Shannon here: Ever heard of Pasty? I hadn’t. But it sounds yummy. Laura V. Hilton shares the recipe for Michigan Pasty, plus a chance to win a copy of her latest Amish Romance, Firestorm. Comment or answer the question at the end of the post to enter the drawing for winner’s choice of format. Deadline: July 28th, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Laura:
Michigan pasty recipe
4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 ¼ cups ice water
1 t salt
5 ½ cups sliced potatoes
2 carrots sliced
1 onion diced
½ cup diced rutabaga
2 lbs venison (can also use beef or pork stew meat or ground beef and pork)
1 T salt
1 t black pepper
1 cube beef bouillon
½ cup hot water
Whisk together flour and 1 t salt into large bowl, cut in shortning. Make a well in the center of he mixture, and quickly stir in ice cold water. Form dough into a ball. Set aside.
Dissolve the beef bouillon cube in hot water. Combine uncooked vegetables, uncooked meat, 1 T salt and pepper with the bouillon.
Roll out pasty dough into 6 x 8 inch rectangles. Place about 1 ½ cups of filling in the center of each rectangle. Bring 6 inch sides together, and seal. Cut a slit in the top of each pasty. Place on dull, not black, baking pans.
Bake at 425 degrees F for 45 minutes.
About Laura: Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas. Learn more and connect:
About the book – Firestorm:
Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.
Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.
As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.
Question for Readers: Do you eat wild game? If so, what is your favorite? If not, what is your favorite meat?
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