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Jul 1, 2004 07:21 PM

Who makes the best frozen pot pie?

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Got a craving.

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    Win (Boston)

    Petsi, but it's fresh, not frozen.

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    1. re: Win (Boston)

      I assume the OP was referring to stuff available in supermarkets around the country, as this is the General Topics board....

        1. re: Fat Cat

          marie calendars - i grew up on stoffers frozen pot pies - yeech! marie calendars are tasty, lots of flavor inside, flaky crust outside, for frozen grocery store pot pies that is. but watch out - super high calorie, fat and sodium content. i mean really high...


          1. re: leesh

            We like Marie Callendar's chicken pot pie -also Pepperidge Farm is very good. D.

            1. re: Donna - MI

              I second pepperidge farm, right out of the micro
              it comes out amazingly crispy

            2. re: leesh

              Marie Calendars is very costs a little more then a stouffers but you can taste the difference

              1. re: leesh

                Isn't that the whole point of chicken pot pie? Ummmmm. Yep, I piggyback on Marie's version therein. Good stuff for depression, and even better on a great day.

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          torta basilica

          MArie Callendar's is one of my favorite comfort foods - don't know if it's the best, tho!

          1. If you live near a Whole Foods, you can buy their excellent chicken pot pies in the refrigerated section. Take a few home and freeze them, then cook when the craving hits.

            1. A few years ago, you could get Mrs. Budd's chicken pies from the fresh meat counter, but I haven't been able to find them in a very long time.

              Marie Callendar's are okay, but they leave a metallic flavor in my mouth.

              Pepperidge Farms aren't bad.

              Stouffer's place is in the garbage disposal.

              Claim Jumper's puts out a nice, meaty pie, but I'm not sure if they're available in your area.

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              1. re: Angie D

                I think Mrs. Budds fresh chicken pies are the best. They have the two types of chicken, in two sizes, in my local markets. Right in the chicken section of the meat aisle. I like the chicken with fancy vegetables best.

                I did a tasting of a few frozen pies last month. Should have posted. I didn't care for any of the ones I tried.

                Marie Callendar's were bitter tasting.

                Pepperidge Farms were flavorless and artificial tasting.

                Stouffer's were artificial tasting.

                I was so disapointed with those three that I still have 3 more types buried in the back of my freezer.

                1. re: The Rogue

                  Given a previous post - do these fresh pies have a bottom crust?

                  1. re: bk

                    As I recall, Mrs. Budd's didn't have a bottom, but then again I haven't had the pleasure of devouring a slice in awhile. ;)

                  2. re: The Rogue

                    Well, come the apocalypse, you'll be all. set. : )

                2. I'm going to be really irreverent here, but I still like Swanson's chix or turkey pot pies. They're just the right size on the small side. Of course, after nuking one, I add fresh squeezed lemon juice, hot sauce or dry sherry depending on my whim of the moment.

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                  1. re: Taralli

                    I grew up eating Swanson's chicken pot pies (and the other kinds they made). They hold a special place in my heart. I have not looked for them, recently.

                    I have tried the Marie Callender's variety, as well. They are okay, possibly better than Swanson's, but they don't hold the same sentimental value. :)