“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Chicken „
I'm not normally a ready made food kind of person, but I'm really rubbish at making pastry pies and had a bit of a craving for them whilst I was clicking through ocado. Who can resist "Roast British chicken in a rich gravy encrusted in shortcrust pastry"? Yum yummmm.
It's priced very well, and is only £2.89 for 2 pies... They're quite small though, 220g each, but my boyfriend and I were full with 1 each (with a few baby potatoes and steamed butternut squash as sides).
The packaging is no-nonsense and simple. The pies sit in a foil container, which you put into the oven, and the two pies are placed in the cardboard box, with no plastic bits. All recyclable, so you can pat yourself on the back (if you are that way inclined). My box was slightly squashed as our freezer is quite small, but it didn't damage the integrity of the pie in any way.
~Ease of cooking~
You are advised to cook from frozen, so it's really quite simple. Preheat the oven to 200c, brush some milk or beaten egg over the top of the pastry and place it in the centre of the oven. Leave for 40 minutes, then follow the aroma back to the oven and take it out.
The pastry was quite solid, but that's the way I like it. It didn't go all soggy from the gravy, and the top part was nice and crispy. My boyfriend prefers softer pastry that falls apart, so if you like that then this isn't for you. I think he's spoiled with home made pie though, and you don't really get pies from frozen like that (or do you..?)
You can really tell it's a Waitrose product when you look at the filling. The gravy is delicious (although there doesn't appear to be a lot of it) and a clearish light brown colour. The chicken chunks are clear chunks of meat and not some reconstructed rubbish, and the pie is packed very full with meat. I think this is why we were full even after a relatively small pie, as other larger pies can sometimes be filled with rubbish. It's also not overly salted like many other ready made products, and there is a clear chicken flavour (as one would expect from a chicken pie).
Each pie contains:
Gah, I hate looking through the dietary information!
Allergens: contains glutens
Shortcrust pastry (50%), chicken gravy (27%), chicken (23%)
I still think this is a very good pie (despite reading the dietary information and feeling a bit eurgh). It's a good "just in case" dinner to have in the freezer, although I think I'd stick with preparing my own food from scratch for now (I am very time rich at the moment) :)