Pasties... What are they & Where do you find them???
To answer the first question. Pasties consists of a crust filled with diced potatoes,
rutabagas, carrots, onions & ground beef seasoned to perfection. Now some people combine
ground pork, ground beef, and ground lean beef. Now a days they even have chicken, veggie,
and even a breakfast one.
The second question is a easy one. The only place I know you can get them is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Thats right, if you are craving one or just want to try one for the first time you will need to go to the U.P. Trust me when I say once you have tried one you will want more.
The Pasty was brought over from Cornwall, England in the earily 1850's when the copper and iron mines
were first opened. The miners loved them because they could stick them in their pocket and take them
into the mine with them so they had their lunch. So we give all the credit to the cornish miners from England who brought us this delicious meal.
Now there are several places in the U.P. who serve a wonderful pasty and one of my favorite places to get them is
Dobber's Pasties in Escanaba, Michigan. Dobber's was voted "Best Pasties in Michigan" by the Detroit news in 2004.
I always stop in and get at least 1 dozen if not 2
dozen to bring home with me. I believe you can never have enough of them stored up in your freezer.
A few years ago I went to San Diego for my sister's wedding and Mom informed me that since there will be so
many of us at her home we would each take turns cooking dinner for everybody. Well I purchased 3 dozen of the
frozen ones, stuffed them in my suitcase, flew to S.D. gave them to my family and said my dinner was
All I had to do was preheat the oven to 350 and pop them in for 30 mins. They were so excited they ate them the first
night I got there and Mom & Dad hid the leftover ones so they could have them all to themselves after we all left.
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Interesting Pasty history...
Lesley in Devon...
There's a wonderful pasty shop in Exeter called Tiggy Oggy's, which is a local name for pasties.
The original Cornish miners had meat and veg in one end and jam in the other end so that they had a dinner and pudding all in one. Their wives made a different pattern on each end so that they would know which bit to eat first.
LaBrena from Green Bay...
My favorite place to get pasties is Colonel K's in Menominee. I have tried several others, but I personally think Colonel K's has the best flavor. Not only that, but they are one of the few places that serve a vegetarian pasty every day (not just Fridays!) And it is WONDERFUL! The "Big Cheesy" is also a favorite of mine... Loaded with pizza-flavored goodness and spiced just right. Colonel K's also has an awesome variety of flavored custards you can take home, or custard sandwiched into a declicious cookie treat. It's easy to drop a lot of money at this place, so bring your credit card!!! :)
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