We could buy these at a local bakery where I was growing up. I loved them and would often detour by the bakery after school to get one.
Short Crust Pastry
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 6 tablespoons ice water (or more)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 ounces lean ground beef
- 6 ounces boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 4 -5 tablespoons beef gravy or 4 -5 tablespoons beef stock
- 1 teaspoon dried herbs (thyme, marjoram, sage)
- salt and pepper
- Combine ½ cup flour, shortening, 6 tbsp ice water and salt in large bowl and beat well with large whisk or wooden spoon.
- Using fingertips, blend in remaining flour until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- If too dry, add up to 2 tbsp more ice water, a few drops at a time.
- Gather dough into ball.
- Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- Combine beef, potatoes, onion and herbs and season generously with salt and pepper.
- Stir in enough beef gravy to bind mixture.
- Roll dough out on lightly floured surface to thickness of 1/8 of an inch.
- Using 5-6 inch in diameter, round cutter, cut 10 circles.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Lightly grease baking sheet.
- Mound meat mixture lightly in center of each circle; brush border with milk; fold dough in half over filling, pinching edges together to seal.
- Brush pastries with milk.
- Arrange on prepared sheet.
- Bake 10 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 340F and continue baking until pasties are light brown, about 45-50 minutes.
- Serve hot or at room temperature.
My husband is English and loves pasties, which are hard to come by in Oklahoma! I made this using premade pie crusts, and doubled the filling ingredients. I split four premade crusts in half and made eight pasties. They were terrific!
I thought these were really really tasty! I used a whole lb. of ground beef, 2 large red potatoes, a large yellow onion, double spices, a few dashes worchestershire and some garlic powder... and added carrot. We made them smaller than 6" diameter, prob more about 4", which worked great because we made them as a heavy appetizer for a party and the recipe made about 25. DO NOT forget the mango chutney and make some kind of beef gravy- really adds great flavor! The dough turned out great- used a tip from America's Test Kitchen and substituted half the water for vodka= perfect!
Using raw filling as opposed to pre-cooked really did make a difference; the pasties were much juicier than I've had. However, I found the filling itself fairly bland. I added some Worcestershire sauce beforehand, but no dice. I do plan on making this again to tweak the original recipe- for example, maybe with the addition of fresh herbs and garlic instead of dried, or perhaps even a crushed beef bouillon cube.