"I make these pasties about once a month for my family and extended family. I weigh my ingredients for accuracy and flavor." — Ruth Uitto
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4 1/2 cups
1 1/4 cups
5 1/2 cups
thinly sliced potatoes
1 1/2 pounds
lean ground beef
lean ground pork
ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
I'm from the U.P. of Michigan, so I grew up knowing what a "real" pasty should taste like, not the crap they call pasties here in Detroit. I left out the pork, rutabega, and MSG because I couldn't find any at the store, but it still turned out great! I was able to make 10 pasties. The crust was a little dry, but I may have cooked them too long for the size that I made. Next time I'll try brushing with milk as another person suggested.
To freeze them, let cool after cooking and wrap in tinfoil. To reheat, place the frozen pasty in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour (or you can microwave it if you let it thaw first).
maybe you have to grow up on these things or something, but we ALL thought they were extra gross, and of course, the recipe makes a ton of them. UGH!
I live in the U.P. and was looking for an approximate amount of vegetables. This recipe was the perfect balance! As far as everyone else saying they were dry, my grandmother used to put a pat of butter inside of it before closing it up, and it wasn't dry at all. Hope that helps.
Great Pasties! The crust was easy to make, although I added salt to make it a bit more savory. I followed the recipe exactly and it made 12 generously sized pies. I baked half and froze half on a cookie sheet, transferring them to a freezer bag after they were frozen. I baked the frozen ones in a 425 degree oven for about 50 minutes, and they came out perfect. This is definitely a keeper!
These are awesome!! My husband went to Michigan Tech in Houghton MI (UP), and he said "they are as good as Verna's" Verna was his fraternity's cook and would occasionally make pasties. Obviously the people posting reviews lower than a 5 and complaining that they are "bland" have never had a pasty and don't know how they are supposed to taste! These are not for dieters, and you will wreck them if you try to cut out the fat! Run an extra mile or 2 and make them the way you are supposed to! My husband and I agree that they need more than 1/2 c of rutabaga and fewer potatoes. I did not use the MSG, and they were still awesome. MSG is not needed. My husband says that Verna probably didn't even know what MSG was, and she knew how to cook pasties! You won't be disappointed with this recipe if you are looking for a true pasty recipe.
I am not from MI; however, my husband is and he loves pasties so I thought it would be nice to have and old favorite. We both agreed that these where really good. I did make a few changes to include omitting the MSG and adding 1 tbsp of worcestershire instead. I also used 1 lb of beef (97% lean) and 1.25 lb. of pork. I didn't have the beef bouillon so I substituted with 1/4 cup of chicken broth and used 3 cups of potatoes and 3 cups of turnips diced (only because I didn't have rutabaga). The last change was putting only 1 cup of filling in each pastie. I ended up with 12 pasties half of which I froze. They were great not to dry and not greasy. Oh and for a golden color I coated the top of each pastie with egg white wash. Next time I will devide the dough into 12 equal portions, form balls, and roll out until about 1/4 in thick.
These are great! Another one born and raised in Michigan, and these taste like the real thing, including one I had while in England. The rutabaga is a must for the flavor, and I had no trouble with dryness. I spiced the filling up a bit and added a little worchestershire sauce, and I brushed the outsides with eggwash before baking. I'll be making more and freezing them soon!
Excellent recipe. My British husband loved these. Added lamb to the mix, and omitted the msg (couldn't find). Delicious!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Cornish Finnish Michigan Pasties
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 882
** Calories from Fat: 451
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