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.
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Cornwall's contribution to the world of meat pastries is a simple hand pie filled with meat and root vegetables. Although the Cornish Pasty Association has strict rules regarding what exactly can go in an official Cornish pasty (beef, turnip, potato and onion), on this side of the pond it's safe to add a few extra ingredients other than the essentials. Traditionally, this pie is meant to eat standing on a lunch break, but add a pot of tea or some strong ale and light green salad and these humble pasties can be the cornerstone of an excellent brunch.
Taking a cue from Cornish pasties (know in West Cornish dialect as tiddy oggy (!), these are little moon-shaped handheld pastries filled with savory ingredients. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall offers up three filling variations in River Cottage Every Day—leftover stew, lentil and squash, and chicken and leek.