This is a dish that Kris had been nervous about me attempting, it is a traditional meal that doesn’t need any messing around with. To anyone from the Upper Peninsula a Salmon and Poblano Pasty makes about as much sense as Fried Chicken Sushi, and I know that Kris has worried that I would try to put my own spin on the meal. Since I have never had a real traditional dish I had to be respectful and have been holding back on making them until I could get a chance to spend the afternoon with the Pasty Master… Kris’ mom. I have asked her for the recipe a couple of times but the answer has always been a bit blurry to me, usually consisting of “well you take the ingredients and put them in a pasty crust, the one in the Scandinavian Cook Book that I gave you only with a little more flour and less water, the ingredients go in layers so every bite has everything.” I didn’t really understand the process until this week when I had the time to actually make them, with appropriate guidance. We actually made 14 of these but the recipe below is for 7.
3 Cups Flour
¾ Cup Shortening
½ Cup Cold Water
1 tsp (more or less) Salt
Cut flour and shortening together until it resembles coarse meal then add the cold water and blend. If there are crumbly bits at the bottom of the bowl add some more water. Divide the dough into 6 or 7 balls and refrigerate until ready to use.
|Rutabaga diced up.|
|Adding the ingredients one layer at a time|
4-5 Potatoes peeled and cleaned diced (a little smaller than ¼ inch)
1 Rutabaga peeled and diced (same size as the potato)
1 ¼ pound of ground beef
1 large onion diced
Salt an pepper to taste
To make pasties roll out the dough on a floured surface into about 7 inch circles then start filling. Understand that all the amounts below are approximate add enough to fill the dough that you rolled out. To the top half of the circle start building layers put ¼ cup potatoes, ¼ cup rutabaga then break up your ground beef to cover, top that with onions, then add another layer of each. Top with salt, pepper and about 2 tsp of butter.
Wet the edges of the circle then close and seal, cut a few vents in the top and bake at 350 for about an hour. I have heard that some people serve them with gravy but I have always had them with the traditional ketchup and lots of it. These really are a whole mess of comfort food wrapped up in a flaky envelope. This is one of the times I am jealous of people that have recipes handed down over generations. I have never had that, most of my family has kind of made them up on the fly.
|OK I had to add it... a gratuitous vacation photo.|