Yoopers Yoop For Pasty. You Will Too.
Pasty | [pass-tee] noun
- A meat pie with rutabaga, potato and Crisco (aka LARD).
- A meal initiated into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan by copper miners who took the hearty pies into the mines.
I’m a gluten-free wanna-be, lucky to stay off the stuff 80% of the time (50% during the holidays.) Sadly, like my fellow Angelenos, I have no idea why – thanks Jimmy Kimmel for busting us. Still, if it’s gluten-worthy, I’ll eat it. Pasty qualifies, especially in the winter when I crave comfort food.
True, I live in LA where it’s 70 and sunny year-round. But during the winter, I get depressed and cold. Maybe it’s because the days are shorter so I get less sun. Or maybe it’s the shivers I feel down my spine watching Ginger Zee on ABC News talk about the Arctic Blast every night. No matter. Minnesotans! Stop having a pity party over there. Angelenos need comfort food too.
Pasty has it all: meat, veggies, pie crust – even drama! Yoopers swear the pie is Finnish while the English claim it as theirs. A rivalry on par with UCLA, USC. If you’ve got an extra ten minutes and want to learn more than any sane person would ever want to know about the pie, check out the local ABC channel up yonder.
The Upper Peninsula in the winter is not on the top of my travel list so I considered making my own with the Cooking Channel’s or Food.com’s recipe. But who am I kidding. Cooking’s not my thing. Instead, I ordered from pasty.com (aka Pastry Central, FRESH FROM THE U.P.) because they sell over 50,000 pasties a year so they must be good!
The website made me feel like a Yooper. I listened to Marquette radio while checking out the up to the minute snow forecast (145” and snowing!) and drooling over the Polish sausage from Vollwerth’s. The best was receiving my shipment, frozen via FedEx, with pasties wrapped in the local Mining Gazette newspaper.
For an authentic Yooper meal, you gotta follow the directions. Heat and serve with ketchup. Have apple sauce on the side. Pasty and apple sauce. Peter Brady would say it’s swell.
If you order, don’t wait until the summer. They only ship in the fall, winter and spring. And make sure to add a Yooper bar to your order for dessert!