Thursday, November 05, 2009

Upper Peninsula Upventure: Pasties

One of the tourist attractions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula are pasties. It has a flat "a," think opposite of future, with an "ies" added. And no, it has nothing to do with the pasties some women wear.

Cornish immigrants brought the pasty, which is best described as a giant dumpling, to the U.P. in the 18th century, tin miners in Cornwall ate them, and they became popular with Upper Peninsula copper and iron miners of all nationalities, particularly Finns.

The filling of a pasty varies, but meat, potatoes, and onions are common, and that's what was in the pasty I had. Like Polish pierogies, pasties are high in carbohydrates. Although not a popular for "carbo loading" for marathon runners as pasta, pierogies are sometimes gobbled by runners ahead of a big race. Perhaps pasties are in runners' future.

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