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Michigan Pasties

Michigan pasties are a whole meal folded into a pastry shell, which are commonly filled with beef and root vegetables then baked until tender.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Refrigerate1 hr
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 664kcal



  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¾ cup cold water
  • 1 egg beaten


  • ¾ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup diced rutabaga
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 cup chopped Yukon potatoes
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced sage
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt



  • Mix together flour and salt in a large bowl, then cut in butter with a pastry cutter until it is crumbled into small bits resembling breadcrumbs.
  • Add cold water while mixing until the dough forms into a ball. Briefly knead the dough then set in the refrigerator for one hour.


  • Prepare the filling by mixing the vegetables, herbs and seasonings in a bowl and crumbling the hamburger in a separate dish.
  • Remove dough from the fridge and cut into six equal pieces then roll flat into rounds ⅛" thick.
  • Build the pasties by adding equal amounts of the vegetable mixture to each one then top with crumbled ground beef and 1 teaspoon of butter.
  • Fold dough shut and crimp with a fork to seal.
  • Paint the exterior of the dough with beaten egg then sprinkle lightly with salt.


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Set on baking sheet and bake in oven for 1 hour.


If using a fatty ground beef such as 80/20, the butter can be omitted as there will be enough fat to provide moisture. However, I like using a leaner ground beef and adding butter for the fat because it has better flavor.


Calories: 664kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 1134mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1314IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 5mg