Saturday, 20 December 2014

What is it with this weird rectangular lid thing?!

ASDA Boozy Beef Pie Review

If you've been keeping a close eye on your ASDA frozen section, you'll probably have noticed some new enticing additions to the pie section. One of these new additions was this 'Pub Classics' Boozy Beef Pie. Let's see how it rates.

beef and ale pie

beef and ale pie

What is this?! Oh no! Another top-crust pie with a strange rectangular lid embedded with machined-like dimples? Argh! This reminds me of this "pie" from Kershaws. It's most bizarre. Now that ASDA are getting in on the act, it does make me wonder - am I missing something here? Is this actually some sort of traditional type of pie that I don't know about? One where you get a pool of slop and lay a weird pastry sheet on top of it? Please comment below and put me out of my misery.

Anyway, it's very clear that this is not a pie. There are no definable pastry base and sides - it doesn't even come in a pie dish. Bit of a shocker here from ASDA. But there was one saving grace: at least it was better than that Kershaws pie I had. I felt the lid was a bit thicker and crunchier than Kershaws, and was also a nicer golden brown colour. The pie filling actually tasted really quite nice - a good hint of ale, and also quite herby. The consistency was, as you can see in the photo, far too runny, with not nearly enough chunks of meat, but at least the meat was there didn't come in creepy meat cubes like in the Kershaws offering.

At £2, this is a reasonable price I suppose, considering you get the mash too. However, it barely meets the definition of a pie and so loses a tonne of points there, plus it also didn't do anything to fill me up. And finally, I am not a fan of this rectangle lid thing that ends up swimming on top a pool of fibrous gravy. It's not a good look and it doesn't make for a good meal.

ASDA 'Pub Classics' Boozy Beef Pie
Score: 2.6/7
TJP

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