Cornish Beef Pasties
Cornish Beef Pasties are a classic British savory pastry filled with a mixture of beef, potatoes, onions, and seasonings.
Here’s a recipe for making Cornish Beef Pasties: Ingredients: For the Pastry: 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, chilled and cubed 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup ice-cold water For the Filling: 1 pound (about 450g) beef sirloin or skirt steak, diced 2 large potatoes, peeled and diced 1 large onion, finely chopped 1 tablespoon vegetable oil Salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon dried thyme or rosemary (optional) 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash) Instructions: Prepare the Pastry: In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt.
Add the chilled, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Gradually add the ice-cold water, a little at a time, and mix until the dough comes together. Do not overmix. Shape the dough into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Prepare the Filling: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large pan, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the diced beef and cook until browned on all sides. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside. In the same pan, add a bit more oil if needed and sauté the chopped onions until they are translucent. Add the diced potatoes to the onions and cook for a few minutes until slightly softened. Return the cooked beef to the pan. Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and dried herbs if using. Stir well to combine. Remove from heat and let the filling cool. Assemble the Pasties: Roll out the chilled pastry on a floured surface to about 1/8-inch thickness. Using a round plate or cutter as a guide, cut out circles from the pastry (about 6-8 inches in diameter). Place a portion of the filling on one half of each pastry circle, leaving a border around the edges.
Fold the other half of the pastry over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Press the edges together to seal, crimping with a fork or your fingers. Bake the Pasties: Place the assembled pasties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the tops of the pasties with beaten egg to create a golden finish.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pasties are golden brown and cooked through. Serve: Allow the pasties to cool for a few minutes before serving. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. These Cornish Beef Pasties make for a delicious and portable meal. You can customize the filling with additional vegetables or herbs to suit your taste.