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September 11, 2010


For those of you who don't know what pasties are, check out this link to find out more. Growing up in Upper Michigan my husband and I both ate pasties in our homes. I have my mom's pasty crust recipe below but usually for the sake of time and my sanity, I just use refrigerated pie crusts.

Pasty Recipe
This makes 4 large pasties and serves maybe 6-8 people
2 boxes of refrigerated pie crust (each box contains 2 pie crusts)
8-10 medium russet potatoes peeled and cubed
1 lb ground beef (preferably not lean)
1 medium yellow onion diced
*1-2  large carrots peeled with a peeler

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Roll out the refrigerated pie crusts on a cookie sheet.

 Peel and cube 8 to 10 medium size russet potatoes and then dice one medium yellow onion.

 Crumble one pound raw ground beef into bowl with potatoes and onions, then generously salt and pepper the mixture.  I usually let this sit in a bowl and meld together in the refrigerator for a few hours.

If you are using a refrigerated crust, just unroll the crust onto a cookie sheet.
Place the pasty mixture onto half of the unrolled crust.

Fold over the pie crust and pinch up the edges to seal the pasty shut.  I cut a few slits in the top with a knife as well.  Repeat the above steps until you are out of pasty filling or pie crusts. 

Place pasties in the oven to bake for one hour, they are done when the potatoes are tender and the ground beef is no longer pink. 

 * I don't like carrot in my pasty but many people do.  You can also add rutabaga as well.

Homemade Crust Mixture:
1 1/3 c flour
1/2 tsbp salt
1/2 c lard (crumbly)
1/3 c cold water
Mix flour, salt and lard together, add a little bit of water at a time as you might not use all of it. Mix until well blended.  Roll out the crust in oval shapes.  You can make your pasties as big or small as you like.

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  1. My mom just tried one for the first time this summer when we traveled through the UP -- she loved them, so I'm thankful for the recipe :)

  2. I can't wait to try this! Stopping by from Tasty Tuesday!

  3. I forgot to add that my husband puts ketchup all over his pasty. Other people might put gravy on them, I eat mine just the way it is. Enjoy and thanks for stopping and commenting! :)

  4. I live in central WI and people here have adopted the noble pasty. Thanks for the recipe, I'll definitely be trying these out!

  5. This is a great meal for feeding my farmers in the field! THANKS! I can't wait to try it!

  6. Well Ange I just had to click on your entry into Tasty Tuesday as it was more than likely that you were a Michigan girl if you were posting about pasties. I just did a post last week on the bridge walk on Labor Day. Lots of pasties being sold during that time.

    I use the refrigerator pastries for many baking projects, when I don't have a lot of spare time for making pastry they sure come in handy. Thanks so much for posting your recipe.

  7. I didn't think you paid any attention when I was cooking. I am so proud of you. Love MOM

  8. They look delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. You’ve been featured! =) http://athomewithhaley.blogspot.com/2010/09/recipes-i-cant-wait-to-try-2.html


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