I admit it. I’m in line with the British stereotype. I LOVE a good pie.
There’s just something about a warm, comforting pie, that buttery pastry and plenty of steaming hot filling, served with creamy mashed potato and seasonal vegetables. Especially when it’s chilly out.
Come on, surely you can’t say you’ve never felt like a pie when it’s a cold day?
I was lucky enough to receive some pies recently from Pukka Pies to try, and having not had a pie in all too long, I couldn’t wait to tuck in.
The Posher Pies
Pukka Pies has recently launched a “posher” pies range, featuring Chicken, Leek and Pancetta, and Steak and Porter Ale. I got to try the Chicken, Leek and Pancetta, and I can tell you, it sure is something special.
The Pukka Pies Posher Chicken, Leek and Pancetta Pie filling was creamy and flavoursome, and there was plenty. This was complimented extremely well by the herby, buttery shortcrust, which gave the whole pie a more premium taste, compared to the usual puff variety.
The herby shortcrust pastry was crumbly when cooked, with no soggy bottoms – and even re-heated better than the classics (I took some for lunch the next day).
It was delicious served with green beans and broccoli! I didn’t even miss the mash.
At £2.50, it’s a little more expensive for a single pie compared to the classics, but I’d definitely trade up for this more premium option – it’s totally worth it!
The Traditional Pies
I also tried the Pukka Pies Chicken and Mushroom Pie (golden puff pastry deep filled with chicken and sliced mushrooms in a creamy sauce) and the Pukka Pies Large All Steak Pie (golden puff with tender chunky pieces of steak and rich gravy).
Both the single pie and the family pie were reasonably well filled, although I think compared to the “posher” range, might have lacked slightly in filling.
The Steak Pie, was rich and meaty, delicious served with mash and root vegetables. We did add a little beef gravy for the mash, but overall a tasty, warming and comforting mid-week meal. Great re-heated in the oven the next day too – a large pie gave us four servings. This was my second favourite of the selection!
The Chicken and Mushroom pie, although not a favourite, was still an option I would probably pick again in the supermarket if the Steak wasn’t available. The pastry was golden, buttery and flaky, the filling creamy and tasty, and the chicken pieces tender.
At £1 for the single pies and £3.25 for the large All Steak Pie, it is a pretty cheap meal option for mid-week. What’s more, all of the above are ready in only about 35 minutes. Perfect for mid-week when time is lacking.
I know I’m not leaving it that long before having a pie again. Maybe I’ll have to go in search of that Steak and Porter Ale one!
Do you have a favourite pie? Or do you make yours at home?
*I was sent a selection of Pukka Pies to review. All views my own.