{Haute Pie} Irish Pasties

With St. Patrick’s day right around the corner, I wanted to try my hand at some traditional Irish fare.  These hand pies are commonly eaten in Ireland and are called Irish Pasties (pronounced pass-tees, not pay-stees).  They consist of a tender pastry crust filled with potatoes and meat, usually beef.  I made mine with some left over pot roast, however you could always use a simple ground beef as well.

Irish Pasties

2 cups left over pot roast fully cooked  (cooked ground beef or beef roast can also be used)
2-3 russet or Idaho potatoes, peeled, quartered and sliced thin
2 pre-made pie crusts (usually come in a 2 pack)
olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Milk for brushing on the pastries

Roll out pie crust and cut each in half so you have 4 half circles (each half circle will be 1 pie).  Let them sit out while you prepare the meat and potatoes to allow them to reach room temperature.

Heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large saute pan.  Add potatoes and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally so they do not burn. Covering the pan may help speed up the cooking process.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Heat left over pot roast in the microwave until warm and mix with cooked potatoes.

Spoon mixture onto each of your 4 half circles, only covering one side.

Fold over crust to cover filling completely.  Then,  roll and pinch sides to seal in filling.  Make 4 slits on top of the pie for steam to escape.  Brush each finished pastry with milk and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400 for 18 -22 minutes or until crust is golden brown.  Serve warm with a side of ketchup.



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9 responses to “{Haute Pie} Irish Pasties

  1. traci

    I cannot wait to surprise my husband and aunt with these on St. Patty’s Day!!! I have been searching for an easy recipe!!!!

  2. I love this time of year and all the St. Paddy’s day treats! This will be the perfect (easy) app to make with our feast!

  3. angela

    I will be adding this to my list of items to make!
    Do you have an easy Irish Soda bread recipe too?

    • Anne

      I have actually never made Irish Soda bread, but it would be pretty delicious. Hmmm, maybe I will need to try that in the next couple weeks 😉

      • angela

        Anne, Yes, please do. Whenever I make it, it never turns out. So I have to buy it at the store. But, I would love a good and simple way to make Irish Soda Bread so that I could make it year round. Thanks so much and I just LOVE this blog!! Angela

  4. We always do corned beef on St. Patty’s, so I’m trying this before the holiday.

  5. Verna

    Just found this page and it’s going on my favorites list..
    I’ve made these for years. When my kids were growing up i would wrap them and put them in the freezer after they cooled off, then they were just had to warm them in the Micowave for snacks could take them in their lunches if they wanted too. I have also used bread dough for them.

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  7. M. Mangine

    I lived in Galway, Ireland for 2 1/2 years; there was no such ‘pasty’ there. Meat pies, mince pies, savory pies but never heard the term ‘pasty!’

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