“ Brand: McDougalls / Type: Frozen Food „
I love a good pie and the ones I usually go for are ones with chicken in them more often than not. The other day I spotted a box of 4 pies costing £1.00 (on offer in my local Asda) and having recognised the name I knew I was geting a bit of a bargain as they usually cost more like £1.80 a box!
The box is mainly light brown in colour with two sides of the box appearing the same and on those sides we are shown a photograph of the pie and told that they are McDougalls Uppercrust '4' Chicken Pies 'Tender pieces of 100% chicken breast in a tasty gravy with shortcrust pastry', there is an at a glance nutriionall chart shown, we are told that they contain 'more chicken' and if they're not better in taste than Birds Eye you can request your money back and the weight of the 4 pies is stated (which is 620g). Other information listed on the box includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, a full nutritional chart is show, we are told how to cook them and contact details for Green Isle Foods Ltd are given (the manufacturer of the product). Inside the pies come in silver foil trays individually.
Best cooked from frozen, these are pre glazed and you simply pop them in an oven for about 25-30 minutes. They looked rather flat and small when they went in and I wasn't really loooking forward to one to be totally honest with you lol.
They come out brown and looking like they have been glazed to the top of them, are round in shape and don't really have an aroma to them at all. They cooked well in the time stated though they wernt huge but round in shape and fluted to the top edges so in appearance..... look like pies basically!
However the pastry was hard, stodgy and completely lacked flavour. Both me and my flatmate/bestmate felt the pastry was too hard and bitty really. The inside of the pie was filled with a generous amount of thick chicken flavoured gravy, was well seasoned, however the chicken breast really was tiny chunked and hard and to my surprise although on the box these are called chicken pies there was slithers of carrot and some green peas within it too and although the carrots didn't really taste the peas tasted really of strong peas though it was all well cooked through.
As good as Birds Eye? No not in my oppinion. Maybe I should let them know and get my cash back! I felt that all in all they looked and tasted like an economy pie with rubbish pastry and not enough chicken!
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
Available in all good supermarkets etc.