Friday 14 March 2014

Steaking out on Tesco pies for Pi Day 2014

Well it would be rude not to eat a pie on Pi Day, wouldn’t it! The date is 3.14 after all!

So, with the Pierateers delighted to get the support of Tesco to rate some more pies, it was time to give them another rating! They supplied a £15 pie voucher to spend over the coming few weeks - with plenty of Tesco pies already reviewed - so the pie eaten today for Pi Day was the family sized Tesco Steak Pie.

The Tesco Steak Pie cost £3.00 for a family sized pie and are marketed as being shortcrust pastry filled with tender pieces of steak in a rich gravy, topped with a light puff pastry lid. This pie is cooked from frozen, so it does take almost an hour to cook, but was it worth the wait?

Tesco Steak Pie Review
Tesco Steak Pie
Well the lid of the pie was quite nice and crisp, with the puff pastry lid being very nice. The side and base pastry was a bit thicker and some parts were more crisp that others. The pie did unfortunately fall apart slightly as I lifted it out of the foil tray but this was primarily due to there being quite a lot of content in the pie. It may not have been quite filled to the rafters with meat as a lot of the handmade pies we’ve eaten lately are, but the meat was quite nice and tender. A few chewier pieces were there too, but this was one of the more impressive supermarket pies for meat quality (especially as it wasn’t a “finest” range pie).

At £3.00 for a family sized pie, this seemed quite good value. There was plenty of meat inside, although a fair bit of onion bulking out the gravy too. The gravy was nice, not too rich but flavoursome. All in all, a mass produced frozen pie is always going to struggle a bit against fresh, handmade pies, but this was a good pie to go for if looking for a nice, affordable frozen supermarket pie. It earns "Pierate Recommended" status.

Tesco Steak Pie
Score: 5.36/7
[Colour 5.5, Capacity 5, Consistency 5, Condition 5.25, Chewiness 5, Cheapness 6, Content 5.75, Total: 5.36/7]

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