Under the Troll Bridge Pasties
This Michigan favorite, the pastie, has a flaky homemade crust stuffed with a simple filling of beef, potatoes, onions, carrots, and turnips. Serve these Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy. The perfect handheld meal!
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 pastie. 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 find 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 the pastie is 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’.
What beer pairs well with pasties with brown gravy?
The beer: Arcadia Ale’s Hopmouth.
For tonight’s Mitten Movie Night we are drinking this delicious double IPA. 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.
Are Double IPA’s hard to pair with food?
Many say that it’s nearly impossible to pair a Double IPA with any recipe because they are heavier and full-bodied and are hard to balance with the flavors in a lot of dishes. While these pasties aren’t bland, they do have a mild flavor so it can’t easily overpower the notes in the beer. The flaky, buttery crust also goes well with the caramel flavors in this beer.
If you love Double IPA’s check out my pairing with Hawaiian Pizza.
What show pairs well with Under the Troll Bridge pasties and craft 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.
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.
How to make Under the Troll Bridge Pasties with brown gravy:
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.
What else can you stuff savory pastry dough with?
- Pizza pockets: salami, pepperoni, cheese, and marinara sauce.
- Ham and cheese hand pies: Black forest ham and cheddar cheese.
- Mashed potatoes and chives: Use leftover mashed potatoes, triple cheddar cheese, and chives.
- Grilled cheese: Just add cheese and bake. Perfect for kids!
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 pastie, please know I had good intentions.
While the dough is chilling clean, peel and chops 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.
Roll and cut the dough out into large circles.
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 according to the package directions if you’re a troll like me.
Tips for Under the Troll Bridge Pasties:
- For cutting the circles, I used a cereal bowl and it worked out great to make 6 pasties.
- Make sure as noted above, let the vegetables and beef cool before stuffing the pasties. 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.
And here you are…..
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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