Pieminister have just launched their Christmas range of pies. A wonderful range of pies each with a different Christmas flavour. We don’t often have pies out of a packet so I thought Misteright would complain but we really enjoyed them all and the quality and sheer volume of filling was amazing. It was a belt expanding experience, that’s for sure. Pieminister have brought back their regular Christmas pies as well as adding two new delicious flavours to the range. The new pies are available in MistleMoo & Merry Berry which join the already loved, seasonal favourites Deer Santa and Christingle (v) We put them to the test recently and this is what we thought.
MistleMoo pies were Misteright’s favourite. Made with delicious British beef; free range British prosciutto; aged Long Clawson Stilton & chestnuts inside a rich port and red wine sauce, the MistleMoo tastes like a beef wellington right inside a pie. Misteright loves British flavours and MistleMoo pies are packed with them. They have so much filling inside them and a wonderful pastry crust which has just the right crunch for a pie. I loved these too. You can’t beat a beef pie. I was a bit unsure about the Stilton but once I tried the pie, I was really impressed. The flavour is really good. I couldn’t even really taste the Stilton but the beef was very good quality and melted in my mouth. The chestnuts combined with the port and red wine sauce really gave the pie that something extra. I will be taking a trip to buy some more of these. They are great for lazy day dinners and tastes like they have been home-made too.
I loved the Merry Berry pies. They were more my kind of thing. I love turkey, bacon & cranberries so this was the pie for me. Add roast parsnips; sherry; red wine and a pastry casing and oh yum. Like Christmas dinner in a pie. The filling came right up to the top of the lid when I bust the pie open so I could check out what was inside. The first thing that stood out to me was the mustard seeds on the top of the pie. The turkey was moist and combined with the bacon and cranberries it was most definitely my first taste of Christmas this year. I’d buy this pie at any time of year, not just Christmas so I will be a bit sad when I can’t get hold of these any more. It was a love at first bite situation with the Merry Berry pie. We were all fighting over who got the last one. Even numbers in an odd numbered household truly suck. But, I won and ate the last pie so it worked out well in the end.
To my surprise, The Boy loved the Christingle pie which is, oddly, vegetarian. Cheddar cheese and honey-roast parsnips with leeks and chestnuts. There was no moaning that it had no meat. No whinging that he’d not had a proper dinner. This usually occurs when I dish up a meal that has minimal meat content. The men in this house are totally carnivorous. Meat is a huge staple part of their diets and complaints are usually made when I go off from that. It’s easy to see why this is a great Christmas pie though. I was a vegetarian many, many moons ago and at Christmas this would have been the perfect alternative to a nut loaf or some other boring veggie option like stuffed mushrooms. The Deer Santa pie, well, I’m not keen on venison much at all but Misteright and The Boy both enjoy it. They both liked this pie very much. They both love eating venison and they said this pie was filled with flavour. It did smell rather nice and I did try a mouthful. It tasted quite good, considering it was venison but I did only eat a very small bite.
So the final verdict was that the Christmas pies from Pieminister are BRILLIANT! Yes, we will be buying them again before the Holiday season is over. They really were that good, and this is coming from me – a person who prefers cooking pies to buying them. These are truly delicious, British pies and they are well worth getting so you can try them for yourself. You could even have them for Christmas dinner if you get fed up of a roast. The Christmas pies from Pieminister are available from selected Waitrose stores, Ocado and from the Pieminister website
Disclaimer – I received some complimentary pies form Pieminister for the purpose of this review. They were truly yummy. I’m not swayed by free stuff. I even tried eating Bambi in a pie, for you, my loyal readers!