6/12/06 | Swanson Turkey Pot Pie
[ Currently Eating: Potato Bread ]
Wow, I was SO disappointed with these Swanson Pot Pies. I remember eating these as a snack when I was a kid and thinking that they were the best thing in the world. I think they were also only 33 cents or less at the market.
So twenty years later I decided to give them a try again. They couldn’t be THAT bad right? Plus, even with inflation the price of one of these cheapie frozen pot pie ranges from 49 cents to about a buck. Good cheap eats right? Not even close.
Oh, full disclosure: in my salad days at an unamed dot com (where we used to fold 100 dollar greenbacks into paper airplanes, light them on fire and throw them off the balcony), I used to buy the expensive Marie Calendar Chicken Pot Pies and those were pretty durned good. You put them in the microwave for like 5 minutes and the crust is actually nicely browned and crisp and there’s like big chunks of chicken, carrots and potatoes.
The Swanson Turkey Pot Pie, when put into the microwave, nicely exploded into a Simpson-esque radioactive pie disaster. I followed the directions correctly, scoring the top of the pie carefully to vent the steam but that didn’t help at all. Well before the recommended cooking time, I heard sputtering and popping in the microwave. I looked inside and the contents had started to come out all over the plate. I had to keep going though, because the inside was still cold.
Man, this was pretty nasty looking… and you know at Cheap Eats we aren’t that particular. It tasted even worse. The crust was pale and unappetizing. (Later, I over-nuked another one by a few minutes for good measure to try and get it brown. No luck.) Let me tell you what the crust tastes like: it tastes like library paste. Don’t ask me how I know what library paste tastes like.
The inside of the pot pie was no better. The color was a shade of sickly yellow jaundice. There were small shreds of what I THINK was turkey odds and ends. Overcooked and lonely peas. Tiny carrot cubes. I think one or two potato pieces. The overly salty pie innards were like sloppy cornstarch glue. Hey, you get library paste AND glue… yum!
OK ,sorry Swanson. I had to tear you a new one even though I think your chicken broth is halfway decent. The semi-good news is that if you put these pies in the oven, the resulting crust is quite a bit better. It turns out almost the way I remember it as a kid. But the inside is still unsatisfying.
But I still don’t see why I made a big deal out of these pot pies when I was younger. Even at 79 cents, this pot pie completely failed me in every respect. I dunno. Maybe I just had low “pot-pie-karma” the day I made them.
Found At: Albertson’s
Cheap Eats Score: 1/10 (microwave), 3/10 (oven)