Delight in Cornish Beef Pasties!

Embark on a culinary journey to the English countryside with these savory Cornish Beef Pasties. These golden parcels, filled with a flavorful combination of ground beef, potatoes, carrots, and aromatic herbs, promise to transport you to a world of warmth and tradition. Let’s dive into the delightful process of crafting these handheld delights!


For the Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 egg yolks, divided

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb ground beef (or 1 lb leftover roast, chopped)
  • 1 lb waxy potatoes (red or Yukon gold), diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


For the Dough:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
  2. Cut the chilled butter into small pieces and work it into the flour until it becomes a crumbly mixture.
  3. Mix the cold water with one of the egg yolks, then add it to the flour mixture. Mix until all the flour is incorporated.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a clean surface and knead until it comes together. Wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

For the Filling: 5. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, season the ground beef with salt and pepper and brown it. Remove it to a bowl and set it aside.

  1. In the same skillet, add potatoes, onion, and carrots. Cook until mostly soft, about 6-8 minutes. If needed, add a bit of olive oil or butter.
  2. Add garlic, rosemary, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook for another minute.
  3. Combine the vegetable mixture with the beef in the bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside to cool.


  1. Flour a clean surface and divide the dough into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a 3/8-inch thick circle.
  2. Wet the edges of the dough with water, then spoon the cooled beef mixture over slightly less than half of the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  3. Fold the dough over the filling and seal the edges by crimping or using a fork to press the dough layers together.
  4. Transfer the pasty to a prepared baking sheet and cut three small slits in the top for venting.
  5. Whisk together the remaining egg yolk with 2 tablespoons of water and brush it over the top of each pasty.
  6. Bake until they’re beautifully golden brown, which should take about 30-40 minutes.

Note: If you plan to freeze some pasties, skip the egg wash and bake for only 20 minutes. Later, brush the frozen pasty with egg wash and bake at 400°F for an additional 20 minutes.


Savor the authentic taste of British comfort food with your homemade Cornish Beef Pasties. These golden pockets of goodness, filled with a hearty and flavorful combination of ingredients, are a testament to the rich culinary tradition of the English countryside. Whether enjoyed fresh from the oven or saved for later, these pasties are a delightful addition to any mealtime.

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