Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
You probably are familiar with the Marie Callender's restaurant, and you may even have dined there. In my opinion, it used to be one of the higher end, fancier restaurant chains—a little above Denny's, maybe even a step above Black Bear or Sizzler.
In addition to their restaurants, Marie Callender's also produces frozen foods that are sold in grocery stores. I don't care too much for their TV dinners. I think their quality—like the restaurant—has gone downhill.
One thing I will say, though, is that their frozen pies are perfect. This probably makes sense, as it was their dessert pies that they were originally known for.
When it comes to frozen pot pies, it has to be turkey for me. Chicken and beef don't quite cut it. So I decided to purchase their turkey pot pie and write a review for my readers.
If you take a look at the nutrition facts on the package, you can see that this is definitely not one of the healthiest foods on the market.
Frozen foods in general are notorious for their preservatives, fat content, and sodium. This one however, seems to take the cake. The calories alone are enough to shock you. However, you will find that the caloric intake from consuming one of these pies is much less than your regular fast food meal.
Though the sodium and carbs are pretty scary, you will notice there are other nutrients and vitamins available here.
If you are looking for something healthy, you should probably pass. But if you want a delicious comfort food that will warm you up and fill your belly, then you have come to the right place.
The ultimate question you must ask yourself is do you eat to live or live to eat?
Cooks Up Beautifully
One of the things I like about frozen pot pies is that they usually seem to cook up perfectly, with a nice golden crust with just the right amount of flakiness. And when you dip the outer edges of the crust into the gravy/sauce, they crunch up just right.
In my book, it's the crust that makes the pie. You cannot prepare these in the microwave, that's for sure. You must have an oven. Toaster oven? Well, I have honestly not tried these in one of those. I like toaster ovens, but I think they're probably better for quick things like crisping up bacon, making a sandwich, or maybe some frozen chicken strips. Pot pies? I don't know, maybe you can tell me.
My favorite part of the preparation process is when the gravy starts to bubble through the top, kind of like a hot spring or a pool of lava. If you listen closely, you can sometimes hear it bubbling when you take the pie out of the oven. The delicious seepage continues until you poke on through the top.
It's a bit of fun, too.
Generous Amount of Meat and Veggies
One thing I have to say about Marie Callender's is that they are definitely generous about the fillings—in at least the turkey variety.
I found nice, tender chunks of meat, slivers of potatoes, celery, peas, and whole carrot slices. There is something to be said about the carrots in this pie because they have a freshness about them. They are tender but hold their shape well. They're not little square chunks that taste like soggy croutons.
The gravy is delicious with just the right amount of flavor and seasonings. Combined with the crust, the fillings are perfect.
This is definitely one of the better pies out there.
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