Greggs Vegan Steak Bake Road Test: A Match for its Much Loved Predecessor?
The Greggs vegan sausage roll took the world by storm last year. How does this year's offering compare? I've tried it to find out.
Greggs are trailblazers in bringing vegan food to the high streets. When their vegan sausage roll was released last year, it almost broke the internet. It sold out every day for days nationwide. Piers Morgan even ate one on television. Vegans, vegetarians, and anyone looking to reduce their meat intake were delighted that now there was a quick, cheap and readily available (once the initial sell-out rush had died down) snack when out and about.
This year, they released their new vegan pastry: the steak bake. This new concoction uses Quorn's well-loved mincemeat in a vegan gravy and pastry. For weeks I've been trying to get my hands on it. I've popped my head into numerous Greggs around the capital when going about my business to see if they had any in stock. They were always sold out, and the message from staff was clear: you have to come early if you want to get your hands on one.
And this morning I took heed of their advice. While out on an early morning trip to the Post Office I glanced inside and there they were. Row upon row of golden, plaid pastry perfection. I hurried home, a steak slice hot in my jacket pocket. Heavy, meaty things are not a usual breakfast for me, but today would have to be an exception.
So let's cut to the meat (sorry): this is a damn good pastry. It is almost identical to the meat steak bake – suspiciously so, even. The Quorn mince is in a delicious gravy, which has been seasoned to balance the natural sweetness of Quorn mince (anyone who has cooked with Quorn will be familiar with this feature), and the pastry is just perfect. Its crispy, its soft inside, and its cooked evenly throughout.
In fact, the pastry is, in my opinion, the main improvement on the much loved Greggs vegan sausage roll: on the sausage roll, the pastry is noticeably less flavoursome than normal, due to the lack of egg wash. I don't know whether this has actually been improved upon for the steak bake, or whether the naturally more flavoursome filling compensates for the lacking pastry. Either way, the sensation when eating it is improved.
The steak bake costs £1.55, which is 55p more than the sausage roll. But due to the increased size, improved flavour and rather delightful plaited appearance, this is an extra 55p well spent. So get yourself down to your local Greggs and give it a try yourself!