Welcome to Meat Filled Pastries, and the first review of 2014. While people are making resolutions about eating salads spritzed with some low-fat dressing that taste like a fairy’s fart your friendly football following pie man has but one resolution: Eat More Pie! I want to continue to smother these meat filled bad boys in brown sauce and tell you lovely folk all about them. I want to find more luxury, discover the unusual and if I’m lucky see some rather good games of football along the way.
So with that said, there is no time to be wasted. Let’s rate some pie!
Where: Valefield Park, Kilbirnie Ladeside v Pollok, West Superleague Premier Division
Price: £1.20. With enough change left over to buy a Bovril from the £2 coin in my pocket this pie fell bang in the middle of the price range associated with junior level pies.
Presentation: A small white napkin, sufficient to grasp the pie securely and leave a small corner to dab away the rather healthy splurge of brown sauce that I had chosen to place upon this pie.
Meatiness: A mutton pie that was filled sufficiently to give the right balance of meat to pastry. The meat inside was flavoured very well and although it did not have the peppery kick my palate usually would crave it was more than compensated by the lovely savoury flavour that filled my mouth. In terms of texture the meat inside was near perfect. Falling apart just enough to allow a generous bite without fear of a meaty waterfall cascading down your arm and a puddle of meaty disappointment forming on the terracing below. I had missed my lunch and this pie certainly was helping to fill that hole.
Pastry: Although the pastry may look a little underdone in the picture I can confirm that it was baked sufficiently to support the meat inside whilst allowing a bite free of any jagged edges. The top was a little loose which resulted in a small blob of brown sauce ending up on my nose at one point but that aside the pastry was a success in providing the necessary support for the meat within without being devoid of taste itself.
Overall: Without having that spicy kick I normally rave about it would be understandable to expect me to say this pie was no better than average, however that was not the case. It was well seasoned and had a lovely bite with a meat and pastry combination amongst some of the best I’ve had. My only negative was that unfortunately when I went to get a second just before half-time they had run out, and to run out before half-time is over is simply unforgivable.
Gravy Factor: The kind of gravy I wish I could have had more of at the time. Many a chef will always advise to ‘leave them wanting more’ but when it comes to a pie at a football game I don’t want to have to go without, even if it is seconds.
Another pie down and if you have read this far down then I know you are keen and like the words I write so I will give you my bonus resolution and let you do with it what you will, it simply reads: Get a Free Pie.
Remember you can visit www.footballbloggingawards.co.uk where I talk football in a non pie based manner, my latest entries look at the rules surrounding football celebrations and a look at how we as fans can help deal with homophobia in the game we all love. My next tale of pie will be at as a yet to be determined location as the weather is playing havoc with my sporting adventures at the moment but as soon as I know I’ll get it put on Twitter.
However as always, until next time, go forth and eat pie!
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There is something that you should know before I continue this review:
I had drank a LOT of Tequila the previous evening.
Tequila is generally NOT conducive to wanting to feast on Meat Filled Pastries, however with that being said after a can of that well known Scottish elixir of life Irn Bru, I gathered myself and tucked right in. So without further ado, lets Rate Some Pie!
Where: Petershill Park, Petershill v Pollok, West Superleague Premier Division
Price: Now, got to be honest here. I was rather hungover folks and as such neglected to take a note of the individual price of my Meat Filled Pastry. However through the powers of deduction I can ascertain that as it was £4.80 for 2 Pies and 2 cans of juice, that the pie was at his cheapest £1.40 based on the fact a can of juice will be no more than £1 and to be honest those cans are usually less. Either way that is a pricey Junior pie. (UPDATE: Petershill have contacted me via Twitter and have kindly provided the price of the pie as £1.50.)
Presentation: The pie was presented in a half paper, half plastic bag, an unusual presentation technique for a pie and one that was not a success in this instance. For a start the paper was not enough to contain the pie’s heat, providing insufficient protection from the warmth that a napkin would, luckily they were on hand although were rather on the small side. Then we have the plastic, oh deary, deary me, the plastic. Helping to create what can only be described as a ‘sweaty’ pie, with a thin layer of grease wrapped all the way around the outside making the need for a napkin of greater substance even more paramount.
Meatiness: A Scotch Pie things were disappointing here as well. Somewhere there is a pie maker, in his hairnet and white coat, furiously grinding salt and pepper into an empty pie case because mine certainly was lacking the seasoning a good pie requires. Not even the saviour of many a poor pastry, Brown Sauce, could provide the flavour kick my heart desired.
Pastry: The pastry was ample, too ample for the meat that was provided. It was well browned but due to the way the pie was kept warm in the plastic and paper it took on the taste and crunch of something deep fried as opposed to lovingly baked in the oven. It like most of the rest of the pie left an unsatisfying layer of grease on your lips after every bite.
Overall: Look I want all pie’s to be meat filled delights, but I have to be honest and this is the first pie on my journey that didn’t hit the mark. It was never given a chance the moment it was left to steep under a heating lamp wrapped in plastic, whilst the filling was lacking in that meaty punch in the chops that every football fan is looking for.
Gravy Factor: Anaemic gravy, somebody used one scoop of the best Bisto they could get their hands on when 3 or 4 were required.
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Today is a very special day for followers of Meat Filled Pastries, as today you see the addition of the home favourite, the pie that is a direct result of 50% of my ‘scotch’ intake, The Pollok Pie. Now I will try my best to be objective here but you have to understand this pie has been passing my lips for over 20 years, there was a change in supplier about 5 years ago but honestly that only enhanced the experience. This is really the Pie that all other Pie’s will be judged against. The ‘Control’ Pie if you will.
With that all being said lets Rate Some Pie!
Where: Newlandsfield Park, Pollok v Auchinleck Talbot, West Superleague Premier Division
Price: £1.30, at the top end of prices within Junior Football for a pie, a 10p increase on the previous year.
Presentation: Your pie comes lovingly wrapped in a small white napkin, although it could do with being a bit bigger as an occasional stray spill tends to end up on the terrace as opposed to saved in the warm embrace of the napkin.
Meatiness: The pie is well filled although there is no gravy, relying solely on the juices of the meat inside to provide moisture, which it does sufficiently, There is a good amount of pepper within, not to provide heat but to knock it up a notch from being your average pie. The meat is well packed forming a small meaty block inside but once bitten it does fall apart without much fuss.
Pastry: Was fired well enough at the bottom so there was no danger of mince falling out the arse of the pie and the edges crispy enough to pick off but not so crispy that you couldn’t bite straight through. My only niggle is the top of the pie casing which was a little loose causing some ‘sauce on nose’ hilarity as you bite down.
Overall: The Control Pie, and a mighty fine one at that, not perfect but even through these rose tinted glasses a worthy effort.
Gravy Factor: The kind of pie Aunt Bessie would have after playing with her lady garden. Satisfying Gravy.