Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties! The real deal!

I first tasted a pastie in a little tiny shop in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England and I got hooked on them!  I cannot say enough about how delicious they are!

They are made with all different combinations of meats and vegetables. 

I wish you could get one in as many U.S. shops like you can in England!  It seemed like pasty shops were everywhere there to go in and grab one on the run!

It is a meat and gravy meal in your hand, also called hand pies. Or I say it’s like a pot pie you can hold in your hand!   

HISTORY: There is a great history of Cornish pasties that has been traced back to 1200. They originated in Cornwall, England as portable lunches for tin miners, fishermen and farmers to take to work. Housewives used to make one for each member of the household and mark their initials on one end of the pasty. 

They are worth the effort to make these, unless you can get to England and get the real deal!   


Cornish Pasties
Cornish Pasties, the real deal, just like the ones you can buy in England! These are worth the effort and SO delicious! A hand pie, a meal in your hand, or like a pot pie to eat in your hand!
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Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: English
Servings: 4
Calories: 639



  • cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¼ cup milk or water


  • ½ pound beef sirloin cubed
  • 2 potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots cubed
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons beef gravy
  • 4 teaspoons butter


  • 1 egg beaten for egg wash
  • 4 teaspoons water


  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Heavily grease or spray a baking sheet or use parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl mix the flour and salt together.
  • With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in the shortening to the flour mixture until it is the size of peas.
  • Mix in the milk to form a dough and shape it into a ball.
  • Cover the dough ball with an inverted bowl or plastic wrap and set it aside.
  • In a medium bowl mix the sirloin, potatoes, onion, carrots, salt, pepper, and gravy.
  • Divide the dough into quarters.
  • On a floured board, roll out each quarter of dough into an 8-inch circle.
  • Place the filling onto half of the circle, leaving three-quarters of an inch at the edge.
  • Add one teaspoon of butter cut into small pieces on top of the filling of each pasty.
  • Moisten the edge of the dough with water all around the circle.
  • Fold over the other half of the dough over the filling, pressing down to join the edges of the dough.
  • Turn the edges of dough in towards the filling, then press and crimp the edges.
  • Place the pasties onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Use a pastry brush and brush the egg wash on top of pasties.
  • Cut a slit on top.
  • Bake for 400° for 45 minutes.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of water into each slit.
  • Reduce oven to 350° and bake for 15 more minutes.
  • Serve hot.


VARIATIONS:  Use chicken or any meat you like!   Change the vegetables to what you like!
Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 868mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5308IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 4mg


  1. Anonymous May 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    My first time making these, what a great recipe! The dough was a snap to make and the pasties turned out delicious. My husband loved these and the only thing I added was some ketchup for dipping. I will definitely will make these again.

  2. ang1m April 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    LOL MIllie! I totally understand! 🙂 So glad you are excited about the pasties! I love them and wish we had them as readily available here as in England! They take some time but are worth it, plus they freeze well! Let me know if you try them! They bring back great memories for me of a wonderful country!

  3. Millie April 30, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you Angie….my Mom was born in England. She used to make this type of “turnover”. I often wished I had taken notice of how she made them. I can almost taste them! Being the 12th of 14 children, I didn’t get to squeeze in the tiny kitchen long enough to learn her secrets. My cooking skills were due to my Mother in laws goal to teach me how to make Italian food for her son! Guess she thought he would starve to death because he was marrying an “Amadigan” as she called me. I can laugh at it now but at the time I was not sure if that was good or bad!!! LOL

    Millie Andreozzi


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