Take A Bite Into These Tasty Pasties

October 18th, 2021 by

Homemade Cornish pasties with beef, carrot, and potato

Now that the cooler weather of autumn is rolling in, it’s time to transition dinners from light and fresh to warm and comforting and these pasties will certainly do the trick!

Pasty vs. Hand Pie

To answer what you’re probably thinking, yes, a pasty is really just a hand pie by a different name. Pasty is the British term and derives from the Medieval French term paste meaning pie. Pasties and hand pies are made with short crust pastry dough (dough made with twice as much flour as fat by weight) and a dollop of filling in the middle; the dough is folded over the filling so that it can be eaten without utensils.

Traditional Cornish Pasty

If you’ve ever heard the term pasty before, it’s likely in the context of the Cornish Pasty, a savory hand pie that originated in Cornwall, England. Inside the buttery, flaky pastry you’ll find tender diced steak, potatoes, rutabaga, and onion seasoned with salt, pepper, and butter. Cornish Pasties make for a delightful stick-to-your-bones fall and winter dinner!

Potato, Cheese, and Onion Pasties

Imagine the most perfect bite of au gratin potatoes that you’ve ever had – all of the creamy, cheese, savory goodness. Now imagine that bite wrapped up in a tender, buttery shortcrust pastry. If that sounds like your version of heaven, you’ll absolutely love this recipe for potato, cheese, and onion pasties! This recipe isn’t just delicious, it’s genius – to avoid a texture clash between the crust and filling, the onion is grated (rather than sliced or diced) so that everything you bite through is melt-in-your-mouth soft!

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Butternut Squash and Feta Hand Pies

This butternut squash-based recipe offers a fresh twist on savory squash by using bright-and-briny feta cheese and red onion to balance the natural sweetness of the squash. If you want extra savory measures in your pies, you could add things like parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, crème fraiche, chopped bacon, garlic, crushed red pepper, smoked paprika, or chili powder to your pasty filling! Because the bitterness of the pastry will soften the overall flavor, you don’t have to worry about going overboard with savory spices or additions in these pies.

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