So, for the FB Potluck, I made the most Yooper food there is: Pasties.
(Pronounced PASS-teez, not PAYS-teez. For more info, please refer to this video at the 50 second mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwWYQ7wjwd8 )
What are pasties you ask? A meat and veggie filled hand pie, of course! The pasties were originally brought to the U.P. of Michigan by Cornish immigrants (later followed by Finnish immigrants) who worked in the iron mines. The pasties were an all-in-one meal that allowed the miners an easy grab-and-go lunch that was also packed with calories/nutrition.
My understanding of a traditional pasty is that it's a pie dough, encasing a beef, potato, and rutabaga filling. They are often served with a brown gravy on the side--but true Yoopers never eat their pasties with gravy! Just no!
The pasties I made today are a bit different, however. I made a crust with a mix of dark rye and whole wheat flour, and the filling contains venison, potatoes, carrots, and rutabaga. Quite easy to make, really, and pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!
Now that I've got my first course down, I'm off to finish the other 6. 😉