FOUR’N TWENTY Meat Free Pie Review
If you’ve been hanging out for the new FOUR’N TWENTY Meat Free pie, like I have, then you’ll understand why I just hired a GoGet and braved the yucky rainy weather to get my first taste. This pie is plant based but produced on the same equipment as the meat pies.
Pies and sausage rolls have always been a favourite of mine. I remember when we were kids, Mum would have a stash of pies in the freezer, and they’d make perfect lunches on school holidays. They were never as good at home, mainly because we cooked them in the microwave and they went soggy, but they were amazing nonetheless.
My favourites in Western Australia were always the large sized Mrs Mac’s pies we used to get at servos and supermarkets. Something about them was so good. But alas, those days are over, and now there are a few different Vegan “meat” pie options available.
The Four’N Twenty Meat Free Plant Based Pie
In February 2020, it was announced the Coles Express was going to start stocking the Four’N Twenty Plant Based pie. And the internet erupted with meat eaters letting everyone know how they felt about the “traditional Australian food” being given a plant based alternative.
Vegans and vegetarians came out in force to defend the pie, which was great to see. There were polls on news sites, there were segments on A Current Affair. So much commotion for a tiny little pie. But any publicity is good publicity, right?
The pie is marketed as plant based and meat free because it’s produced on the same production line as their traditional pie. But if you go by ingredients, like I do, it’s vegan.
The pie is:
- Plant Based
- Meat Free
- Made in Australia
- Vegan (unless you don’t count things produced on the same production line as meat, vegan)
- Supposed to mimic a traditional Aussie meat pie
- Available in Coles Express stores
Price of the Four’N Twenty Meat Free Pie
At the moment I believe these pies are only available from Coles Express stores and Coles Supermarkets. The ones I bought today were $5 each. I think that’s pretty reasonable for a vegan meat free pie. When I went in to the South Yarra Coles Express this morning they didn’t have any on the shelf warm, however I just asked and they had some out the back, so all was good. I do look forward to the day that meat free options are priced the same as their traditional counterparts, however I think $5 is pretty much the same as what the meat ones cost.
I heated mine in the oven to get the pasty crispy, and I wasn’t disappointed. When I took it out it was golden, crispy, and I was pleasantly surprised with the seeds on top of the pie.
Upon cutting into the Four’N Twenty Meat Free Pie, I discovered that it held together really well. The gravy is thick, a nice deep brown colour, and I could visibly see chunks of vegetables. I know one should never cut their pie open, but I did.
The all important sauce
Sauce for a pie is such a controversial topic. I actually bought two pies and sauced them separately, one with tomato and one with BBQ. I love BBQ sauce on certain things, but I think for this pie it really needs the tomato sauce. Sorry to the BBQ sauce lovers!
What’s Actually In It?
A lot of people are asking me “what’s in the vegan Four’N Twenty Pie”? So I’ve transcribed the ingredients from the pack. This was difficult, because the writing is so small! But here goes:
Water, Wheat Flour, Plant Mince Protein (10%) (Water, Isolated Soy Protein, Wheat, Soy Protein Concentrate, Soy Fibre, Colour (150a), Yeast Extract, Natural Smoke Flavour, Mushroom Powder), Margarine (Vegetable Fats and Oils, Water, Salt, Emulsifiers (471, Soy Lethicin), Acidity Regulators (331, 330), Antioxidant (307b (Soy)), Flavour, Colour (160a), Thickeners (1422, 142), Onion, Seasoning (Contains Wheat, Colour (150d), Carrots), Textured Soy Protein (Colour 150a), Black Chia Seeds, Tomato Paste, Colour (150a), Salt, Mineral Salts (500, 341), Emulsifier (481), Glaze (Contains Wheat, Colour (160b), Rice Flour).
The Four’N Twenty Meat Free Pie Verdict
I really liked the Four’N Twenty Meat Free Pie. It’s not the same as a traditional meat pie, but I guess that’s a given. I think it could be a little saltier, but that’s probably my salt addiction talking.
The texture was perfect and I loved the pastry. I loved the colour and thickness of the gravy. There is that slight TVP taste which I think they could have hidden a bit better with salt and other herbs and spices.
I will give it 7 out of 10, and will definitely be going back for another one when I’m feeling that hungry pie craving!