Tesco Melton Mowbray Pork Pies are traditional, genuine British products made with succulent fresh British pork, seasoned with a unique Tesco seasoning blend and wrapped in a crisp, rich pastry. Injected with a mouth-watering jelly, the meat in the pies is kept perfectly moist and flavoursome.
Melton Mowbray pork pies have been awarded Protected Geographical Indicator (PGI) status meaning they are now a protected product and can only be baked to a traditional recipe and method from within a specified area. An authentic Melton Mowbray pork pie is considered to be the King of pork pies and can contain no less than 30% meat. The meat must be uncured, which is grey in colour like roast pork rather than the cured, pink variety, and unlike other pork pies baked in a hoop or mould, the Melton Mowbray pork pie is baked unsupported which gives it its unique bowed shape. All Tesco Melton Mowbray pork pies comply with the guidelines set out for PGI, so you are guaranteed to be eating an authentic product.
The famous pie originated from its namesake, the historic market town of Melton Mowbray. The town had developed a high concentration of cheese production, most famously around White and Blue Stilton, which led to a flourishing pig industry, as the whey from the cheese production was used to feed the pigs. With an abundance of fresh meat available, the pork pie was born!
Traditionally, the Melton Mowbray pork pie was developed as a portable snack, where the pastry case was used to protect the meat and allow the pie to be carried by workers who would then discard it before enjoying the meat inside. The recipe for the pastry was soon developed to become richer, tastier and firmer. Bakers were then able to raise it around a warmed jar or wooden dolly to create a nest to hold the meat and make the traditional pies similar to those we know today. Melton Mowbray pork pies' popularity flourished in the 1870's when hunters discovered the unique characteristics and flavours of the pie and spread the word amongst fellow huntsmen.
Tesco Melton Mowbray Pork Pies
All Tesco Melton Mowbray pork pies are developed by a Master Baker with over 30 years baking experience. They are crafted in the heartland of Melton Mowbray pork pies, by Walkers Charnwood Bakery, which has been baking for 187 years since 1824 and has a longstanding heritage in making high quality pork pies. The range contains a variety of sizes fit for all occasions; mini's, snack-size, individual, medium and large pies - ideal for parties, picnics and festive occasions, as well as an indulgent treat!
Tesco Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie (440g) - British Pie Award winner 2010
The Large Melton Mowbray Pork Pie is the most popular pie in the range and won Champion status in the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie class at the British Pie Awards 2010 which is testament to the quality and taste of the pie. Perfect for sharing at the dinner table or slicing as part of a buffet. Pair with chutney or a cheeseboard for a classic British snack.
Tesco Finest 5 Mini Melton Mowbray Pork Pies (250g)
The Tesco Finest Minis are premium Mini Melton Mowbray Pork Pies which retain all the distinctive characteristics and flavours of the larger pies. Ideal for lunchboxes, summer picnics in the park or for a seasonal buffet. A perfect choice for foodies looking for a traditional British snack on the go!
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