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Northern Ireland Pasties

What's the big idea?

OK, before anyone gets confused, these have nothing to do with Cornish pasties - completely different dish altogether. Pasties in Northern Ireland are basically more like a burger. If you order them in the chip shops or kebab vans or other takeaways, they're often coated in batter before being deep fried, but originally they weren't, so we've gone with the more "traditional" approach here. If you prefer the idea of the battered pasties, by all means feel free to adapt the recipe accordingly.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 450g minced (ground) pork or beef
  • 3 medium size potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Up to 120ml cold water
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

What To Do

  • Fry the onion for 5 minutes. Add the mince and fry until browned. Drain
  • Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender. Drain
  • Mash the potatoes
  • In a bowl mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, adding the water a little at a time until the right consistency is achieved
  • Form the mixture into burgers and fry* until browned on each side
*Deep frying reduces the chances of the pasties breaking up, but shallow frying is healthier. If you're going to coat the pasties in batter though, deep frying is the only option...

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