Since Michigan had its 180 th birthday last week, it seems like a fitting time to share my version of a Michigan pasty recipe. ), and the pasty became such a large part of the regional culture that there's an annual pasty festival in early July. Each batch will yield 12-13 pasty crusts. 1 Comment We LOVE the 50 nifty United States of this awesome country and believe each state is special. -Vivienne Abraham, Detroit, Michigan This recipe has been a long time coming. This is her recipe. Cut around a 9-inch pie tin for circles. Filling: 4 lbs. ground pasty meat mix of beef and pork (more beef PASTIES were a must years ago when men worked the mines in northern Michigan. Mining in Cornwall slowly started to decline in the mid to late 1800s. Editor's note: This recipe has been retested and adjusted to better match the filling and pastry amounts; the new yield (of slightly smaller pasties) is now 6. Cornish Pasty Co., Tempe, Ariz. The Finnish miners that followed adopted these meat pies as their own (easily transportable for long subterranean days! Use standard crust technique. The miner's initials were usually carved into one end, to vent steam as it baked and so there would be no question to whom the pasty belonged. I also stirred in a Basil & Thyme seasoning packet located in the Busch’s Market bulk foods aisle. When Cornish miners migrated to Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the 1800's, they brought with them their beloved national dish: the pasty. Other pasty options include a chicken-and-mushroom combo topped with tarragon sauce, as well as a seafood version brimming with a bounty of local crab and shrimp. Everyone used to say my mom made the best pasties in the world. Make this crust recipe twice, but do not double it. The pasty started in Cornwall, England, but its adopted home is in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The housewives made them in the morning and wrapped them tightly in newspaper so they would stay warm until lunch break. For this recipe, I added ¼ diced onion to 1/2 pound ground beef and 1 medium green tomato. I feel as a Michigan native and food blogger, it is my duty to share a recipe for Michigan pasties at some point.