This is a short review of the Crestwood Puff Pastry Cheese & Onion pasty – these are Aldi pasties, costing just 39p at the time of writing. I thought I’d try an Aldi pasty as they’ve opened a new store close to me, so I have to try a few Aldi products in the coming months. I love pasties and love cheese and onion pasties!
These pasties have a 3-4 day shelf life, but are suitable for home freezing. You can just open the freezer door and throw them in. I like food like that!
The pasty is already cooked, so can be eaten cold, but they are much better warmed up.
These pasties can be cooked in the oven, at 190°C, taking 20-25 minutes, but I decided to cook mine in my mini oven. A mini oven, or toaster oven, is quicker than using a full sized oven and costs a fraction of the energy price!
The mini oven settings I used were:
- Set thermostat to 190°C
- Turn the top and bottom elements on
- Set the timer for 10 minutes
- Place the shelf on the bottom rack – I placed the pasty on a sheet of foil as I wasn’t sure if it’d leak or not (it didn’t)
- After 10 minutes turn off the top element and bake for a further 5 minutes.
Although called a cheese and onion pasty, the filling also contains potato. While you can taste the onion there are no noticeably large onion chunks. The filling is made from layered ingredients, not a mixed up mash/goo, making it a good texture when you bite into it.
The whole pasty weighs 150 grams.
Looking at the nutrition and calories, this pasty has got a lot of calories – 432 calories for the whole pasty. The nutrition label shows it has:
- 25 grams of fat, saturates are 8.7 grams
- 3.9 grams of sugar
- 1 gram of salt.
Overall, this is a very quick and tasty pasty – and at 39p I’ll certainly be buying them again. In fact I’ve already been out and bought another one! For the size of it, there are a lot more calories than I’d like, but “a little of what you fancy does you good” they say 🙂
Could I have made a pasty myself? Of course I could – we could all cook from scratch if we wanted to … but, let’s face it, sometimes we simply don’t want to 🙂 While making my own homemade cheese & onion pasty, from scratch, would have tasted better, it would also have taken me longer and without significant cost savings. A few frozen pasties in the freezer makes for an easy/happy life sometimes.
Eat it on its own, as a hot snack, or serve with side dishes to make it your main meal!