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I saw a top 10 list recently about food that should never be tinned. Stuff like hot dog sausages. And Fray Bentos pies, and how, apparently, the idea of a pie in a tin is just plain wrong.
Who cares what the food snobs say???? Anyone who has actually eaten a Fray Bentos pie will know that it is one of the most comforting, yummy savoury delicacies ever to grace the plate.
It is the kind of thing that is perfect for those days, when you can't agree what to have for dinner, or simply can't be bothered. Simply remove the tin lid, cook on gas 8/230c for 25-30 minutes, and there you have it. A delicacy.
A Fray Bentos pie is quite unlike a normal pie. The pastry on the top is wonderfully crumbly and flaky, the pastry beneath, rather soggy and slimy, but still, an absolute essential part of the whole experience. The meat is lovely and tender, and the gravy in the middle is wonderfully rich, but always leaves you wanting more.
One problem I always have with these pies is getting them out of the tin and on the plate. I invariably end up with loads of meat on one plate, and a virtually empty pastry shell, on the other plate. My husband always seems to get the best portion, and I spend the whole of dinner time moaning at him and getting him to scrape some of his pie filling onto my plate.
The nutritionalvalues per half a pie are:
A guily pleasure to be sure, and I suppose, like marmite, you are either going to love it or hate it, but for me, there is nothing better to warm the soul on a cold winter evening than a Fray Bentos pie with chips and veg.
Fray Bentos Steak & Mushroom Pie
Description: Meat - Ready Meals / Steak strips and sliced mushrooms in a gravy sauce topped with a puff pastry.
There is something comforting about Fray Bentos pies. To begin with, they are a pie, in a tin which is great - it means that it last for ages in the cupboard and is there as a quick stand by when you are in a hurry. Each pie is 475g which is just right for 2 people. I paid £1.30 for this pie but they are often to be found on offer too.
All you have to do is to take the lid off with a tin opener then put the pie into a pre heated oven. 20 to 25 minutes later, the pastry has risen and the pie is ready to eat!
The filling is tasty but could do with a few more mushrooms. The gravy is rich and the steak is tender. The pastry is great, it is soft underneath and then crispy on top and there is loads of it, I think it is my favourite pastry as it tastes fab.
Nutritional Info (Per Serving):
I definitely recommend this pie, unfortunately it does have quite a high calorie and fat content which is a shame, but it tastes so good that it makes up for it - just make sure that you don't eat it too often!
This was news to me..Fray Bentos is the name of a small town in Uraguay !
I have only ever thought of Fray Bentos in terms of convenient and satisfying pies and suet puddings.
Sales of these delicious yet humble pies and puddings soared during the 70`s and 80`s due to fierce television advertising.Last year Fray Bentos sales topped £30 million pounds.
The Fray Bentos pie tin is surely among one of the most difficult tins to open,im amazed that it doesnt contravene any Health and Safety regulation !
But once you have weilded the can opener and successfully lifted the lid off,from then on its all plain sailing.
The pie needs to go into a very hot oven to produce that mouthwateringly crisp,flaky pastry..after around 30 minutes of cooking time the pie needs to be carefully lifted out of the oven..Carefully ,being the operative word here,the tin will be boiling hot ! so make sure to use your oven gloves.
I have to admit to gluttony at this point,I cut the feather- light golden pastry into two and place each half on a pre-warmed plate. (Yes..you could make it serve more,but it would spoil the overall effect !)
I have no idea why..but the pastry has a unique flavour.
Often during cooking the thick gravy will seep through the crust,making the edges irresistable.
Neither of us are big kidney fans,much preffering the Steak and Mushroom.
Granted,the cow has probably only `hopped` through the pie,but about a dozen baby mushrooms sitting in that thick savoury gravy make amends for that.
Somehow the pastry always stays crisp.
The pie is absolutely `wicked` served with creamy mashed potatoes and peas,maybe not served in trendy restaurants,but British tradition at its best .
Thousands of British products are delivered Worldwide to Ex-Pats via the website expatshopping.net/britishfood and Fray Bentos products feature high on those shopping lists.
The range of pies include:
Minced beef and onion
Steak and Kidney pudding
Steak and Ale
Steak and mushroom
Steak and three vegetables
Chicken and Mushroom.
Premier Foods are the company who market the Fray bentos pie,their Head Office is in St Alban`s Hertfordshire.
Tasty,economical and easy to prepare the Fray Bentos pie is an inexpensive option for a main meal.
In Tesco the pie costs around £1.20.
Steak strips and sliced mushrooms in a gravy sauce topped with a puff pastry.