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pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 09:55 AM

We have a bake-off tomorrow and I'd like to make my pasties stand out, even though it's probably one of the very few savory items already in a bake sale.

Here are some ideas I was flirting with:
-fried tofu subbing for the meat and potatoes
-cellophane noodles as carbs instead of potatoes
-ear or wood mushrooms
-add a bit of thai curry paste

Anything else you would add besides salt and pepper to make it really stand out?

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  1. PrinceZuko RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    ok...we need to give that food a name change. Lets just say when you google image its plural form, you're not going to see things you would normally see at a bake sale.

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      hotoynoodle RE: PrinceZuko Nov 13, 2013 01:42 PM

      lol. without "cornish" in the name, i had to google this too.

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        tastesgoodwhatisit RE: hotoynoodle Nov 13, 2013 11:38 PM

        I knew better than to try at work.

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          hotoynoodle RE: tastesgoodwhatisit Nov 14, 2013 07:24 AM

          yeah, you definitely get nsfw pix right away!

    2. tcamp RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 10:05 AM

      Maybe some turmeric in the dough to liven up the color? Seeds or fried shallots or something else on top?

      I like where you are going with the cellophane noodles and curry paste.

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        pho_nazi RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 10:13 AM

        tcamp, my mom always used cellophane noodle and veggies as stuffing for our non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It doesn't quite soak up the turkey juices, but it's pretty damn good.

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          jammy RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 10:20 AM

          Not if the crowd likes traditional. Especially not if the crowd is traditional Cornish. Just make them really, really well and they'll stand out for all the right reasons.

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            sandylc RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 01:32 PM

            I would do things like caramelize the onions, add mushrooms, thyme, and sherry, etc. Don't go WAY off the beaten path, instead enhance the classic.

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              Ttrockwood RE: sandylc Nov 13, 2013 07:27 PM

              Yes. Roasted mushrooms inside could add a ton of flavor without intimidating people

            2. boogiebaby RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 04:45 PM

              If this is for a bake sale, I'd stick to a more traditional Cornish pasties. Most people buying goods in a bake sale aren't going to want cellophane noodles or fried tofu in a pastie. I would go more savory, like the other poster said. Caramelized onions with gruyere cheese, maybe a riff on a samosa by adding some curry powder, etc. Nothing too out there.

              1. chowser RE: pho_nazi Nov 13, 2013 05:01 PM

                Check out this menu. I love the different flavors this pasty shop makes. But, to me, what really makes a good pasty stand out is the crust.

                http://www.purepasty.com/menu/

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