Herbed Cornish Pasties

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/4 hours + chilling Bake: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Oct. 13, 2022
These hand-held golden packets are packed with the irresistible combination of beef and potatoes.—Maribeth Edwards, Follansbee, West Virginia


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 pound boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, basil and thyme; cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing lightly with a fork until mixture forms a ball. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, brown beef in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon; set aside. Add remaining oil to skillet; gradually stir in flour until smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Gradually add water; whisk until smooth.
  3. Return beef to skillet. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add the potatoes, carrot and onion. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat; cool.
  4. Divide pastry into four equal portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll out one portion into a 9-in. circle. Mound 3/4 cup filling on half of circle. Moisten edges with water; fold dough over filling and press edges with a fork to seal.
  5. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. Cut three slits in top of each; brush with egg.
  6. Bake at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 910 calories, 55g fat (19g saturated fat), 157mg cholesterol, 1368mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 32g protein.