A staple in households for literally hundreds of years; the pasty is dated back to the 1300’s and the first recipe with pricing list is dated to somewhere in the 1500’s. If you look at food history you will find that Cornish women (smarty pants ladies) would make these ‘all in one meals’ for their miner husbands. They would stay warm for long periods of time or could be warmed easily if needed. I grew up not far from many mining towns in the upper peninsula of Michigan (U.P.) and this was always the history that we were told as kids.
While my husband is not a miner, I still like the mobility. Eat fresh after baking, travel to deer blind and warm over heater, or freeze and reheat at a later date. There are not many meals that you can say that about! The other thing that I like about pasties is that you can control what quality of produce and ingredients.
My friend Caroline and her daughter Katie were kind enough to lend me a hand in the kitchen for this 10 ½ hour process to make 80ish pasties and 2 casseroles dishes (ran out of flour to make more crust). Katie worked SUPER hard for dinner that night!
- Pie Crust of your choice
- 5 lbs potatoes chopped
- 1 – 1 ½lbs meat of choice (ground beef, shredded beef, mutton, venison)
- 3/4lbs carrots chopped
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 1/3 rutabaga chopped
- 1 cube beef bouillon mixed with ½ cup water dissolved
- Dot of butter on top of each pile of filling
Mix all ingredients (minus the pie crust and butter) together. Form dough disks about 8 inches in diameter and place ingredients to one side. Place dot of butter on top of filling and seal edges to form a ½ moon shape. Poke some air holes in the top of the pasty. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.
Eat fresh or wrap in tin foil or plastic wrap and freeze for up to 6 months. Reheat for 30 minutes in preheated oven or for 3 minutes in microwave. Enjoy!
CHEATER WAY OUT! Don’t have time or patients to make all individuals? Make it into a casserole! Crust optional on bottom with all ingredients the same with crust on top and an hour baking time.
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