Saturday 29 May 2021

Plant-based Pork Pies

Plant-based pork pies. I'm aware that there have been some around for the past few years, but 2021 has seen the number of options grow. Could this year do for the vegan pork pie what 2019 did for the vegan sausage roll?

Ginsters: No Pork Pies - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chilled / 4pk / 

Ginsters have been knocking out some great plant-based foods over the last year or so, and this continues with the introduction of their plant-based pork pies. They have a decent pastry, good firm textured meat inside and there is the slightest hint of that jelly substance that people either love or hate, making them quite authentic. Note on the jelly: There is such a small amount that I didn't notice it until I was on my third pack of these, and even then I was actively looking for it.

Tesco: Plant Chef 6 Mini Savoury Pies - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chilled / 6pk

These are made from seasoned soya protein with roasted onions.When I first had one I thought it tasted quite peppery which I quite like. The filling is soft but possibly a little crumbly, but not really dry. The pastry again is on the softer side.

Plant Pioneers: No Pork Pies - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chilled / 4pk / 

I have been buying these as I mostly shop in Sainsbury's. The filling is pretty good and the pastry is very nice. It has that slight crusty texture at points where the edges have been cooked just right (I like this). I'd say overall I slightly prefer these over the Tesco option above, but it's close and I think opinions will vary as the two brands are very different.

On the negative side, an odd thing I've noticed is that I always find one dud pork pie in every pack. The filling in the dud is very dried out and it's almost hard. It's really strange.

Morrisons: Porkless Pie - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Chilled / 2pk / 2x65g / Approx £1.50

The Morrisons pork pie has been around for longer than the first two on this page. These again have a decent pastry and good flavour to the filling. The thing that is noticeably different with these is that the filling is a little too soft when compared to the others.

on my shopping list...

Pork Farms: Vegan Porkless Pies (Available in Asda, but my local one doesn't seem to have them)
Gro: Vegan Pork Pies (Co-Op's own brand - my local doesn't seem to have them)
Tesco Plant Chef: Mini Savoury Pies (I've heard good things about these)

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