What exactly is a Pasty?
A pasty ("pass-tee") is a traditional baked pastry that is much like a hand-held pot pie. It is made by placing the filling, typically meat and vegetables, on a circle of crust dough which is then folded in half, sealed and baked. Pasties are said to have originated from Cornwall, UK before being brought to Michigan's U.P. where copper miners enjoyed them when the whistle blew as a portable, hearty & easy to eat meal that could be heated on a shovel over a flame.
Public Service Announcement: Correct pronunciation of "pasty" is important. If you accidently say "paste-e" - Well, those are something entirely different...which are usually sold in pairs....and typically worn by adult entertainers...
SO, if you are still unsure about the pronunciation - we recommend phoning a friend or Googling with caution :)
Are your pasties "real" traditional Yooper pasties?
We get asked regularly if our homemade pasties are like those found across the bridge in the Upper Peninsula. The answer is yes and no. Our beef pasties are true U.P. pasties, as taught to us by local U.P. residents; however, what we have found is that a U.P. pasty is what each person believes it to be. Just as with any other cuisine, there are many variations across the region. There have been many debates on whether ground beef or cubed beef should be used and whether or not to include turnips or rutabaga. The only thing that seems unanimous is that a true U.P. pasty is served with ketchup; not gravy! At Pasty Haus, not only do we serve expected Yooper flavors such as beef or chicken, but we also use our Troll creativity in the kitchen to bring you a twist of pasty flavors. Next time you are in town, stop by and let us know how our pasties measure up!