Pie lovers in America crave crusts, flaky and filled with cinnamoned apples, or brimming with fresh summer berries. Across The Pond, however, pie-eyed pundits line up for savory stew-filled pastries. Lately, these savory pies have leapt the ‘lantic and begun invading American restaurants in such influential culinary capitals as Boston and Chicago. Being amenable, as we are, to this latest of British invasions, we decided it’s time to bring a little of what Londoners consider commonplace in their pubs and markets to our own sweet-pie-filled shelves. Announcing: Trader Joe’s Steak and Ale Pies.
Modeled after the meat pies found in popular English groceries and pubs, each of our 10-ounce pies has a short cylindrical shape. Unlike “pot-pies,” which often only have a top-crust, our Steak and Ale Pies have a flaky, all-butter, all-encompassing crust. Breach that golden pastry with your fork to release the rich aroma. Inside are hunks of beef (braised about 10 hours), accompanied by chunks of gold potatoes, and carrots—all wading in beefy gravy that’s enriched by porcini mushrooms, herbs, and Stout Ale.
Pie isn’t just for dessert anymore and we’ve conveniently frozen ours so you can enjoy it anytime. Microwave it for 5 minutes and ‘Bob’s your uncle!’ For even better results, heat it in a 350˚F oven for 45-50 minutes—if you can wait that long. Serve it with English “chips” and a Stout beer. Try pairing it with one of the dark beers on our shelves, like Kennebunkport Brewing Company’s (KBC) Porter.
It’s quite likely we’ll be knighted for this authentic culinary tribute to the Crown. If this becomes the case, we promise not to make you start calling us Sir Trader Joe’s. But... you can if you want. The 20-ounce box of two savory Steak and Ale Pies is just $5.99. Find it in our freezer section—not next to the ice cream.