English Pasties

Raven Higheagle


This recipe originated in Cornwall England. It was originally made for the coal miners and wrapped in butcher paper. The hard pastry shell would keep the juicy contents fresh until the miners were ready to eat. I serve them with relishes and Coca Cola. If you want to make these more quickly, you can use refrigerated pie crusts instead of the pastry recipe."


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serves 8
30 Min
1 Hr


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3 c
all-purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp
1 c
lard or shortening
1/2 c
cold water


1 1/2 lb
boneless beef sirloin, cubed
2 medium
onions, sliced
4 medium
potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tsp
dried parsley
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 c
water, or as needed

How to Make English Pasties


  • 1For the Pastry:

    In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 2Cut in butter with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  • 3Stir in cold water with a fork until the mixture is able to come together in a ball.
  • 4Knead a couple of times then divide pastry into 8 pieces refrigerate until firm. Pastry may be refrigerated for later use at this time.
  • 5Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.
  • 6On a lightly floured surface, roll out each half of the pastry into a 6-inch circle.
  • 7Place some of the potato slices in a line down the center of each circle, leaving at least 1 inch at each end uncovered.
  • 8Arrange onion slices over the potatoes, and season with salt, pepper and some of the dried parsley
  • 9Place some of the beef cubes over each onion layer, then season again with salt, pepper and dried parsley.
  • 10Fold the edges over the pastry over the filling, and tuck in the ends.
  • 11Transfer the pastries to a greased baking sheet, and cut a few slits in the top of each one for ventilation.
  • 12Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven.
  • 13Remove from the oven, and reduce heat to 350 degrees.
  • 14Spoon 1/4 teaspoon of water into each slit on the tops of the pasties. Return to the oven, and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve.

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About English Pasties

Course/Dish: Beef, Savory Pies
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: English

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