I promised Hubby a special English treat, something I would make in the kitchen just for him. He loves his stomach as some say in Newfoundland about the good eaters. So he naturally perked up when I told him this. Here's a photo and I can't say that it is overly flattering to them; photographing food is a real art I've discovered.
They are Cornish pasties, or at least Jocelyn's version. I understand that it's a matter of pride in the various parts of England as to who has the best pasties and competition between towns can become fierce. They all claim to have a secret ingredient that makes theirs unique and therefore, better.
Search the internet and you will find endless recipes for fillings for these pastry pouches. I saw many claiming to be the original Cornish recipe and in the end I just made sort of my own but with the standard ingredients. I used my own (and Crisco's) recipe for the pastry and cut around a bowl to get as many large circles as I could; in this case, I made seven. Here's my recipe:
Cornish Pastie Filling
Chop the following into cubes:
2 large potatoes
1 large carrot
1/2 a turnip
I decided to put the carrot and turnip into a saucepan and give them a boil for about ten minutes before adding the potato. I didn't trust that the vegetables would cook fully inside the pastry so I wanted them slightly parboiled beforehand.
For the meat I used a steak that I cut into cubes as well. This was mixed with the drained vegetables and sprinkled with some salt and pepper. At this point the mixture seemed very dry to me so I added about a 1/4 cup of beef broth mixed with a little melted butter. This mixture was then divided among the 7 circles I had made from the pastry recipe. I found getting the filling to stay put in their circles was not easy. My problem though was that I was overfilling them.
Anyway, I managed to roll the edges of each pouch, pricked them with a fork and brushed them with a little beaten egg.
I baked them for 40 minutes at 375 degrees.
With his broccoli- spinach salad and especially the Guinness, Hubby thought it a great meal.