Friday, 8 November 2013

Simply a great Beef & Whisky Pie, Simon!

Beef with Pancetta and West Coast Single Malt Whisky Pie Review for Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies

Simple Simon's Beef Pie
Simple Simon's Beef Pie
Having been sent a treasure chest of pies from Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies Company, the Pierateers continued to make their way through the mountain of goodies. Having already eaten the Breakfast pie earlier in the morning, Pierateer RAS needed something to keep him going in the evening. Fortunately there was a Beef with Pancetta and West Coast Single Malt Whisky Pie just waiting for him to review, so having eaten it for tea this is what he thought:

The pie was absolutely packed to capacity and we aren’t talking padded out with lots of non-meat filling, although I was surprised to read that there was actually only 54% beef in the pie (plus 20% pancetta). It sure didn’t taste like that, as every mouthful had plenty of beef in it, with one piece of meat about the size of a golf ball! Sure, the meat could have been a bit better spread and the one major downside was a bit of gristle on one of the pieces of meat, which I wouldn’t expect in a “perfect” pie. For when you set your bar at pie-fection and ask the Pierateers to review, you live by the sword and die by the sword, so even these small pieces of gristle count against you when being graded on the Seven Cs! But the filling was very nice. The Pancetta was noticeable but not overpowering. The same can be said of the potato. The Single Malt Whisky did give the pie an interesting different flavour to the more traditional steak and ale pies we more normally see on pub menus, giving the pie a bit more of a lighter flavour and altering the flavour of the meat a bit more, which was a welcome change too. The content was split as follows: 54% Beef (felt like more though!), 20% Pancetta, Potato 24% and Single Malt Whisky 7%. I think they got it pretty much spot on.

Simple Simon's Beef Pie
Simple Simon's Beef Pie

The pastry was crisp and not too thick, but held the pie together well. The colour was spot on too and while at £4.05 this pie is on the higher end of the individual pie pricing scale, I’d say that was pretty accurate and worth it for the quantity and general quality of meat being provided. Let’s face it – I don’t normally liken my pieces of pie steak to golf balls every day!!!

Simon, to put it simply, you’ve made another top pie. Not quite pie-fection but a very high scoring pie! And I certainly can’t say I’ve got any beef with it... (if you see what I mean...)

Simple Simon’s Beef with Pancetta and West Coast Single Malt Whisky Pie
Score: 5.93/7
Colour 6/7; Consistency 5.75/7; Cheapness 5.5/7; Chewiness 6/7; Condition 6/7; Content 5.75/7; Capacity 6.5/7; Total: 5.93/7]

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