Traditions are a big part of cooking for me, whether it’s making my aunt’s famous goulash, baking sugar cookies with my daughters every Christmas Eve, or continuing a style of cooking from my heritage.
My home state of Michigan has a rich history of industry, and the people who worked in those industries created a culture that is still alive today in certain ways. The coal miners of times gone by would eat pasties at lunchtime as a hearty meal to keep them warm in the bitter winters. In Michigan today, you can still grab a pasty at a roadside stand, where every hand-painted sign claims to serve the best pasty ever. Try out this delicious Beef Pasty recipe and taste a little part of the history!
What you’ll need…
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
1 russet potato, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 boxes ready-made pie crust
1 egg, beaten
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a medium-size bowl, mix ground beef, onion, potato, salt and pepper.
3. Cut pie crust rounds in half.
4. On one side of each half, place a small handful of mixture, and fold the other side of the dough over the meat, creating a triangle shape.
5. Gently press along the edges to seal the pasty, and brush with beaten egg. Place on cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then lower to 325 degrees and bake until crust is golden brown, an additional 45 minutes.