"Go on, have a pasty," said Harry (PS6)
A sort of pie with a crimped, thick short pastry crust, full of chopped and seasoned meat and potatoes. (Rhymes with nasty).
The idea originated in Cornwall (hence, Cornish Pasties), where wives of miners would fill the pastry case and make the crust into a handle that could be held in dirty hands, whilst eating. Often, one end of the pie would be filled with fruit, to serve as a dessert. The word 'pasty' is derived from paste/pasta = paste. Not to be confused with skimpy breast coverings!
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