“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Beef „
My workmates and I sometimes go to Morrisons to buy lunchtime food (like bakery products, stuff from the salad bar etc) and share it out back at work, buffet style.
Our most recent trips have included Morrisons 'in-store bakery' mince and onion pies.
PLEASE NOTE. Morrisons do a wide range of pastries with meat fillings. This review relates ONLY to the 'in-store bakery' mince and onion pies that are commonly found behind the service counter, and sometimes found as 'special deals' of a multi-buy pack, store-wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag.
EASY ON THE EYE
At first sight, these pies look fantastic. In my opinion, Morrisons do fine bread, pastries and confectionery, so the pastry did not disappoint. It is fine, golden short-crust pastry and tastes as good as it looks.
LOOKS CAN DECEIVE
Taking the pastry out of its tin foil shell, there is a decided slump of the base pastry. Aha! - the large pastry shell deceives the eye, for it is not as full of meat filling as it at first appears. The filling is minimal -either that, or the pies have a bad case of 'wind'.
Bite through the golden pastry -its all that it promises. No more, no less.
Taste the (meagre) filling. Sadly bland, but nothing offensive in the taste.
Chew a little more. Ouch, whats that walnut-sized hard thing? Rummage around in the mouth with finger and retrieve a lump of what seems to be bone. Give a second chew, and a third, and a fourth. What is that that resists the power of my mighty molars. Fingers in mouth for second time in 8 seconds and retrieve...what is this? Seems to be translucent bicycle innertube? I decide that its some kind of animal sinew and I start to feel a bit queasy. I look around the table and my work colleagues are starting to cough, bending forwards, probing their mouths with their fingers and starting to look green.
I take a second bite at my pie and discover another 'alien' item. I don't know what it is, but its not lean minced beef or onion. Could it be a lump of fat? Who knows?
We all decided to bin all of the remaining pies and pie remnants vowing never to purchase such pies again.
I do not deny that everything in the pie is 'beef' as defined, but exactly which part of the animal it comes from is open to wild guesses.
This is a bit irrelevant really, unless you can actually finish one - and I dare you)
Sinew, gristle, bone etc (strangely unspecified!)
Winning suggestion from my colleagues was for the pie to be re-branded as 'Morrisons prize (and customer loyalty) losing, Sinew and Gristle Pie'. We recommend that these could be marketed as an item to serve if you want to get rid of unwelcome guests at mealtimes. Alternatively, they could be marketed on the 'pet-food' shelves.
Its a shame really. Most Morrisons baked products are really good - but I have had such BAD experiences with their 'meat' filled bakery products.
Loving pasties and pies as I do when I spotted this at 59p or any 2 Morrisons pies on offer for 2 for £1.00 I was unable to resist buying a couple. Having chosen a different one already I was left pondering for my second choice and in the end opted for this!
Clear and red plastic oblong packet with white writing on it. On the front I am told it is Morrisons Minced Beef & Onion Pie 'A puff pastry pie filled with British minced beef and onion in gravy' and the British flag is shown along with a nutritional at a glance nutritional chart, I'm shown an oven symbol along with being told it is freezable, the size is stated which is 150g and the best before date is clearly displayed. On the back of the packet other information includes ingredients and allergy advice being given (Contains: Gluten & Milk and the pie is produced in a factory which uses nut ingredients), there is a full nutritional rundown chart shown, I'm told how to cook it (which is optional) and contact details for Morrisons are given. The pie comes in a foil container and all in all it looks ok packaging and it's informative enough too.
Well like I say whether it is served hot or cold is entirely up to you and me, I like my pies cold in the main. Had I of wanted to cook this I could have cooked it for 20-22 minutes from chilled or for about 50-50 minutes from frozen. No microwave instructions are given but course you could heat it through that way if preferred because of course the pie is pre-cooked.
The pie in it's appearance is oblongish, deep, with a smooth base and has a lined top that appears like puff pastry being a little risen and flaky looking. It's golden in colour and looks ok and certainly is a nice portion size.
However that's where the compliments end for this product sadly. The pastry is stodgy and has little taste to it. The base is rather soggy though to be fair it didn't fall apart but I'm surprised how little it had taste to it! The mince and onion filling inside was no better. dark brown sludge is what it looked like and not too much of it! The mince was not in big tasty chunks but like it was mashed up and I could taste a little onion and the gravy was salty rather than meaty.
What I ended up with was sludgy pastry being followed by a slushy filling and thankfully there wasn't too much filling!
This is a very cheap and nasty pie and I couldn't eat it. Maybe it would be better heated through but I doubt the quality would be any better.
Not for me this one! YUK!
Nutritional Information Per Pie:
Only available in Morrisons stores.