The Cornish pasty was traditionally made to contain a savoury filling at one end and a sweet one at the other. Pasties were taken down the mines by Cornish tin miners for their lunch. Nowadays, pasties are popular all over the world and, whilst they tend to be savoury or sweet rather than a mix of the two, there are all kinds of options to choose from. Popular types of pasty include:
- Traditional pasties - these pasties will contain meat (usually beef) and vegetables (usually potato, onion and swede). They are usually seasoned with pepper.
- Other meat pasties - these pasties will use other meats apart from beef. So, they include chicken, turkey, ham, pork and lamb, for example.
- Vegetarian pasties - these pasties will obviously not contain meat or meat derivatives such as meat stock. They include fillings such as cheese (anything from a mild cheddar through to feta cheese and blue cheese), onion and other vegetables such as mushrooms, courgettes, spinach, sweetcorn and peppers. They may also contain a mince made from tofu or soya.
- Special mix pasties - nowadays pasties can come with some exotic mixes. So, you can, for example, buy beef and blue cheese, pork and apple and lamb and mint sauce/jelly pasties.
- Fish pasties - some pasty makers will also offer fish based options such as haddock, mackerel and tuna pasties.
- Foreign mix pasties - many people like to eat pasties with foreign types of fillings such as chicken tikka and balti, pizza and chilli options.
- Sweet pasties - there are also plenty of options when it comes to sweet pasties. These generally contain fruits including apples, soft fruits and dried fruits.