The Pasty Corner
"The Most Delicious Corner in Town"
825 W. Adams Street (US2)
Iron River, MI 49935
While the history of the pasty dates back to the 17th and 18th century, the legacy of Northern Michigan-style pasties leads directly to Cornwall, England.
In the face of economic downturns and the collapse of the tin mining industry in the 1800s, immigrants from Cornwall found refuge in the mining towns of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With plenty of jobs for those that had a strong work ethic, the new Americans brought their families and cherished pasty tradition to a brand new world. The pasty was a hearty, hand held complete meal for the miners and truly a slice of "home away from home' for many.
Long after many of the mines in the Upper Peninsula were closed down, the recipe of the pasty has been handed down from generation to generation. The traditional pasty still calls for a hand-crimped, folded over dough featuring a mixture of meat, potatoes, rutabaga and/or carrots, and seasoning wrapped in a crust and baked.