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Not Cornish Pasties

A mixture of stewed steak, potatoes and carrots in a steel mixing bowlMy previous posting was about making quick and easy shortcrust pastry. Now I’m going to use it to make some meat and potato pasties.

Traditional Cornish pasties are made with raw ingredients and usually with turnip or swede rather than carrot – that’s why these are called Not Cornish Pasties.

I’m cheating because I’m using cooked ingredients of what I already have. You can use pretty much anything you fancy, and simply wrap it in shortcrust pastry.

Ingredients

A circle being cut out of a sheet of pastry using a small salad bowl as a guide

  • Shortcrust pastry
    (You can find a quick and easy recipe for shortcrust pastry here)
  • some diced cooked stewing steak
  • Diced cooked potatoes
  • Sweated-off onion
    (See the glossary if you’re not sure how to ‘sweat off’ onions)
  • Diced cooked carrots
  • Salt and pepper
  • Egg or milk for glaze

Quantities? If you like it meaty, make the mix meaty… otherwise don’t. The idea of this one is to use up leftovers or whatever happens to be to hand at the time. I can’t imagine anyone going out specially to buy the ingredients for a simple meat and veg pasty. The pastry is easy to make so it’s a quick cheap meal.

Method

First make the pastry – it can be chilling in the fridge while you assemble the filling.

Assemble the filling and season with salt and pepper; you could add herbs such as parsley too, and maybe a splash of Worcestershire sauce. Make sure it’s tasty before going ahead to make the pasties. Also make sure it’s cold. Don’t put a hot filling onto your chilled pastry.

 
Pasty filling being spooned onto a circle of pastry and shapedRoll out your pastry and cut it into a circle. Place the filling on it.

 
The two edges of a pasty being brought together and crimped prior to bakingRub a little water round the edge – this helps to seal it. Fold up and press the edges together. Crimp the top. I don’t usually go in for crimping things but it definitely looks better for a pasty. Glaze with beaten egg (for a golden look) or egg and milk, or even just milk. I only used milk for mine.

 
A pasty prior to bakingCook in a medium hot oven until the pastry is cooked and the filling is hot, maybe about 30 minutes. (If you don’t have a temperature probe, you can use a skewer or something similar. Insert the skewer and feel how hot it is when you pull it out.)

 
A meat pasty on a plate with a bottle of HP brown sauce to one sideThese can be served hot or cold. I like them cold with HP sauce.

 

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