Weeks back we were sent some vouchers to try Charlie Bigham's pies. I was salivating at the thought but then the flu hit us and pies went to the back of my mind and were promptly forgotten.
Fast forward to last week and I spied the vouchers on the fridge poking out from behind a drawing of a stick dog and my enthusiasm for pie returned with gusto. I whipped down to Waitrose and picked up these Steak and Ale puff pastry pies (usually £7 for the pair)
I brushed the tops with milk and popped them in the oven. Then something magical happened. The pies rose like I have never seen pies rise in my life.
Boom! Look at that! Husband was beyond impressed. And the pastry was light, buttery and fluffy - perfect!
So now for the filling. The ale gravy was really thick and you could tell just by the colour and texture it was going to taste good. It was filled with tons of tender steak meat. Great quality with no fat. It tasted delicious and rich with flavour.
Needless to say we ate the lot with a lot of gesticulating and praising with our mouths full along the way. I served the pies with cheese topped sweet potato mash, steamed carrots and broccoli which complemented it well. Plates were well and truly scraped!
As an added bonus you end up with 2 very cute china ramekins to keep! I'm a sucker for a ramekin. If your cupboard is bursting with ramekins don't throw them out, your local charity shop can get £1 - £2 each for them!
You can find these pies in your local Waitrose or Sainsbury's store. Find out more about Charlie Bigham's range of luxury pre-prepared food you can cook quickly at home at bighams.com
We were sent vouchers to purchase these pies for review but all opinions are our own.