A few years ago, my husband and I bumped along the roads of Ireland with another couple. For one beautiful week, we toured castles, rambled rocky coasts, and relaxed over hardy, comforting food. One of my favorite meals while we were there was Cornish pasties, which actually hail from Cornwall.
For the uninitiated, traditional Cornish pasties are half-moon shaped flakey pastries stuffed with tender chunks of beef, potatoes, and onions — perfect fare for cold drizzly days of Ireland or Cornwall. When I migrated to a more vegetarian diet, I wanted to create a vegetarian version, and when the folks at Yummly reached out to me to do a guest post for them this month, I started to experiment. Our favorite version features slightly mashed celery root, potatoes and Leek Confit, with a sprinkling of pickled apples and shallot for a little acid bite.
Feel free to make your own pastry, but I took a slightly easier path with store-bought frozen puff pastry since our kitchen was in the midst of being packed up for the kitchen remodel that started yesterday. If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party this year, or just staying home to enjoy a pint of your favorite beer, these make the perfect appetizer. Or add a salad for a great lunch or dinner. Now, go check out the recipe on the Yummly blog!
At first glance, these Cornish pasties may appear to be complicated and involve a lot of ingredients. Most of the time is spent prepping the ingredients for the filling, it’s true. But the Leek Confit can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, and the Pickled Apples and Shallots can be made at least one week in advance. If you want to make the entire filling in advance, no worries. It will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Then just roll out the dough, fill the pasties and bake them off for a party or quick weeknight dinner. If you want to form and fill the pasties in advance, I recommend freezing them until you’re ready to bake them off to prevent the dough from becoming soggy.
The Vegetarian – Omnivore Table
The easiest meat to add to these little pastry packets is pork sausage. Just slice up and sauté in a little olive oil, and chop fairly finely. Divide the celery root filling between the vegetarian and omnivore and add the sausage to the omnivore’s portion. Fill the pastries and bake.