Wednesday, 19 February 2014

That pie will do very nicely!

Nice Pie Steak and Chicken Pie Reviews


With all the exotic pies we’ve rated from Nice Pie recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they only do pies full of meat you’d never expect to be sold in a pie! But as delicious as the kangaroo, zebra and wild squirrel pies were, sometimes people may just want a “typical” British pie to eat! After all, not everyone wants to take a walk on the wild side – and for those people you are still in for a nice pie treat!

Nice Pie Reviews
The six pies supplied by Nice Pie

Fear not, for Nice Pie haven’t neglected their homely, British pie flavours for the sole purpose of exotic pie production! Included in the traditional range of pies are a Steak and Chicken pie, both of which went down very nicely indeed when eaten and rated recently!

One of the great things about these pies is that they are just three pounds each, so fifty pence cheaper than the exotic pies in the Nice Pie range. But would this mean a skimping on filling or quality?! Not a chance. Both pies were filled very well with strong marks for capacity and while the pastry was a bit dry and crumbly, it was another very good pie effort. The pie held together well – it’s always a good sign when you can pick a pie up in your hands and take a bite! – and the pastry was nice and golden in colour.

The Steak in a Rich Red Wine Gravy Pie was packed to capacity with lots of moist, tender pieces of steak. While there could certainly have been a bit more gravy in the pie, the meat itself was moist and it appeared the red wine gravy had mainly soaked into the meat. While a bit of additional gravy would have made the pie as a whole that little bit better (counter balancing the slightly crispier pastry), you could not fault the quality and taste of the steak. The red wine gravy wasn’t at all overpowering but complemented the steak nicely.

The Chicken, Smoked Bacon and Mushrooms in a Delightful Creamy Sauce Pie was again noted for its very good pastry:filling ratio. The content was some very large chunks of chicken, but these were lovely and tender, top quality pieces of meat. The creamy sauce was very nice indeed, not overpowering as some creamy sauces can be, and the bacon and mushrooms were noticeable and added flavour well. While there could have been a bit more bacon, it was nice to see it for once, as in some ‘chicken and bacon’ pies I’ve rated you can really struggle to notice any bacon at all! The creamy sauce also helped balance the slightly drier outer pastry, the sauce being a lot more abundant than the gravy in the steak pie.

Overall the scores of the two pies even out, as many of the factors were very similar between the two pies. The delightful creamy sauce and large chicken pieces verses the slightly lower meat content balanced out against the lovely tender steak slightly lacking in additional gravy.

Once again Nice Pie have done us proud, producing two more Pierate recommended pies – and while it’s hard to resist the amazing range of exotic pies Nice Pie do, you would certainly be missing out if you didn’t tuck into a more traditional steak or chicken pie from their range when given the chance!

Nice Pie Steak in a Rich Red Wine Gravy Pie
Score: 5.75/7
[Colour 5.75/7; Consistency 5.75/7; Cheapness 5.5/7; Chewiness 5/7; Condition 6/7; Content 6/7; Capacity 6.25/7; Total: 5.75/7]

Nice Pie Chicken, Smoked Bacon and Mushrooms in a Delightful Creamy Sauce Pie
Score: 5.75/7
[Colour 5.75/7; Consistency 5.75/7; Cheapness 5.5/7; Chewiness 5/7; Condition 6/7; Content 6/7; Capacity 6.25/7; Total: 5.75/7]

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