shame as the mince actually tasted of something!

                  I have eaten most of the Linda McCartney range of vegetarian foods and this is the only one I've ever disliked.
                  It was just plain and boring, I've made my own pies with Soya mince and veg gravy and they've been a lot more tasty.

                  Despite the fact the gravy was tasteless this pie could have been improved with the addition of a few more interesting ingredients. Most meat equivalents of this pie include at least some onion and carrot to add a bit of interest!
                  This really was just mince in gravy so it was never going to be exactly exciting but the gravy could have at least had some flavour.

                  Each pie contains 412 calories and 23.6g of fat, both of which are high amounts.


                  One plus point- the box is recyclable :)

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                    26.03.2009 16:10
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                    Don't forget to shake!

                    I'm not generally a big fan of pies and pastry products in general. I'm vegetarian and I find that the filling in vegetarian pies can be a bit sparse and not very rich and saucy which leaves the pasty tasting too dry. I can remember having Linda McCartney pies many years ago and being pleasantly surprised by the filling so, when I saw them on offer in Tesco a few months ago, I stocked up on a couple of boxes. Even better, was the notice on the packet that the pies had a 'new improved recipe' so I was hoping they would taste even better than I remembered.

                    The pies come in packs of four, weighing in at 664g. They are frozen and available in the freezer section of most major supermarkets. I paid £1 for a pack of four when they were on promotion but the standard selling price is around £2.19 per pack. As you'd expect from a Linda McCartney product, the pies are endorsed by the Vegetarian Society.

                    My husband tends to be in charge of anything that needs to go in the oven for our tea, while I'm finishing settling the kids or reviewing on Dooyoo! He followed the instructions on the packet to the letter, even down to brushing the lids with some milk prior to putting them in the oven. The finished products looked very inviting. The pies had been cooked to perfection, were nicely browned with just a little bit of filling oozing out of a crack in the top to tempt us.

                    The all-important bit is the taste and the pies certainly didn't disappoint in that department either. The clue is probably in the name, as these 'Deep Country Pies' were definitely jam-packed with a lovely rich filling. They contained soya mince pieces in a thick, tasty gravy. It was quite salty, but not unpleasantly so and the soya mince melts in your mouth and doesn't have the chewy texture of genuine meat products. The pastry was crisp and flaky without being too dry and was just thick enough to match the amount of filling. My husband is not a vegetarian but he was more than happy to eat these with some mash and vegetables for an evening meal and was full up afterwards.

                    The next time we had these pies, I was the one who put them in the oven. (Jamie Oliver, eat your heart out!) I was a bit surprised when I took them out after the required thirty minutes' cooking time to discover that the pastry had totally stuck to the foil containers, in spite of following the cooking instructions on the packet. I managed to salvage most of the pastry around the sides but the bottoms were well and truly stuck and remained firmly welded to the bottom of the foil, so our pies were a bit worse for wear that evening! My husband had to fill me in on his little cooking secret - apparently, he always gives the pies a good shake in their foil cases before putting them in the oven. That seems to stop them sticking and avoids the disaster of a soggy, sticky bottom. Never a good look - not even for a pie!

                    All in all, these pies make for an enjoyable, tasty vegetarian meal - just remember to shake them before you put them in the oven!

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                      27.02.2009 13:01
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                      Bring back the original!

                      Years and years ago, back in the mists of time (also known as the 1980's) there were no vegetarian convenience foods. If you were a vegetarian, it was seen as some sort of weird, cultish fad, and you had to cook every single meal from scratch and people would say things like 'oooh I bet that takes hours'.

                      If you scoured the health food shops, you might find something like sawdust in a bag, from which you could make 'veggie burgers' by adding a beaten egg, but it just didn't seem worth your while.

                      So, when Linda McCartney decided to start her vegetarian food empire (because she needed the money?) it was a decision widely welcomed. I first had these Deep Country Pies in the early 1990's and they used to be my absolute favourite. I would have them for a Sunday dinner, with vegetables, mashed potato and gravy. Delicious!

                      This pie-habit continued for years and years unhindered. Even though, as a pie they are obviously encased in pastry, I justified this to myself by remembering that the filling was vegetarian and so couldn't contain saturated (animal) fat. Voila, a healthy pie!

                      The filling is some sort of soya mince, with onion in a meat-style vegetarian gravy, encased in puff pastry. Each pie comes in an individual foil pie tray so it can be cooked in the oven alongside other foods.

