What is a Cornish Pasty?
The Cornish pasty is the national meal of Cornwall, England. It is the perfect example of English comfort food and is an important part of the country’s culinary heritage. Traditionally, this turnover-shaped, baked shortcrust, savory pasty has flaky pastry pockets and is usually filled with a mixture of diced beef, potato, swede, onion, seasoning, and vegetables. While the authentic version of this recipe is not vegan, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this famous delicacy. Anything can be veganized, and Cornish pasties are no exception. With a few tweaks to the recipe, you too can enjoy this pasty!
How to Make it Vegan
In order to make a plant-based version of the Cornish pasty, the first step is to eliminate the meat. As a substitute, you can either use soy meat, or diced mushrooms. Mushrooms are a popular option since they do a great job at creating a similar consistency as the meat. The only other part of the original recipe that needs to be altered is the shortcrust pastry, which traditionally contains butter. An easy alternative is dairy-free vegan butter, vegan shortening, or olive oil.
A Proper Vegan Cornish pasty
Source: A Vegan Visit/Youtube
A vegan visit on YouTube shows us how to make proper, vegan, Cornish pasties that have a flaky, buttery, rough puff pastry, filled with tender veggies enveloped in a rich, thick, flavorful sauce! To veganize this recipe, she uses chopped mushrooms in place of the meat for the pasty filling. The mushrooms will add a chewy, and hearty meat-like texture so that this vegan pasty tastes as close as possible to the real thing. She also shows a step-by-step of how to make your own vegan rough-puff pasty and dairy-free gravy for topping.
Vegan Cornish pasties are super filling, comforting, and have a plant-based ‘meaty’ texture that tastes so similar to the real thing. This recipe showcases just how easy it is to enjoy all of your favorite foods while being vegan. Give this recipe a try, we promise you won’t be disappointed!
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