- I was having a dream about dumplings. Yes, I dream about food sometimes. No, they are not sexy dreams. I was dreaming about the giant meat dumplings at Tai Shan. They are the size of steamed buns but have a dumpling wrapper. Plus they helped me survive a long stretch of the late 90s. So I was dreaming about the dumplings and then I dreaming about Jamaican Beef patties. Then it was a short jump to pastys or pasties.
Huh. Things you never knew. The standard recipe goes like this:
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups ice water
1 teaspoon salt
5 1/2 cups thinly sliced potatoes
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup diced rutabagas
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground pork
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons monosodium glutamate
1 cube beef boullion
1/2 cup hot water
- Whisk together flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut shortening. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and quickly stir in ice cold water. Form dough into a ball. Set aside.
- Dissolve the boullion cube in the hot water. Combine uncooked vegetables, uncooked meats, salt, pepper, monosodium glutamate, and boullion.
- Roll out pastry dough into 6"x8" rectangles. Place about 1 1/2 cups of filling in the center of each rectangle. Bring 6" sides together and seal. Cut a slit in the top of each pasty. Place on a dull, not black, baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes.