Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Will I be hooked on this smoked salmon pie?

Nice Pie Smoked Salmon and Broccoli Pie Review
Often the most pleasurable thing one can do in an evening is to sit down and have a really nice pie.
And so this smoked salmon and broccoli pie from Nice Pie was perfect for my evening of gourmet relaxation. This is the first ‘non-exotic’ pie we’ve reviewed from Nice Pie (see squirrel pie and kangaroo pie) – but even then, this isn’t your average pie either. It is somewhat of a rarity, being a fully encased fish pie, with no dreaded mashed potato topping in sight! (Take that, Nigella Lawson).
But how does the pie rate on the Pierate scale of 0 to 7? Will I be hooked and finish it all, or will this pie walk the plankton?
Salmon pie
If the epic Cheapness of £3.00 isn’t enough to reel you in, then surely the appetizing golden Colour of the pastry – complete with the salmon cut-out – is. It’s gorgeous and glistening, and an attractive pie to admire.
Like its squirrel and and kangaroo counterparts, it’s also quite a sizeable pie. It would certainly be the main centrepiece of any meal. I slice the pie open to reveal the cross-section.
Salmon pie
Yes, look at that. This pie is filled almost to Capacity with what looks like mouth-watering Content. There is a slight air gap, but this is relatively minimal. I would certainly class this as a well filled pie.
It was certainly no upstream battle to eat this pie. It practically ate itself, being so tasty. The smoked salmon was soft and flavoursome, and was complemented well by the creaminess of the sauce and the tenderness of the broccoli. The pastry was near-enough perfect – crisp, but not dry or crumbly – and merged wonderfully with the creamy filling.
This pie makes it hard to believe that people think fish pie HAS to have potato topping. Here is living, steaming proof that a great fish pie can be totally and wholly encased in pastry.
The pie really has it all. It’s great value at £3.00 for a sizeable pie that seems packed quality, nutritious content. It also tasted delicious. It was slightly let down by the small air gap, and perhaps some could argue that there wasn’t enough of the creamy sauce in the pie. That said, however, if you forced me to make some sort of definitive comment, I’d probably say this could be one of the best, if not the best, fish pies I’ve tried so far.

Smoked Salmon and Broccoli Pie
Score: 6.07/7

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