Pasties are a beef and pork pie with vegtables. They are as common in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan as Big Macs. When the copper mines were booming a century ago, people from all over Europe flocked to our area, and the pasties brought over by the Cornish, quickly caught on. These are time consuming to make, but the end results are worth it! Make a double batch and freeze half! By the way, the "a" is silent in pasty!