Herbert Adams Chunky Pepper Steak Pie

20130419_134329After reviewing all of the usual supermarkets’ cheapest pies, here is a review of a popular up-market pastry-meat variety: introducing … Herbert Adams Chunky Pepper Steak Pie.

Cost: Approx $5.50 per 2-pack ($2.75 per pie)

Pastry: like a bread wafer; more spongy than other wafer-like pastry-shells. Puff pastry on top of a baby-white pastry-bulge. A sprinkling of pepper on the lid for extra festiveness. pie

Meat: definately different than the cheaper pies on the market. The pepper was a strong feature of this pie and penetrated the gravy, and the pastry. The meat-chunks were rich-tasting, and were combined with lesser meat-pebbles, to create the illusion of overal chunkiness; when in fact, it is sort of chunky, but not much chewing is required. Whereas the pepper was strong and delicious, the meat wasn’t anything too special. However, it holds its own, when put up against the cheaper store-bought pies, like Coles Chunky Beef pies (which was runner-up in piesaregoodforyou’s Best Budget Pie Award). It is stronger tasting than lesser pies.

Overall Satisfaction: quite high. The size of this pie is impressive, and almost deserving of the price. I think a little red wine or bay leaf could take this pie from good to great.

Grading: B

3 Responses to “Herbert Adams Chunky Pepper Steak Pie”
  1. john zande says:

    You see, this is not good for me. 10,000 kms separating me and a good pie. It’s cruel.

    • malekei says:

      Is there a pie equivalent where you live that you could review? I’m hoping I will have reviews from around the world some day. It’s all for a good cause.

      • john zande says:

        NOTHING! Can you believe it? Nothing even close. Brazilian snack food consists of deep fried stuff. A few years ago an expat set up the “Australian Meat Pie Shop” in Sao Paulo and i’d thought i’d been saved. Unfortunately he chose to make gourmet pies, and they were pretty horrible.

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