Deluxe upper michigan pasties

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Preparation Time:
10 Min
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2 c Flour
1/2 c Shortening
1/4 c Lard
1/4 c Scraped suet

1 1/4 lb Beef, coarsely ground
4 md Potatoes, diced
1 lg Onion, chopped
1/4 c Rutabaga (swede), diced
1 Carrot, diced
Salt and pepper

Put the flour in a bowl and cut in the shortening, lard and suet. Add
just enough water to make a soft dough. Divide the dough into four
parts and roll out each piece into a circle about the size of a
dinner plate.

Crumble the meat into a bowl and stir in the potatoes, onion,
rutabaga and carrot. Divide the mixture into four parts, putting
some on one side of each piece of dough. Sprinkle generously with
salt and pepper.

Fold the pastry over the filling to make half-moon shaped pies. Seal
the edges and cut a couple of small slits on the top. Bake on a
cookie sheet at 375 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes, then reduce heat
to 350 degrees F. and bake 15 more minutes.


* Cornish-style meat pies from the UP -- The pasty (PAH-stee) is a
kind of English meat pie. It was brought to the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan by Cornish miners in the mid-nineteenth century. The UP
version differs slightly from the original Cornish pasty in that it
has more vegetables and less meat and crust.

You can eat pasties hot, warm, or cold. If you wrap them in aluminum
foil when they come out of the oven, they'll keep warm for hours. Or,
you can refrigerate/freeze them and reheat them later. (Maybe the
original "fast food?")

* Most people who live in the UP don't bother to make their own
pasties; they buy them from bakeries and pasty shops (which are as
common as hamburger joints are in other parts of the country). As a
former resident, though, sometimes I get homesick and resort to
making them myself. This is the recipe my mother sent me.

* These have a high cholesterol content. I've tried using an
ordinary vegetable-shortening pie crust, but it invariably turns out
too dry and crumbly to hold together. (Authentic UP pasties have a
crust that's thin, moist, and somewhat chewy, not a flaky crust.) If
anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear about them. You can also cook
the filling by itself in a casserole dish if you're feeling lazy
about making the crust.

: Difficulty: moderate.
: Time: 30 minutes preparation, 1 hour cooking and cooling.
: Precision: measure the crust ingredients.

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