                      Then, a couple of years ago, something devastating happened to my beloved Deep Country Pies. Unless there is something amiss with my tastebuds, it would seem that the powers that be have changed the recipe. (Or has a certain Georgie lass been tampering.....)

                      I'm sad to say, that was the last packet of Deep Country Pies that I bought. I don't know what they have done, but since the change, I just find them totally vile.

                      I actually emailed the company that produces them last year, and asked if they had changed the recipe, and .....just, why? I told them how I have been buying this product all these years but am now going to have to stop.

                      They did get straight back to me, it must be said, and actually sent me some vouchers for the Linda McCartney food range as compensation, which I thought was a nice touch. (I spent them on the sausages, which are still totally tasty, by the way).

                      Overall: Can we have the old recipe back please?

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                        01.01.2009 20:32
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                        A good wholesome meal for anyone.

                        Some years ago I worked in the School Kitchens where soya mince was then an everyday part of cooking. It was used to bulk out the fresh mince to make it go further.
                        Linda McCartney products are appetising and I only recognised this myself when I bought them for one of my daughters.
                        My first ever venture into the vegetarian food world was a Linda McCartney sausage, we had hot dogs for tea and tasty was the operative word, it was hard to believe that you weren't eating an ordinary meaty sausage.



                        I knew that I had enjoyed soya mince so I was fairly sure that Linda McCartney Deep Country pie would go down well.
                        No good buying one for hubby he is adamant that he is not eating veggie food, he is totally convinced that it comes from another planet.
                        These Deep Country pies have recently been on offer in Sainsbury`s for the princely sum of 99p each.
                        The pie is cooked from frozen, so you have the benefit of freshly cooked pastry.
                        If the pie is brushed over with a little bit of beaten egg the crust browns well when it is cooked.



                        The pie comes in a cardboard box, inside the pie sits in a foil container and you cook the pie in the foil container in a hot oven (200C-Gas mark 6) for around 30 minutes.
                        The light flaky pastry is a winner, the top crust especially stays light and flaky, very enticing.
                        The Country Pie is very deep too, believe me it makes a good enough meal with vegetables alone, if you decide to have potatoes too it may well be too much.
                        Soya mince it may be but it is seasoned well, has a rich tang of tomato puree with a touch of garlic and there have been herbs added which all in all make it a very tasty proposition.
                        As you cut the deep pie the mince and gravy filling is really plentiful and the whole thing has a delicious home baked smell about it.


                        Each Deep Country pie has 412 calories, 8.7g protein, 41.4 carbohydrate, 23.6g fat, 4.4g fibre and 1.8g salt.
                        Seeing as the pie has a high calorific value you will more than likely choose to eat it served with just some vegetables.
                        It does contain gluten, wheat and soya. The pie is free from Genetically modified ingredients, artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives. The pie has to be oven cooked, it will also keep well in the freezer.
                        All of Linda McCartney's products are approved by the Vegetarian society.


                        Whether you're a vegetarian or not the pie is a tasty one, it makes a good wholesome meal and I could recommend it to anyone.

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                          18.11.2008 02:26
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                          Buy this pie says I.

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                          A vegetarian deep country pie from the Linda McCartney range.

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                          The ubiquitous Linda McCartney vegetarian range is not exactly a distinguished one. In fact I would say it is a range distinguishable by it uniformly and almost uniquely foul tasting products.
                          Linda McCartney sausages in particular are especially execrable and could be used as a form of torture. This would, no doubt be outlawed by the UN as too barbaric. They look and taste like floor sweepings coated in sick.
                          Vegetarians had to make do with this horrible stuff until Quorn rode to the rescue with veggie food that actually tastes good.
                          There is a peculiar notion that because food is vegetarian it must also taste like a dogs dinner. Thankfully Quorn, unlike Linda McCartney showed that this need not be the case.
                          I do feel slightly guilty saying this due to the obvious origin (Paul McCartneys deceased wife) of the range. Its not speaking ill of the dead, its speaking ill of rubbish food.
                          Happily though, this is a good pie. Against expectation I discoverd a fine tasting, appetising pie product.
                          The pastry is thick but with a pleasant crumbling texture. The filling is a gloriously gooey, oozing onion gravy with pieces of onion and some sort of soya protien.
                          They take half an hour to become golden brown but are scolding hot from the oven. Leave to cool for two, three minutes unless you want to burn your lips off.
                          I got mine in a pack of four which is a lot of pie I can tell you. These things are filling so you can't go wrong really.
                          But yeah, a hot, deliciously meaty pie thats both a tasty and satisfying eat. I would certainly recommend trying some.

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