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Jun 19, 2014 05:21 AM

Harrison MI (north of Clare): PASTIES!

We went camping last weekend in Wilson State Park, in the town (really IN the town) of Harrison. A lesser light of Michigan's campgrounds, but we came home with the best pasties I think I've ever had.

In the middle of town there is a Masonic lodge, with one of those portable marquee signs, advertising pasties Thursday-Saturday. So I went in to find a nice older lady at a card table selling pasties. Choice of chicken or beef, fresh or frozen, $5 each. Gravy (an envelope of mix) $1

We took the pasties home (camper sadly does not have an oven, LOL, but it does have a fridge that kept them nice and cold on the ride back) and baked them for lunch. Each pasty is about as big as your head, filled with perfectly diced carrot, rutabaga, and potato, along with ground beef. Pie crust was flaky and delicious.

So if your Pure Michigan summer travels take you to the area, I totally recommend a stop.

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  1. yeah...somebody get him a napkin

    1. Thanks for that tip! I'll definitely be trying those if I ever get up that way.

      Closer to home (in my case metro Detroit), have you ever tried the pasties from Thomas Cake Shop in the plaza with Thai Taste on Livernois & Long Lake in Troy? It seems an unlikely source, I realize, but I spotted a "pasties" sign in their window and was curious enough to inquire about them. Yes, the nice woman replied, they do include rutabaga. I bought one just to try, even though I already had Thai food for our dinner.

      It turned out to be the best pasty I, child of a Yooper, had ever eater.

      1. I haven't tried their pasties but have enjoyed several varieties of their cookies (while waiting for Thai Taste carryout!)...have to remember to bring cash as they don't take plastic.

        ETA: meant to be a repy to ak994...don't know WTH happened :)

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        1. re: coney with everything

          Yeah, I may not make it clear to Harrison real soon (WILL try a pastie if I do). But, I sure as heck will head to Thomas Cake Shop ASAP! We may have to start a separate thread.

          1. re: coney with everything

            BTW, I did finally go try Thomas Cake Shop's pastie per ak994. Good. They take an entire single layer, delicious homemade pie crust and fold it in half over the stuffing, like a calzone. Huge. This is no baseball sized thing. The filling seemed wholesome, which is a good thing, but it was a bit dry (perhaps to keep the crust nice?) and not seasoned enough for me. I'd call it bland, or call it a blank canvas for some aggressive gravy. I don't know whether gravy is available because my wife made the purchase. We will return, even if I have to make my own gravy at home. I should also comment that my preferences may be far from an authentic original style pastie (I wouldn't know, as I sadly have never visited the U.P), so take my feedback with a grain of salt.

            1. re: VTB

              "so take my feedback with a grain of salt"

              Which these could have used!

              ::ba-dum-bump:: ;)

              1. re: VTB

                My neighbor who grew up in the UP swears by Barb's Pasties in Clawson for authenticity.