I’ve always been a lover of pot-pies, though vegan options are quite scarce – which is why Boomerang’s Aussie Pies, a company out of Austin, caught my eye recently at Whole Foods in the frozen foods section.
Though not presented exactly as a pot-pie, these are described as “Handheld Aussie Pies,” given their shape and propensity for being eaten easily without a fork. They did, however, have the same flaky crust you’d expect from a pot-pie, so my expectations were high for a pot-pie-ish experience.
I’m usually skeptical of frozen meals, as many never turn out quite as good as they appear on the box – especially when microwaved. Though Boomerang’s suggestion of nuking for 3 minutes, then baking for 3 seemed like it might help things out.
Boomerang’s offers two vegan pies – the Curry Veggie and Thai Veggie, of which I opted for the Thai. The Thai Veggie pie exited the oven quite crispy and flaky on the outside. On the inside, big chunks of tender veggies are flavored with a mildly sweet sauce with a subtle peanut flavor and just a tinge of spice. Often times veggies end up degrading into a pile of indiscernible mush in frozen dinners, but these veggies held their own – especially aided by the water chestnuts which offered a crisp texture on the inside.
I haven’t tried the Curry pie yet, but from the outcome of this version, I can certainly say I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one. Boomerang’s Aussie Pies are a great option for a quick meal or snack, on the go or otherwise.