The Cornish Pasties made with the lard are the best. It makes the crust and the rest of the meat pie taste great. Here is the recipe that I grew up with and is the best pastie you will ever eat. You will need 12 9-inch pie pans for this recipe (if you don't have that many, you can buy aluminum pans or make the pasties in batches).

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • To Make Crust: Place flour and salt in a large bowl. Mix well, then cut in lard until mixture is crumbly. Stir in water, mixing just until dough forms a ball. Allow dough to rest in refrigerator while you make filling.

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  • To Make Filling: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil, then onions. If using carrots and rutabagas, add them now. Saute vegetables until soft, about 10 minutes.

  • Add ground beef, ground pork, and green onions to skillet. Saute until meat is no longer pink. Add salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Divide dough into 12 portions and roll out each one to fit a 9-inch pie plate.

  • Place a pastry circle in a pie pan. Fill one half of pan with meat filling. Dot with some of the butter or margarine. Pat edge of crust with water, then fold over other half of crust. Trim edge, then crimp to seal. Make steam vents in top of crust. Brush with milk. Repeat process until all of dough and all of filling are gone.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

800 calories; 61.8 g total fat; 109 mg cholesterol; 330 mg sodium. 41.4 g carbohydrates; 18.9 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2005
I only wanted to make 6 pasties so I cut the flour H20 & shortening in 1/2 (2 cups flour & 1 cup shortening); then to make it low fat I used 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream & 1/2 cup crisco instead of 1 cup of lard. For more flavor I added 2 cloves fresh minced garlic to the dough. This dough is great very easy to work with! I used potatoes carrots & onions for the filling sauteed in chicken broth & added dill & cumin to that. I used leftover beef made in a crockpot & used juice from that to make a gravy for over the top....delicious! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2005
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(10)
25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2005
I only wanted to make 6 pasties so I cut the flour H20 & shortening in 1/2 (2 cups flour & 1 cup shortening); then to make it low fat I used 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream & 1/2 cup crisco instead of 1 cup of lard. For more flavor I added 2 cloves fresh minced garlic to the dough. This dough is great very easy to work with! I used potatoes carrots & onions for the filling sauteed in chicken broth & added dill & cumin to that. I used leftover beef made in a crockpot & used juice from that to make a gravy for over the top....delicious! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2005
I only wanted to make 6 pasties so I cut the flour H20 & shortening in 1/2 (2 cups flour & 1 cup shortening); then to make it low fat I used 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream & 1/2 cup crisco instead of 1 cup of lard. For more flavor I added 2 cloves fresh minced garlic to the dough. This dough is great very easy to work with! I used potatoes carrots & onions for the filling sauteed in chicken broth & added dill & cumin to that. I used leftover beef made in a crockpot & used juice from that to make a gravy for over the top....delicious! Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2003
These are terrific. Even my 6 & 10 year old loved them - they each ate 2 and they're really large! I substituted some potato for half the rutabaga so they wouldn't taste it - but I did! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/19/2005
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2005
I was so excited to make these pasties! The filling tastes just like the pasties at the local cornish pasty shop. I used chicken instead of beef and pork. Also I left out the butter and WISH I HADN'T!! The crust was pretty dry after only 40 min.(I used butter flavor shortening instead of lard) and I think the butter would've helped. I will try this again though because the filling is so good. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/20/2011
This may be called a Cornish Pastie but traditional Cornish Pasties are filled only with onions potatoes and chuck. These days all sorts of additional nonsense is added which distracts from the original taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2009
I didn't use rutabegas and pork but added white wine dill marjoram and sage to the meat mixture. I also made a mushroom gravy to pour over them and everyone loved it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/05/2008
These were very easy and very good. I used potatoes and carrots and added some minced garlic to the meat while it was cooking. We liked eating ours with a jar of gravy. Ketchup was good too. They were just too dry on their own otherwise. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2006
This was incredibly dry! I had to smother it in gravy and the others in ketchup for them to be eatable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/31/2009
Very good! I did not use the rutabegas because I did not think the kiddos would eat them. But the filling was great and the crust was tender and flaky!! Read More
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