|No, not these...|
|...much better. (via, Wikipedia)|
In fact, I'll go one step farther and make sure for the rest of this post to refer to them explicitly as Cornish pasties. Though ours had about as little to do with Cornwall as is possible for a Cornish pasty.
New Year's Eve was a night we were planning on spending (and in fact did spend) with our friends Tom and Kerri. Their little girl is probably E's best friend, and so we were looking forward to letting the kids spend some time together while the five adults hung out, played games, ate tasty food, and enjoyed a midnight toast. Since Tom and Kerri were hosting, the Husband and I volunteered to bring food.
As ever, we're a last-minute lot in this house, and so at 2 in the afternoon, we were putting together a shopping list and desperately casting our minds about for ideas. Ironically, the Pinterest board I've compiled for such occasions was proving more of a mental block than a springboard for great ideas. Then, somehow, the three of us managed to stumble upon the idea of making up cinnamon buns and mini Cornish pasties.
As the cinnamon buns would take care of themselves (and here, at least, Pinterest was useful with its cream cheese frosting recipe), we turned our attention to concocting 3 variations of Cornish pasty filling.
Cheesy Bacon & Chive
- Chop a handful of chive into small pieces. Set aside.
- Pan fry one package of bacon rashers. Chop into small pieces & set aside.
- In a pan, melt 4-6 tbls butter and add an equal amount of flour. Stir together to make a roux.
- Add 2/3-1 cup shredded cheddar and a few oz of milk. Stir over medium heat until cheese melts & everything combines nicely.
- Lower heat and add the chive & bacon.
- Put in puff pastry, bake and enjoy!
Cheese & Taco
- Go back in the blog to where I detail my recipe for taco seasoning.
- Mix up seasoning, add to beef browning in pan.
- Once beef has browned, add the fake cheese of your choice and melt together.
- Put in puff pastry, bake & enjoy!
BBQ Chicken & Potato
- Grate 3-4 medium sized potatoes like when preparing hash browns. (I use a box grater for this)
- Heat oil in a pan and fry the grated potatoes.
- Halfway through frying, add 1 packet precooked chicken and continue to fry.
- Add dry BBQ seasoning or Blackened Cajun seasoning to the chicken & potatoes. (Also, a pinch of salt, if you feel it necessary)
- When the desired level of crispness is reached, turn off heat and add a small amount (maybe 1-2 tbls) of BBQ sauce. Stir in.
- Put in puff pastry, bake, & enjoy!
If you're looking for something fun but easy as an option for hors d'oeuvres, a potluck, a munch-n-mingle, a Super Bowl party (or World Cup, or Six Nations...), or any other less-than-formal get together, I highly recommend these. They don't take much skill (or time), but the end result is fabulous. I promise, you don't have to admit to any of your guests how easy they were to make. That can be our secret.