Family Favorite Pasties (Meat Pies)

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These bundles of hot, satisfying yumminess are sold throughout northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan at restaurants and roadside stands. Although there is a great deal of heated family debate over whose are best, you won't be disappointed with these.

The older women (...and men) throughout the region make these by the hundreds at a time to sell for fundraisers, etc.

Give them a try and see why they have stood the test of time for many, many generations.

** If you don't have time to make your own pie crust, boxed pie crust found in the baking isle works fine, Betty Crocker or Krusteaz.

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use a prepared 2 crust pie crust or...


2 c
2/3 c
1/2 tsp
1/2 c
cold water


1 lb
coarsley ground beef or chopped steak
1/2 c
onion, chopped
1 1/2 c
1 1/2 c
diced potatoes
1 1/4 tsp
1/2 tsp
1/2 Tbsp
parsley, optional
butter to dot with

How to Make Family Favorite Pasties (Meat Pies)


  • 1Crust:

    Cut shortening into flour and salt. Add water just until you have a dough that is no longer sticky (like pie crust). Mix until well blended. Form into 4 balls. (You can chill dough at this point, but I usually don't.) Roll into four 8" circles. Cover with waxed paper until ready to use.
  • 2Meat Filling:

    Combine beef, onion, rutabaga, potatoes, salt, pepper and parsley in a large bowl.
  • 3Put approximately 1 cup of filling onto right side of dough, dot with butter and fold in half. Brush edges with milk, then crimp edges securely to hold filling while it bakes.
  • 4Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cut two or three 1/2" slices in the top to allow steam to escape. Brush with milk, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour or until golden. They will smell AMAZING while baking!
  • 5Traditionally served with ketchup, although I've also seen them served with gravy... which is another whole, big heated debate!

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