British Bites

Classic British dishes updated for the modern American cook.

British Bites: Beef and Stilton Pasty

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[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

Based on the large version of this classic pie, these savory pasties make a great light lunch, or even a hearty snack. The combination of beef and stilton is perfect for this time of year—salty and savory and great for colder weather. This recipe calls for just 1/4 cup of stout, which adds a light malty quality to the filling. But you can try another sort of beer, or even substitute stock if you'd rather drink your beer.

If you find yourself with any leftovers they freeze well and make a fantastic, quick brown bag lunch for the weekdays. A light green salad with a simple mustard vinaigrette is all you need to have a satisfying meal.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass. Find more information at sydneyoland.com (or read eatingnosetotail.com)

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