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Apr. 5, 2009 7:33 am 
Updated: Apr. 5, 2009 10:46 pm
One of my favorite things to make are Pasties. My original recipe is from my sister-in-law who learned to make them (from scratch) from her Mom. Her Dad was a miner in northern Michigan.
Originally these "Welsh Pasties" were prepared to feed the men lunch while in the mine and were placed in their pocket to keep hands warm til lunch. The preparer made pie crust by hand, peeled and chipped potatoes, onions, carrots and sometimes rutabega and layered each item on crust. This was a very time-consuming process taking hours to make.
My adaptation quickens the process by using dairy case pie crusts, diced onion potatoes, ground beef,  frozen peas and carrots and worcestshire sauce, salt and pepper.
First: mix together beef, potatoes, vegetables and worcestshire sauce and seasonings.
Second: roll out pie crusts and cut each in half.
Scoop filling in center 1/2 of crust, using about 1/2 to 3/4 cup. Fold remaining crust over top and pinch edges together. Pierce tops of pasty to allow steam to escape.
Bake on parchment paper lined pan (deep cookie sheet or jelly roll pan) for about 45 min to 1 hr. at 350 degree oven, center rack.
Remove pans from oven when pasties are nicely browned. Cover with tea towel and cool.
We serve ours warm with ketchup. (Our tradition is never butter or gravy on top.)
My menu: pasties, cole slaw, pickles and for dessert: chocolate cake.

Apr. 5, 2009 10:46 pm
Thanks for the recipe, NanaMary! :)
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About Me
Cooking and baking over 50 years. I love impromtu get-togethers with family and friends.
My favorite things to cook
Homemade bread, rolls, cakes, pies, desserts. Poached salmon, crab cakes, lasagna, spaghetti, casseroles, pot roast, turkey with all the trimmings.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Preparing salad, spaghetti, garlic bread for easy family mealtime. Now my grandchildren help as my sou-chefs with all preparations, from setting the table to peeling, slicing, dicing veggies and fruit salad. Roasting turkey, pork or beef for holiday meals with all the trimmings.
My cooking triumphs
Desserts for special occasions.
My cooking tragedies
For our first Thanksgiving in our first home, I baked pumpkin pies that looked really good. I gave one to our neighbor who had been very helpful. As my husband took his first bite of our pie, he grimaced and asked: "What did you do to this pie?" We discovered that I omitted the sugar called for. I immediately ran next door and stated: "Don't eat that, it's terrible". Our neighbors laughed and understood the follies of a young bride. Once when making lasagna without cooking noodles first, the whole thing overcooked and my grandkids still echo: "Don't burn the Lasagna".
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