These are very old-fashioned pastry roll ups filled with a savory mix of meat, potatoes, turnips and onions. They 're baked, and served hot from the oven for supper or tucked into a picnic hamper and served at room temperature.
INGREDIENTS (for 6 servings):
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 1/2 cups lard
- 10 tablespoons ice water
- 2 pounds top round steak, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
- 5 red potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 3 turnips, peeled and cubed
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon salt
Place the flour, 2 teaspoons of salt, and the lard in a bowl. Quickly rub the lard into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles small peas. Pour in the ice water, and form into a ball. Add more water if it feels too dry. Divide the dough into 6 balls, and wrap in plastic. Chill one hour.
In a bowl, combine the meat, turnips, potatoes, onions, remaining 1 tablespoon salt, and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
Roll out one of the balls on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. Using a cake pan, trace a 9 inch circle in the dough; cut out the circle. Place about 1 1/2 cups of the meat mixture into the middle of the circle. Fold the edges of the circle up to meet along the top of the meat filling, and crimp the dough along the top to seal. Repeat until all dough is used up. With a spatula, transfer the pasties to an ungreased sheet.
Bake the pasties for 45 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot or at room temperature.