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Favorite Cornish Pasties

Years ago, when bakeries in my Midwestern hometown made pasties, people scrambled to get there before they were all gone. Now I make my own...filled with meat, potatoes and vegetables, they make a complete meal and are great for picnics or potlucks. —Gayle Lewis Yucaipa, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 to 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 8 to 9 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten, optional


  • In a large bowl, combine the round steak, potatoes, carrots, onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Add butter and toss to coat; set aside.
  • For pastry, combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture forms pea-size crumbs. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Toss lightly with a fork until dough forms a ball. Do not overmix.
  • Divide dough into fourths. Roll out one portion into a 9-in. circle; transfer to a greased baking sheet. Mound about 1-1/4 cups of meat filling on half of circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over mixture and press edges with fork to seal. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling.
  • Cut slits in top of each pasty. Brush with beaten egg if desired. Bake at 375° for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 1129 calories, 64g fat (20g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1349mg sodium, 96g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 6g fiber), 38g protein.
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  • Dee
    Dec 3, 2017

    It was okay. Using top round instead of chuck made the meat tough to chew and using pie crust instead of a real short crust recipe, didn't help. I grew up on REAL Cornish Pastie (my grandmother was from Cornwall) and this didn't taste anything like her's. The good part was I could put it together quickly and it didn't make as much mess.

  • 2124arizona
    May 7, 2017

    One of the first out of TOH and still a favorite!

  • teddie28
    Feb 13, 2010

    Well I tell everyone this was excellent. This was a great meal. Easy to make when you use any pre-made dough. Thank-You for the recipe!

  • jhmasly
    Mar 26, 2009

    As a short cut for the pastry, I used Pillsbury's pie crust (found in dairy section)