On my rounds of East Sac last month, I stopped by the Pasty Shack before heading home. I got one of the Cornish and because it was Thursday's special, Mexican to-go. Both were $6.95 and hot out of the hot box. I reheated them at home later in the toaster oven.
The Cornish had cubes of beef, potatoes, and onions. It was awful. The pastry was raw along one edge. Unlike a classic Cornish pasty that uses raw cubes of steak that bake inside the pastry to stay juicy, this meat was obviously cooked ahead time, cut into cubes and then cooked again to a tough, tasteless and dried out state.
The Mexican fared a bit better as the filling of refritos, chile con carne, ground beef, jalapeños and cheese at least made it taste pretty good.
Even so, the problem with these pasties is that unlike the Cornish tradition, the pastry does not use butter so the crust has no flavor of its own and the texture was too stiff. The crimp was flimsy and the shape was closer to a rectangle than the traditional D.
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