In an effort to include a little more Michigan into the blog I decided to search out some authentic ‘Michigan’ loved food. I came across a great article from Only In Your State called 10 Iconic Foods Made in Michigan and #3 on this list was the pasty. So like when I wanted to make the Michigan Hot Dog (which isn’t even from Michigan!) I put in the work and set off to finding out how to make one.
When looking around to get a basic idea of how to make these I found the blog Foodie with Family and her recipe for Yooper Pasties. In the post she defined residents of the Lower Peninsula as ‘Trolls’. I also found out that while pasties are generally served plain or with ketchup ‘Trolls’ usually prefer them with gravy. So what better name to call these than ‘Under the Troll Bridge Pasties’.
For tonight’s Mitten Movie Night we are drinking Arcadia Ale’s Hopmouth. Arcadia is one of the first breweries we visited-seems like a long time ago but really less than 5 years ago. Since then so many great breweries, delicious meals and of course awesome beer. I really don’t have anything on deck to watch since we are in the middle of about 3 series: Sneaky Pete (Giovanni Ribisi is awesome in this), Santa Clarita Diet (who doesn’t love Drew Barrymore?) and Bates Motel (c-r-e-e-p-y) so we might just binge watch one of those to finish up the seasons we’re in the middle of. Now on to the food!
For this I used the same pastry dough that I made my Strawberry & Sesame Hand Pies with but doubled the recipe and substituted garlic powder for the sugar. It ended up being so flaky and buttery I almost had to pat myself on the back for this creation. Add all the ingredients into a mixer and let it come together in a ball. Place the ball onto some plastic wrap that has been lightly floured and put into the refrigerate for 1 hour.
There was not a one rutabaga to be found at my local grocery store so I substituted a turnip. Felt I was okay since the recipes that I looked at had meat, potatoes and root vegetables. Forgive me if I am playing fast and loose with the rule of the pasty, please know I had good intentions. While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chop all your veggies. Sautee them in 1 Tbs butter to soften them then put them into a bowl. Cook and drain the beef then add it to the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste then let the vegetables and beef cool. As I found out the hard way, if it’s too hot it will make the dough too sticky to work with once you start assembling the pasties.
Roll and cut the dough out into large circles. I used a cereal bowl and it worked out great to make 6 pasties. Add filling to one side then sprinkle with shredded cheese. After stuffing these full pinch the dough to crimp the edges so the filling doesn’t fall out. Beat an egg and brush over the top of pasty. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes. Prepare the gravy if your a troll like me and here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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