These pasties are made with lard, as it makes a rich flavoured shell. You will need 12 small pie dishes for these pasties or you'll have to make them in batches.
I am sorry, this is not a Cornish Pasty – it should be titled a ‘Meat Pasty’. It may be delicious (it certainly looks delicious) but a Cornish Pasty uses Beef Skirt and no other meat – certainly not pork! The vegetables should be JUST potato, swede (possibly a carrot if you can't find swede), onion (large white) and nothing else! No pre-cooking or frying, vegetables are thinly sliced, mixed with the raw beef skirt, popped onto the pastry disc with a nob of Clotted cream, crimped and baked. The Cornish get very protective about their pasties, The Cornish Pasty has even been given Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status. www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk - 29 Aug 2011 (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)
I only wanted to make 6 pasties, so I cut the flour, H20 & shortening in 1/2 (2 cups flour & 1 cup shortening); then to make it low fat, I used 1/2 cup nonfat sour cream & 1/2 cup crisco instead of 1 cup of lard. For more flavor, I added 2 cloves fresh,minced garlic to the dough. This dough is great, very easy to work with! I used potatoes, carrots & onions for the filling, sauteed in chicken broth & added dill & cumin to that. I used leftover beef made in a crockpot & used juice from that to make a gravy for over the top....delicious! - 01 Jan 2005 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)
These are terrific. Even my 6 & 10 year old loved them - they each ate 2 and they're really large! I substituted some potato for half the rutabaga so they wouldn't taste it - but I did! - 26 Mar 2003 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)