Years ago being a busy working mom with 3 growing boys, I needed to find a way to still have my families favorite , pasties, but not having a nack for crust making and not having a lot of time for peeling & chopping, I developed this much loved and often requested recipe for my own version of the Upper Michigans famous original pasty. You could certainly exchange any of the ready made ingredients I have for an equal amount of not already prepared (i.e.) the frozen hashbrowns can be replaced by peeling & chopping your own potatoes, etc. We find these pies to be just as good as any other pasty y
1Bring 4 ready made refrigerated pie crusts to room tempature . I usually just take them out while prepare the meat mixture and they are softened enough by then to unroll easily.
Mix all ingredients ( except the pie crusts) well in a large mixing bowl. It works best to use your hands to mix.
Add salt & pepper (to taste) ,a little at a time , as you mix. That allows the salt & pepper to get mixed in better.
Place a single crust into each of two deep dish pie plates, press in. Divide meat mixture between the two crusts and pat it down some to hold it together well, it should be well above the depth of the pie plate,be sure to keep it pretty even across so it will cook evenly.
Use the other two crusts as tops. Pinch edges together all the way around and cut off excess crust. Cut a few 1 inch slits in top of each pie. Brush edges of crust with a little milk to keep them softer.
Bake about 1 hour and 20 minutes at 350* uncovered. If using foil pie plates bake them on a baking sheet. Let the pies set for about 10 minutes before cutting.
2note* If you're unsure if the middle is done you can use a meat thermometer or simply poke the potatoes with a fork to test for doneness.
3THIS RECIPE CAN BE CUT IN HALF VERY EASILY TO JUST MAKE ONE PIE. I LIKE MAKING TWO , BAKING THEM BOTH AND THEN FREEZING ONE FOR ANOTHER DAY. ONE PIE WILL SERVE 4 TO 6 PEOPLE EASILY
4Traditionally in this neck of the woods people eat pastys with either ketchup or beef gravy, but they are also very very tasty on their own.