These take me back to my childhood, mum often used to make pasties for Saturday lunch. With 5 kids hungry from sport commitments, not to mention the countless number of friends that came over on the weekends, these must have been a saviour for mum. They take no time at all to make and a great way to feed the hungry hordes. Writing this, on a lazy rainy day I feel like one now. Lucky for me last time I made a batch, I froze some (they freeze beautifully by the way).
150g minced beef
4 desiree potatoes, peeled and chopped into small dice
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped into small dice
1 carrot, peeled and chopped into small dice
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
Sea salt & pepper
4 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry (or if you have time make your own)
1 egg, beaten for basting
Pre heat the oven to 200C and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
Mix the meat together with all the vegetables in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper.
To make the stegosaurus shape (as my daughter refers to them) cut the pastry sheets in half vertically, place a good amount of filling along the middle and lightly baste the sides of pastry with egg. Bring the pastry to the centre and crimp together with your fingers. Baste the outside with more egg. Repeat.
If you can’t be bothered with this, place a good amount of filling in the centre of one of the pastry sheets and then simply fold in half, baste and seal the edges. Baste the outside with more egg. Repeat.
Place the pasties on the pre prepared tray and bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden.