So I’m slowly working my way through the pies I purchased the other day and he’s what I think of them so far.
Meat pie – this is a little pie, about the size of a standard pork pie but heated up. It contains pork and beef and tastes pretty yummy. My only complaint is the scalding hot liquid contained within which burnt my mouth first time, although this was easily rectified second time around by slicing the pie in half.
Cheese and onion – many years ago when I was a vegetarian, this was one of the few pies I was able to partake of. That and the butter pie, which seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth, probably due to its unfortunate name. It did contain more than just butter, which is why I didn’t collapse from heart failure. But back to the cheese and onion pie. Unfortunately this was disappointing, there was very little evidence of onion, just some bright yellow gloop that may well have originated at the Sellafield reprocessing plant (I joke of course, before anyone tries to sue me).
Potato and meat – before some government organisation got involved, this was known as a meat and potato pie. Now it’s just a perfectly decent pie with a silly name.
Steak and kidney pudding – this is where things get interesting. This is not like any other pie you’ll ever experience. With most pies the pastry is essentially just some hard packaging to keep the contents together, with little merit of its own. But with the steak and kidney pudding, the suet case is an essential part of the whole experience. Not only are the contents tasty, but so is the pastry. Even the cooking instructions are unique. No oven for this pie, but a pan of boiling water. There is one downside to this. Whereas pies are generally a pretty portable food stuff, the steak and kidney pudding needs a plate and fork.
So in conclusion, I would recommend all of these pies from Hollands, except the cheese and onion. But for ultimate pleasure, order ten steak and kidney puddings…