Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Paean to a Pasty
Muldoon's Pasties (their Facebook page). It is a complete meal in a crust, perfect for lunch at a roadside picnic table as you travel the UP. Pasties for lunch and whitefish for supper and we are the happiest UP travelers!
Pasties, originally brought here by Cornish miners, are "the" food of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We have tried the pasties from one end of the UP to the other and Muldoon's stand up with the best. Originally we would always get pasties at Dobber's in Escanaba and then it became Gramma T's in Negaunee, but two summers ago when at the Porkies we discovered The Pasty Corner in Iron River. It is now our #1 for flaky crust and delicious filling, however it is the farthest away from us. Perhaps the bottom line here is that we never pass up a pasty shop; we have tasted pasties from Suzy's in St. Ignace, Lehtos, Wildwood, and the AuTrain Cafe along the way, and Toni's in Laurium on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Visit Pasty Central for more not only on pasties but on the UP in general.
Here are the traditional ingredients of a UP pasty: diced potatoes, rutabagas, carrots, onions & ground or diced beef. But these days you can also buy a vegetarian or chicken pasty. If you would like to learn more about the origin and history of this Cornish cuisine, visit Wikipedia's article, Pasty. I am now so hungry I must complete this blog and search for a proper substitute for a pasty. Wish me luck!
For less edible but still fascinating words beginning with P, visit ABC Wednesday.