Beef Pasties

Oh so good!! In case you haven’t heard of pasties (pronounced with a short “a” like cash). It is a pastry filled with savory ingredients. It is a popular Scandinavian dish.  My paternal grandparents are Swedish, so I grew up enjoying them. This recipe is my grandmother’s.  Pasties are involved to make and take time, but if you make a bunch in one sitting and freeze them it is so worth it. I will make about 16 at a time and cook a few for dinner, and freeze the rest for another time.  This is a very cheap dish to make not only because of the ingredients, but because of the volume it makes.

Beef Pasties

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 quart  raw carrots cut
  • 2 quarts diced, skinned potatoes (raw)
  • 2 lbs hamburger
  • 1 onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together


Pastry Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 c. shortening
  • 1/2 c. plus 2 T cold water


Instructions  for pastry:

  1. Combine flour and salt in a bowl
  2. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Sprinkle cold water 1 T. at a time evenly over the surface.
  4. Stir with fork until dry ingredients are moistened

Makes 8 pasties (will need to double recipe for the amount of filling above)


Instructions for making the pasties:

  1. Roll out a portion of pastry dough until about 1/8 inch thick circle
  2. Place filling into center of pastry dough
  3. Fold over to resemble a turnover
  4. Roll pastry top and bottom edges together to seal.
  5. Place in pan in preheated 350 degree oven
  6. Bake for 1 hour, until pastry is golden.
  7. Serve with brown gravy
  8. If freezing, wrap unbaked in aluminum foil and place in sealed container into freezer.


Helpful Hints:

  1. To cook frozen pasties, set out for 1 hour to defrost, then bake for one hour at 350 degrees
  2. Make them rather large to place more filling in them, so there is more filling then crust.






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