Michigan Pasties

For years I consumed pasties from the upper peninsula of Michigan and they are great for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack.  We always ate them with ketchup or with gravy.  These are easy to make and you can substitute anything you want.  The basic recipe is Vegan (minus the meat) and if you want them to be all vegan than just use more vegetables instead of meat.

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Michigan Pasties
Michigan Pasties with Vegan Gravy
Michigan Pasties
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 2-24 hours
Servings
adults
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Vegan Brown Gravy
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 2-24 hours
Servings
adults
Ingredients
Dough
Filling
Vegan Brown Gravy
Michigan Pasties
Instructions
Making Dough
  1. FLOUR NOTES: If using all-purpose flour to make your dough you will need six cups. If you plan to use cake flour (also called strong flour or type 00 flour) you need to adjust how much you add. To make ANY PERFECT dough do what the pro's do when baking, weigh your flour! Why, because a cup of all-purpose flour weighs about 4.5 oz while a cup of cake flour weights about 4 oz. Six cups of all purpose flour weighs 27 ounces. No matter what kind of flour you use or mix up just make sure the total weight of added flour is 27 ounces.
  2. Boil water in a large glass or plastic measuring bowl. Add softened shortening and let rest until shortening is melted. Stir in flour and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours.
Filling
  1. Cut up all vegetables into equal sizes, I like 1/8 or 1/4 inch (no larger) cubes and put in a large mixing bowl. Add seasonings, fold in meat. NOTE: for vegan pasties replace meat with a combination of more vegetables such as any squash, shredded cabbage, broccoli, halved brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sweet corn, kohlrabi, green beans, peas, peppers, ...)
Making Pasties
  1. The dough recipe is for 12 pasties. The easiest way to ensure you have equal sized pasties is to weigh your dough and divide by 12. Lets say your batch of dough weighs about 60 ounces. Dividing by 12 would mean each dough ball you roll out would be 5 ounces each.
  2. With a floured rolling pin and on a floured surface (any type of flour will work) roll out a dough ball into an 8 inch circle. Mound filling on half of each circle (1-1/2 - 2cups), dot with 1 teaspoon of shortening. With water, cream, or any liquid moisten edges, fold dough over filling and seal edges with a fork.
  3. Place pasties on parchment paper cookie sheet(s). If desired brush tops with beaten egg, cream, or vegetable shortening. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, about 1 hour. Let rest on cooling rack for 10-15 minutes while making the Brown Vegan Gravy.
Brown Vegan Gravy
  1. Place vegan shortening in large sauce pan over high heat. When melted and bubbly add onion and mushrooms, saute until onions are translucent.
  2. Slowly stir in flour forming a thick mixture.
  3. Turn burner to high. Stir in vegetable broth, worchestershire sauce, soy sauce, and poultry seasoning. Whisk until smooth and bubbling hot. Lower heat to low for 10+ minutes or until thickened. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
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