North Country Pasty


We recently visited Upper Michigan on a family vacation and enjoyed a Yooper pasty. First we stopped at a small restaurant that advertised pasty and fruit pie. They were both delicious! Later Teresa and one of the hotel staff struck up a conversation and she said she made the best pasty in the area. She went on to say that we could find the second-best pasty at small grocery store in the next small town. So we made a road trip and tried their pasty. They are wonderful as well! Later in the summer we were in northern Minnesota and tried a pasty in Menahga, a small Finnish community. They were also very tasty! So my mom and I decided to make Grandma Hilma’s No-fail Pie Crust with butter and make our version of Finnish pasty. The crust is flaky and the filling is very flavorful!  Try these with either ketchup and beef gravy. Our family is split on which topping we like best. Give this recipe a try and let us know how they turn out! Place your vote–either ketchup or gravy?



North Country Pasty
Serves 8

  1. Pre-made dough for four pie crusts or one recipe of Grandma Hilma’s No-fail Pie Crust
  2. 8-12 ounces extra lean ground beef or pre-cooked roast beef, shredded
  3. 2 medium carrots, shredded
  4. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  5. 2 cups ¼ inch diced potatoes (fresh or frozen)
  6. ½ cup rutabaga, shredded (optional)
  7. ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped or 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  8. 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  9. ½ teaspoon salt
  10. ½ teaspoon pepper
  11. ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  12. 1 whisked egg
  1. Prepare pastry if it’s from scratch.
  2. Make filling by combining beef, carrots, onion, rutabaga, parsley, garlic and seasonings until well mixed. You want to have at least 6 cups of this mixture. If you are short, just add a few more potatoes.
  3. Divide the mixture into 6 to 8 portions–¾ to1 cup each.
  4. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  5. Divide prepared pastry into 6 or 8 pieces. Roll each piece into a 8-9 inch circle.
  6. Put a portion of meat filling onto one half of the pastry circle. Fold the other ½ of pastry over the filling and crimp the edges with a fork to seal the pastry. It will be the shape of a half circle.
  7. Brush the pasty with the egg wash.
  8. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You can also spray the baking sheet with cooking spray.
  9. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. If they get brown too quickly, cover lightly with tinfoil to stop browning.
  10. Serve hot with with ketchup or beef gravy.
  1. Pasty can be baked and then frozen, which makes it perfect if you are cooking for only one or two people.To reheat, place in a 300ºF oven for 20 minutes or until warmed through.
  2. Since we are not miners taking these hand meat pies down for quick energy during their strenuous shift, I’d suggest serving these with something light like a vegetable salad.
  3. Nutrition Per Serving: 564 calories, 32 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 43 g carbohydrate, 4 g dietary fiber, 304 mg sodium, 472 mg potassium, 5219 IU vitamin A.
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3 Comments on North Country Pasty

  1. Leigha @ The Yooper Girl
    August 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm (3 years ago)

    You visited the UP? So cool, I live here!! (hence my blog name:) May I ask where you went? It’s just beautiful up here! I’ve had my fair share of pasties over time but I’m yet to make my own – it’s on my to do list! Just found your blog through Foodgawker – love it! 🙂

    • Joy
      August 27, 2014 at 4:55 pm (3 years ago)

      We had pasties at Muldoons in Munising MI. We also went to a small cafe/grocery store in Au Train, MI and enjoyed them. They were both delicious. Then we came back to Minnesota and enjoy the Finnish version at the Cottage House in Menahga MN.

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche
    August 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm (3 years ago)

    can’t remember the last time i had a pasty! thanks for reminding me how awesome they are, i definitely will be recreating the recipe.


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