This recipe originated in Cornwall England, and was adapted by my Great Grandmother Johns. It was originally made for the coal miners and wrapped in butcher paper. The hard pastry shell would keep the juicy contents fresh until the miners were ready to eat. My Grandma would serve with relishes and Coca Cola. If you want to make these more quickly, you can use refrigerated pie crusts instead of the pastry recipe.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
PASTRY:
FILLING:

Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Stir in cold water with a fork until the mixture is able to come together in a ball. Knead a couple of times then divide pastry into two pieces. Pastry may be refrigerated for later use at this time.

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half of the pastry into a 10-inch circle.

  • Place half of the potato slices in a line down the center of each circle, leaving at least 1 inch at each end uncovered. Arrange onion slices over the potatoes, and season with salt, pepper and some of the dried parsley. Place half of the beef cubes over each onion layer, then season again with salt, pepper and dried parsley. Fold the edges over the pastry over the filling, and tuck in the ends.

  • Transfer the two pastries to a greased baking sheet, and cut a few slits in the top of each one for ventilation.

  • Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove from the oven, and reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spoon 1 teaspoon of water into each slit on the tops of the pasties. Return to the oven, and bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve whole, or cut into halves.

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Nutrition Facts

620.6 calories; 21.3 g protein; 57 g carbohydrates; 45.4 mg cholesterol; 186.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2008
Looks like a great recipe! I use my great-grandma's recipe who used to make pasties for the miner's in upper Michigan (da U.P., eh!) I am just writing to give a couple of suggestions. To keep the insides moist use lard or butter. Lard is what was traditionally used. You could also try using a 1/2 & 1/2 combination of pork and beef, that is what my recipe calls for. A modern twist to add some great flavor to the pasties (also a secret ingredient of a pasty shop in the U.P.) is onion soup mix. A whole package is a little bit too much unless you are making a huge batch, so go light until you have a feel for how much you like. Hope this helps! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2004
I thought this was good and different. I added chicken bouillon to the water along with a little garlic powder. Read More
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42 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2008
Looks like a great recipe! I use my great-grandma's recipe who used to make pasties for the miner's in upper Michigan (da U.P., eh!) I am just writing to give a couple of suggestions. To keep the insides moist use lard or butter. Lard is what was traditionally used. You could also try using a 1/2 & 1/2 combination of pork and beef, that is what my recipe calls for. A modern twist to add some great flavor to the pasties (also a secret ingredient of a pasty shop in the U.P.) is onion soup mix. A whole package is a little bit too much unless you are making a huge batch, so go light until you have a feel for how much you like. Hope this helps! Read More
(77)
Rating: 5 stars
10/23/2005
This is very good, and similar to my husband's grandmother's recipie. As my family got larger, i had to find shortcuts because time would not allow. If i am short on time, i use the refrigerator pie crusts and frozen hash browns and i always add a little chopped up carrots. My kids devour them w/ground beef so if using that, brown and drain first. Thanks for the tip w/the water at the end, i never used that and it certainly makes them moist and w/gravy inside! Serve w/gravy or (for the younger ones) catsup on the side! Yum! If you make them smaller, bite or two size, they make a great appetizer too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/21/2007
This recipe reminded me of my grandma's recipe. For extra enhancement I seared the sirloin pieces added minced garlic sliced carrots and frozen peas. Beef bouillon granules mixed in with the water at the last step adds more flavor. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories on a North Dakota farm. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2007
The true Cornish pastie recipe! However we do add rutabaga to this and cut back the amount of shortening. This recipe reminds me of the Cornish pasties we had in Cornwall wrapped in wax paper and required to be eaten with both hands. A little time consuming otherwise good for people on a budget and who have the time on their hands to make something like this. Highly recommended. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/21/2007
Great!! I hadn't made pasties in over thirty years and this recipe tastes just as I remember! I used one more potato than the two the recipe calls for and I dotted the filling with margarine before placing the pie crust over the top. I also cooked them for 10 more minutes than the 1 hour in the recipe and I laid a piece of foil loosely over the top once the crusts were brown. I will make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2010
I use ground beef in mine, and I tend to make a HUGE batch of these every fall because they freeze so well and are great throughout the colder months. Grew up eating these covered in ketchup and even now that is still my favorite way to eat 'em. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/14/2009
This is a nice simple recipe. For a busy night shortcut I used the Pillsbury pie crusts and serve with Heinz jar gravy. You can whip them up pretty quickly and pop them in the oven. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2009
My husband asked for this for his birthday dinner and I had never even had these before much less made them. To be honest I was very scared about this whole recipe because I didn't cook the meat or potatoes before hand and I thought for sure that they weren't going to be cooked all the way through. I was also very unsure about how it was going to taste (with only salt pepper and I used fresh parsley). Not only was this dish surprisingly tasty but you can bet that I will be making it again!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
Easy to make and very yummy comfort food! I followed other suggestions and added beef broth at the end - a definite plus Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2004
I thought this was good and different. I added chicken bouillon to the water along with a little garlic powder. Read More
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