Coal Miners Pasties


Coal miners in the Midwest would take one of these pasties for their lunch. They keep warm rather long wrapped in a towel. Some housewives would stuff one end with a savory filling, and the other with a sweet one. That way you could have your dessert with your dinner! For a true coal miner meal experience, be sure to roughly chop the potatoes.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
6 pasties


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ cups lard

  • 10 tablespoons ice water

  • 2 pounds top round steak, cut into 1/4 inch cubes

  • 5 red potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 3 turnips, peeled and cubed

  • 1 ½ cups chopped onion

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon salt


  1. Place flour, 2 teaspoons salt, and lard in a bowl. Quickly rub lard into flour with your fingertips until it resembles small peas. Pour in ice water and form into a ball. Add more water if it feels too dry. Divide dough into 6 balls; wrap in plastic and chill for one hour.

  2. In a bowl, combine steak, turnips, potatoes, onions, remaining 1 tablespoon salt, and pepper.

  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  4. Roll out one ball of dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cake pan, trace a 9-inch circle in dough; cut out the circle. Place about 1 1/2 cups of steak mixture into middle of the circle. Fold edges of the circle up to meet along the top of filling; crimp dough along the top to seal. Repeat until dough is used up. Use a spatula to transfer pasties to an ungreased baking sheet.

  5. Bake pasties in the preheated oven for 45 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1186 Calories
67g Fat
99g Carbs
45g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 1186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 67g 85%
Saturated Fat 26g 130%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 2203mg 96%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 45g
Vitamin C 25mg 127%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 9mg 47%
Potassium 1578mg 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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