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Monday, April 7, 2014

Beef & Potato Patties: Northern Irish Pasties #Food of the World

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beef & potato patties: Northern Irish Pasties: simplelivingeating.com

Food of the World has brought me to a chip shop in Northern Ireland. Chip shops are like burger joints in the US. These are the places to get a quick cheap bite to eat. French fries are what folks in the UK call "Chips". In the US "chips" are potato chips, but in the UK potato chips are called "crisps"... and they say we speak the same language?

Anyway, everything you buy in a chip shop comes with a side of french fries... including Pasties which in Northern Ireland are a burger made usually from pork and potatoes, batter coated and deep fried. In the rest of the UK a Pastie is a pastry filled with meat, like an Empanada... OK,... do I have you really confused now?


beef & potato patties: Northern Irish Pasties: simplelivingeating.com

Well, my arteries started closing just reading the description of a Northern Irish Pastie... but they sure sounded tasty. So, I decided to make a healthier version and serve them with glazed carrots... because the Pastie already has potato in them... so why eat them with fried potatoes? (I know: it tastes good.)

beef & potato patties: Northern Irish Pasties: simplelivingeating.com


Beef & Potato Patties: Northern Irish Pasties

By Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 1 hour (If you need to make and mash potatoes, half the time if you use leftover mashed potatoes) 

serves: 8 - 12

Ingredients: 

2.5 pounds of ground meat (I used pork) beef, lamb a combination are all OK. 
2.5 pounds of mashed potato (about 4 large Russet Potatoes)
1/2 cup of minced onion
1/4 cup of minced fresh flat parsley
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
1 tablespoon of salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon of coriander
1 teaspoon of cumin
1/8 teaspoon (a dash) of nutmeg
1 cup approximately of plain breadcrumbs
2 - 3 eggs for beaten 
butter and vegetable oil for frying

Directions:

1) Peel and cut into 4's potatoes. Cover in cold water in a large sauce pan. Pour about tablespoon of salt in the water. Boil for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes can easily be penetrated with a fork. Mash potatoes and set aside.

2) Whisk: Worcestershire sauce, salt & pepper, coriander, cumin, and nutmeg together. Set aside.

3) Break up ground meat in a large bowl. Cover with sauce mixture.

4) Add potatoes, onions, and parsley to ground meat. Combined well. 

5) On medium high heat warm a cast iron skillet with about 2 tablespoons of butter and vegetable oil. Make sure it is good and hot before you fry the patties. 

6) Put 2 beaten eggs in a large dish. Sprinkle some bread crumbs in another large dish. 

7) Make palm size patties of meat potato mixer. Coat the patties with egg and then bread crumbs before you put them in the skillet to fry. Cook for about 4 minutes per side or until the outside of the patties gets good and brown. 

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a little hot sauce. A side of vegetables would be nice! 

My Pasties were truly tasty... they reminded me of Indian potato bites I have eaten... I love how there are so many similarities in so many cuisines. That's what makes Food of the World so great. I hope you consider joining us and making a dish from the country we visit. Next month we will be going to Mexico. Come join us in this sunny warm country. 
 

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24 comments:

  1. Hi Diane,
    I love your Beef Potato Patties, they remind me of my Grandmothers Potato Patties with meat. I really like the seasons in the recipe, sure a recipe that I would like to try. I am having so much fun cooking with you on our Food of The World tour. Have a great week!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Me too Miz Helen,
      It has been so much fun to check on new cuisines.

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  2. Hello Diane! Your pasties sound delicious. I think we'd love them with ground lamb. I can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with. Cheers!

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    1. Ground lamb would be amazing I agree. Thanks for coming.

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    1. Thanks for the pin. Yes, they were a big hit with my family.

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  4. These patties sound delicious and I bet they are!

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  5. I couldn't bring myself to deep fry either, you are a good influence on me. ;) Those patties sound delicious Diane! It will be interesting to see if anyone actually makes Fish and Chips!

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    1. You definitely need a deep fryer for Fish and Chips. Did you go to England in the past? They used to serve all fried food in pubs in newspaper. And the ink would run!

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  6. Those do sound wonderful. I like the addition of carrots on the side too. It makes it more colorful.

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    1. Adelina your kids will love this...super kid friendly. Great to make if you have leftover mashed potatoes (we rarely do these days) then it's really fast to make.

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  7. What a fun dish - brings a whole new meaning to meat & potatoes! Food of the World is such a fun way to discover new foods!

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    1. It really has been eye opening for me. I have been making several recipes from the country we visit each month. Really has been great for getting variety in the dinner menu.

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  8. I remember when I lived in London you could by this small book titled "English for Americans" explaining all the differences between English and American English! It was such a funny read!! Crisps and chips and patties! The important thing is that they do look super delicious.

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    1. Thanks Maria,
      When my son was little we spent a lot of time in England and I bought him books about trucks. When we came back to the states I was all the trucks by the wrong names... even those are different in England.

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  9. These sound great, sure to be a hit at my house!

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  10. Beef & potatoes are two of our fav foods! Looks great :)
    Thanks for sharing @ "Share Your Stuff Tuesday", from Rachael @ http://www.parentingandhomeschoolinginfaith.com

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  11. Wow, yum. Going to try these with ground beef. They look awesome. Found them on the Let's Get Read linky party :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy them...we found them to be really tasty.

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  12. I'm with you. I don't know if I could deep fry these, but boy would that be good!
    I love food that has a crisp exterior and a soft or creamy interior. And, of course, potatoes are very high on my favorite foods list.
    Thank you for linking up this week, Diane!

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    1. The bread crumbs and pan frying made the outside crisp enough. Good to see you Michelle. Happy Easter.

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  13. I totally agree about the language thing, Diane, I find it especially interesting as I come from Canada originally and live in England, but spend about 2 months of the year (not all at once, a couple weeks at a time) in the US. And of course we travel in Europe too! It seems especially confusing when it comes to food, that is for sure! Your Beef and Potato patties look delicious - real comfort food!

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    1. Thanks April,
      Hope you had a lovely Easter.

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