Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken Pie Review

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken and Ham Puff Pastry Pie Review


Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken Pie Review
Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken Pie Review
For my birthday recently I was presented with a Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken and Ham Puff Pastry Pie (thanks Jonathan - you clearly know me too well!) - and couldn't resist giving it a pie review. Of course regardless of it being a gift, we always give a fair rating to all pies on the Pierate Ship, so how will the pie rate on the 7 Cs of pie rating?

Quite tall and golden upon removing the pie from the oven, I was looking forward to delving in and therefore left a bit disappointed to find that my attempt to cut open the pie left the sides collapsing and only a half filled capacity. The collapsed sides of this pie are particularly evident in the photos, much more so than in many pies I've eaten in recent memory. Sure, it was quite tall to begin with and therefore more at risk of collapse, however it mainly made me think why was the pie so tall in the first place if it was only going to be half filled?!

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken Pie Review
Collapse! The sides of this Sainsbury's Chicken Pie collapsed upon cutting
The pie was 25% chicken and 6% shredded ham hock, a far cry from the 70% meat content of some non-supermarket pies I've had recently. But it did still have a nice flavour to the content, with a flavoursome creamy sauce. The leek was quite prominent for reasonably small pie (at 250g). £3 for this pie seemed a bit on the expensive side considering it was quite small and hardly packed with meat.

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken Pie Review
I wasn't expecting gristle in my Taste the Difference pie!
The flaky all-butter puff-pastry lid was particularly enjoyable, and while the side pastry collapsed far too easily (see the photos) it did still taste good. However my main complaint with it was the piece of gristle I found in the pie, which I would be disappointed with in any chicken pie, but even more so in a luxury 'taste the difference' range pie. This combination of small flaws unfortunately meant it missed out on a Pierate Recommendation.

Sainsbury's Taste The Difference Chicken and Ham Puff Pastry Pie
Score: 4.82/7
[Colour 5.5, Capacity 4, Consistency 5.25, Condition 4, Chewiness 5.5, Cheapness 4, Content 5.5, Total: 4.82/7]
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