Friday, August 28, 2009


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Just a quick note. My son Peter is now home and doing fine.

Pasties have been made in my family for generations. The one's we are making here we call " picnic pasties". They are small hand held pasties. That are usually eaten cold. The more traditional pasty has half inch cubes of beef and pork, and cubes of potatoes and is served hot as a full meal. My grandmother made the big pasties and they were out of this world. The recipe for picnic pasties comes from my mother and my Aunt Doris. But the crust recipe comes from my Aunt Bessie who made the very best crust. Please note that this is not intended to show you how to make pasties but simply to show us making them.

We started with some good rib eye
steak. Seen here.
Then ground it up in this.

You need a little onion shown here in the grinder.

And some potatoes seen before grinding

Mix it all up in a big bowl

Roll out the dough made the night before and refrigerated over night. For some reason that's important.

Cut into pasty shape. For picnic pasties Betty uses this bowl as a cutter. Some people use plates.

Add the Pasty filling ( the mixed ground steak, potatoes, onion, and a bit of carrot )

Turn the dough over the filling and crimp the edge.

Pasties ready to be cooked
And ready to eat.

They were well received


Blogger Trudy said...

Looks pretty easy (minus the bread dough for me) and they look delicious! I love pasties, my grandma and I used to take trips from Wisconsin to the UP and we would hit all the little shops and take pasties home to freeze too!

1:58 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

Okay... it's 5:00 in the morning and this makes me hungry already! When I saw that ribeye steak going into a blender I almost screamed! Heh!! But it looks like it came out great!

Say... I have a picture of a flying dragon on a post I did a few days ago! Stop and take a look!! I think it was made just for you!

3:07 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

I'm going to make chicken and rice pasties! Maybe then I would like them! LOL! Betty makes pasties the same way I make pie crust!

6:59 AM  
Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

What is the dough like? I think that the pasties here have a rich dough, not a bread dough that somebody mentioned. Not a yeast dough, right? I'm wondering if there might be a recipe in one of those church-type cookbooks. Now I'm really curious, so I'll have to look that up.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

Oh my that looks the best! I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing. We need a change in menu around here.

7:23 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

Hi Dr. John,
They look delicious. I wonder if you use pie crust dough or bread dough. I will go back and read your post again. I can't remember if you mentioned it.
Love Di

9:24 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Now I'm hungry. My mother used to make something similar but it was more of a "pot pie" type. I like yours.

11:10 AM  
Blogger tikno said...

As seen on your pictures, In Indonesia we called it "kue Pastel" (Pastel pastry)

11:37 AM  
Blogger Jientje said...

A recipe? And even a video how to do it? You never cease to amaze me Dr John!! I do know you guys love your food, I've seen the cinnamon rolls you made when Melli was there. This looks absolutely delicious, but would you mind sharing the recipe for the dough, or is it a family secret? LOL! You made me hungry, even though I just left the table!!

11:52 AM  
Blogger Baron's Life said...

Thanks God Junior is doing OK...If it's any comfort, My grand father had his gall bladder removed at the young age of 46 and went on to live to a ripe old age of 92

Thanks for the recipes...we make those too at home...Armenian recipe and more or less the same thing except we add a little cumin spice to the mixture...delicious...! Great tradition

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang if I could just cook. They look wonderful. I think these would be good to try for our football parties. :) Glad Peter is home and doing well. That's great news. Have a great Friday :)

12:46 PM  
Anonymous Quilly said...

Wait! Where's the recipe? You make me hungry for a pasty and then don't share the recipe!

I don't suppose you'd mail me a pasty? But we'd better wait until I move back to the mainland. The two or three extra days it takes to get a package to Hawaii could leave the pasty inedible!

3:01 PM  
Anonymous Quilly said...

Oh! And praise God for Peter's recovery. I offered thanksgivings.

3:02 PM  
Blogger carma said...

I'm one of those boring vegetarians, but I can still appreciate all the work that goes into these. Kinda remind me of pierogies; but with meat. I'm betting my husband and son, the carnivores, would enjoy them!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Susan DeAngelis said...

At first, I thought you were talking about a differnt pastie... lol.
These look incredible! Can I send you my mailing address?


6:00 PM  
Anonymous the amoeba said...

Now see, you made me do a websearch. 'cause I remember these things from time spent in Australasia, but I though a pie was meat, and a pasty was veggies, so the ground steak threw me.

So I learned that pasties arose in Cornwall, England, and were transported (the recipes, not the actual pasties) to southern Australia by Cornish miners. This recipe rings a bell ...

6:23 PM  
Blogger Melissa B. said...

Yummy...thanks for sharing! Are you British? I seem to recall trying these the last time I was Across the Pond...

7:55 PM  
Anonymous Marisa @ Getting Back To Basics said...

These look great...can't wait to try making them myself.

4:39 AM  

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