Friday, December 18, 2009
Devily Pies
Since Ziggy's Oma passed away I've been waxing nostalgic and also craving more family history.

My mom's family is from Cornwall. They were miners and settled in Northern CA to work the mines.

So to combine the homage to family history and the fact that many of my memories are linked to food, I decided to give Pasties (or "oggies" if your from the motherland) a try.

What are Pasties you ask?

Delicious bites of heaven, let me tell you.

First of all, they're not "pasty-s" those are for your girly parts; they're "past-ees" and they are pie crust wrapped around just about anything that isn't saucy, though I've heard jam ones used to be quite common long ago.

There's this passage from a book in the 19th century that mentions devil stories told by the natives of Cornwall:

The devil never came into Cornwall.

[...]he could not but observe that everything, vegetable or animal, was put by the Cornish people into a pie.

He saw, and heard of, fishy pie, star-gazy pie, conger pie, and indeed pies of all the fishes in the sea. Of Parsley pie and herby pie, of lamey pie, and piggy pie and pies without number. Therefore, fearing they might take a fancy to "devily pie" he took himself back again into Devonshire.

Traditionally they have suet in them, and since that's disgusting I opt for chicken, though Ziggy really wants a sausage version which I'll be attempting for Christmas.

So here's our recipe.

For the crust:
Take 3 cups of flour and about six cubed tablespoons of butter and mix then add 1 tablespoon of cold water at a time until the mix crumbles into pea sized bits. Stop mixing and knead with hand into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll out dough with floured pin until 1/4" thick

For filling:
Two chopped potatoes
Two chopped carrots
One chopped Turnip
One tsp. dried parsley
Half onion chopped (whatever is your favorite kind)
One pound chopped chicken

Place half a cup to one cup of filling on the dough and fold dough over crimp ends together, cut slit(s) in top of dough to vent, and then repeat.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes then add a bit of butter into the slit and continue to bake 30 minutes longer.

Voila! Delicious, personal pasties, ready for a good slathering of catsup!
posted by Lori @ 5:17 AM  

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