“ Pies „
Now Im not a vegetarian. Never have been and to be honest I doubt I ever will be but just lately Ive been trying out loads of these Quorn products because they have been on sale in one of the local supermarkets. I really fancied pie & chips from the chippy the other night but I didnt want to actually go to the chip shop to get it because the man who serves there freaks me out so I decided to try and make my meal at home using whatever the hell I could find. And these Quorn Mince & Onion Pies were what I found so I decided to cook one pie with some chips and hope these pies tasted as good as the proper meaty one I could have got from the chippy. Overall Ive been pretty impressed with every Quorn product Ive tried so I was really hoping this would taste just as good because I think this actually has less calories and fat than an ordinary meat pie and if it tasted nice I was going to use this as a subsitute when I start my diet again. Luckily I wasnt let down.
3 Per Packet
They Take Around 20-25 Minutes To Cook (Cant Remember What Heat Sorry)
Suitable For Vegetarians
Cost Around £3.50 When They Aren't On Sale
Anyway the important part is the taste right? And if these didnt taste like a proper meat pie then I would have been left feeling really disappointed and wishing Id gone up the chippy LOL. These actually surprised me because they actually taste like meat. I honestly cannot figure out how Quorn manage to make mushrooms taste like minced beef! The pasty is lovely and flaky like proper pies should be in my opinion and it has that really buttery taste which works really well with the filling.
Now shockingly there is actually a lot of filling in these pies and loads of gravy. As soon as you put your fork into the pie all the filling and gravy starts to ooze out and it just looks and smells really great. Best of all everything looks like a normal meaty pie at the moment. As I said this actually does taste like meat exactly like a pie you would get from the chippy. The only slight difference is that the "meat" in this pie is a bit chewier/gristlier but I doubt you would really notice that if you were just eating the whole pie and not picking at the seperate bits like I was. Now because of the gravy that can make the pastry at the bottom go a bit soggy but to be honest I would rather it had loads of filling rather than a really dry pie.
Overall this is a really great product in my opinion and even though Im not a vegetarian I will definately be eating these again. So these pies are great for both veggies & meat eaters alike because they do taste a lot like meat pies but I believe they have less calories and fat. So really I think these are a winner + they are yummy.
I highly recommend these to everyone as I think you will love them as much as I did. A yummy pie and I didnt even have to leave the house!
Thanks For Reading
x0 Salz 0x
I have been a vegetarian for over 15 years now and in that time have tried a lot of products from a very wide variety. I have sampled supermarket own brands (Tesco, Asda, Sainsburys etc) as well as Specific vegetarian brands like Linda McCartney and Quorn. I have got some favorite products, which I will always keep in my freezer, some which I will never buy again and those which I will buy occassionally. Quorn deep filled Mince and Onion pies are one of the ones I will still buy occassionally.
The pies come in a pack of four in a cardboard box, with no plastic packaging, which is great as it maximises what is recyclable and what isnt. The box has the Quorn logo on the front a description of the pie, and a picture of what it looks like with a meal. I must say it looks very appetising.
The pies are small individual sized pies in a foil dish. In my oven they take around 25 minutes to cook, but please check the instructions yourself as it varies from appliance to appliance. They smell delicious when they are cooking, a really wintery filling meal smell fills the kitchen.
The pies themselves are made of puff pastry, so it really rises, looks full of layers and is quite crumbly. The insides are dark, with quorn mince and onion in a rice gravy filling. The filling is quite moist and compliments the pastry well, otherwise it could get quite dry. The taste of the pie is very rich and deep, I think this is due to the gravy, so it is more of a wintery meal than a hot summers day one.
The pie is tasty and I think it goes well with a wide variety of potatoes, including roast potatoes, chips, roast new potatoes etc. It also goes well with winter vegetables including peas, carrots parsnips and suede.
Although, due to the pastry it is higher in calories than some vegetarian food, but it is lower than other pies due to the fact the filling is very low in fat.
My boyfriend picked these up when he was doing the weekly food shop last month. I'm vegetarian (he is not!) and although I do like Quorn products, this is not something I would have chosen myself, simply because I don't like the idea of a product that looks like meat!
However I thought I would give them a try seeing as they appeared in the freezer! You get 4 pies in the box, each in a little foil container. The cooking instructions state they take 30 minutes at 200 oC, until the pastry is well risen.
Each pie contains 361 calories and 19.9g of fat, which makes them a treat for me rather than an every day dinner.
The pastry was crisp and flaky, and a lovely shade of light brown which made it look delicious. As i cut into it, the filling oozed out, and the smell was very appetising indeed. There was plenty of filling- and very yummy it was too- with lots of gravy which stopped it from tasting dry. The oastry at the bottom of the pie was a tad soggy, but I guess this is because they are so generous with the filling and the gravy.
Having never eaten meat, I couldn't tell you if this tastes realistic, or in any way resembles a beef mince and onion pie. However I throughly enjoyed this and was very surpsied! Despite it looking so meaty, the taste was really good and I shall definitely be putting these on the shopping list in future.
If you like other Quorn products, such as the cottage pie then these pies, which come in a pack of 4 are frozen, and take about 40-45 minutes to cook from frozen to get the puff pastry top golden brown. Make sure you do wait until the top is fully browned as the bottom is otherwise rather soggy.
The majority of the taste is in the onion gravy which doesn't overpower the rest of the food on your plate, merely complementing it and there is enough filling in the pies to spill out nicely when you cut into the pastry.
I did have a problem with one box in that two of the pies had no filling, however when I contacted the manufacters they immediately refunded more than the cost of the product without asking for receipts so the customer service made up for the mistake in the product - this is the only time I had a problem with the pies and have brought many packs in the past
Flakey pastry filled with Quorn mince in a mouth watering onion gravy topped with a golden puff pastry.