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Gluten Free Cornish Pasty #SundaySupper

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The theme for this week’s #SundaySupper is comfort foods.  All of the recipes that first came to mind I have shared previously except for pasties. I grew up in a small mining community in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. There were three major immigrant groups that established the community; English (Cornish), Italian (Sicilian), and Scandinavian. All three of which I claim heritage. Growing up pasties were as common on our table as a hamburger. It wasn’t until I had traveled away that I realized the pasty was a unique meal.

Early mining settlement – Upper Michigan

Mining was a major industry and that’s what lead to the abundance of immigrants who came to the area. They brought with them their cultural and culinary traditions. Pasties were a staple for Cornish miners. The dish is very simple and the story behind its importance in mining is as interesting as the dish itself. Essentially a pasty must have potatoes and onions, other fillings are added based on the person whose eating it and wrapped up in a flaky crust. Cornish wives would make pasties and stamp one end with the initial of the person whose lunch it would be. Entire Cornish families worked in the mines so it was important to know whose was whose.  The pasty itself keeps warm for long periods of time but in case it did cool down miners would toss it on the end of a shovel and heat it up over a head-lamp candle.  A pasty was always eaten upright without a fork.  Superstitious miners claim that the stamped corner of the pasty should be left behind for the “gremlins” in the mine. This is the same end that miners held onto while eating, and as mines often had high levels of arsenic there may be something more to this superstition.

Gluten Free Cornish Pasty

I’ve never had to make pasties because they’ve been readily available.  The recipes are decades old and frankly why mess with something that tried and true? MarocBaba had come to really like pasties before his celiac diagnosis and was really sad that he wouldn’t be able to eat them anymore. So when I had to decide what comfort food I would make I took on a gluten-free pasty. I found my aunt’s recipe but couldn’t use the directions as they were – lots of lard and beef fat. I made a few changes for this dish but keep in mind this is a basic recipe. Flank steak and rutabaga are another variation.

Gluten Free Cornish Pasty

Ingredients

    For The Pastry
  • 2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 8-10 Tablespoons cold water
  • 1 c water
  • 1 c butter
  • For the Filling
  • 4-5 potatoes in 1/2" cubes
  • 3/4 - 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • small handful chopped parsley
  • 1/4 stick butter grated
  • 1 egg to brush tops

Instructions

    Pasty Pastry
  • In a large bowl mix together the brown rice flour, corn starch, quinoa flour, zanthan gum, and salt. Cut the butter into pieces and use your hands to mix the butter into the dough. Continue mixing until the dough looks like small peas or a sand like texture.
  • In another bowl mix the apple cider vinegar, eggs, and cold water.
  • Slowly combine the liquid with the flour, kneading to incorporate all of the water.
  • Once all the liquid has been added knead for 1-2 minutes to ensure everything is combined well. The dough should be slightly sticky but not too wet.
  • Cover the dough and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • To make the filling
  • Cube the potatoes into 1/2" pieces and chop the onion finely. Stir together in a bowl.
  • In a skillet brown the ground turkey. When it is cooked halfway add the beef broth and continue cooking until the broth has been completely absorbed.
  • Mix the meat with the potatoes and onion, seasoning with salt, pepper and parsley.
  • To Assemble
  • Preheat oven to 425F
  • Divide the dough into equal pieces. Using this recipe I made 10 medium sized pasties. Traditionally they are much larger.
  • Grate the 1/4 stick of butter into the bowl with the filling and mix using a spoon.
  • Dust a work surface with brown rice flour and carefully begin rolling out the dough into a circle. You will need to use flour liberally so that it doesn't stick.
  • On one half of the dough add the filling leaving room around the edges to close the dough.
  • Fold over the other half to make a half moon.
  • Crimp the edges of the pasty by rolling over the dough with your hands to create what looks like a braid.
  • Place completed pasties on a baking sheet.
  • Once full slide the baking sheet into a preheated oven.
  • If making medium pasties bake at 425F for 15 minutes then reduce the heat to 350F until the crust is brown (25-35 minutes). If your pasties are larger increase the time to 20 minutes at 425 and 40 minutes at 350F.
  • Note: Pasties often come "pre-baked". To do this bake the pasties at the 425F temperature and remove from the oven. Allow to cool then place into a freezer. Once they have frozen, wrap in plastic wrap and aluminum foil. To reheat place in a 350F oven for 45minutes - 1 hour.
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I’m so happy to share this favorite food of mine with you.  I’m even more happy to share the other Sunday Supper’s in this theme.  Be sure to visit the contributors for more great recipes.

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Comments

  1. Sarah

    I am from da Bark River area and am missing pasties so much since going gluten free. Thank you doing the work to find a recipe for me! Ii live in Illinois now and it is -10 so I will be making pasties tonight!

    1. Author
      Amanda Mouttaki

      So glad you found these and I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!!!

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  8. Alexandra

    My roommate and I will be trying these this evening! What town are you from the UP? We currently go to Michigan Tech!

    1. Author
      marocmama

      Awesome!! I hope you love them! Make sure to chill the dough – it’s super important. I’m from Iron Mountain ;)

      1. Alexandra

        Haha odd, she is from Vulcan, so close to there. Well thank you and I hope you get a chance to visit again!

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  12. Liz

    How wonderful that you were able to make a gluten free version! Who wouldn’t love pastry filled with delicious meat?

  13. sunithi

    Love that you made your own GF flour instead of using RTU GF flour ! Looks and seems yummy !! Would like to link this to my GF page if it’s Ok with you. Just a pic via inlinkz which will connect directly to your blog !

  14. Anne @ Webicurean

    These look delicious! I have a cousin with Celiac disease, and I’m always looking for new recipe sources for her–but I’ll probably try these myself too–because of her, I’ve learned that rice flour is incredibly good!

    1. Author
      marocmama

      Really my kids couldn’t tell the difference between these and the flour version, and they usually can detect it right away.

  15. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    I absolutely love this post! So wonderful hearing about what this dish means to you. . and your family history. . LOVE this! And these look delicious. . I would definitely also eat these without a fork! :)

  16. Debbie

    I was raised on pasties but alas am now gluten intolerant and haven’t had much luck with pie crust. Looks like you didn’t include the amount of butter for the crust in your recipe. Could you share how much to use? Thanks for this recipe!

    1. Author
      marocmama

      Ahh it cut off! I’ll update it but for now I used 1 cup of butter.

  17. Kim Bee

    Cool photo of the mining operation in Michigan. I live about 30 minutes from the border so it caught my eye right away.

    Love this dish. I really love that it’s GF. How cool you can still have such amazing food on a GF diet. This is gorgeous.

  18. Katie

    I love the story behind the pasty – so glad you shared it! I used to live in Michigan, but I’m not sure that I ever experienced a pasty myself…they sound pretty tasty though! Love that your version is gluten free…

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  39. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    I´ve always liked the title Cornish Pasties, they have such a traditional feeling to them! How great to have a gf dough recipe. The potato and turkey filling sounds delicious!

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