For the Pastry:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1/2 cup cold water
For the Filling:
- 1 pound ground beef or a mixture of beef and pork
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 small potato, peeled and diced into small cubes
- 1 small rutabaga (swede), peeled and diced into small cubes
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: a pinch of dried thyme or rosemary
- Prepare the Pastry:
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
- Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Gradually add the cold water and mix until a dough forms. Be careful not to overwork the dough.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.
- Prepare the Filling:
- In a skillet, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until it’s browned and cooked through. Remove any excess fat.
- Add the chopped onion, diced potato, and rutabaga to the skillet. Cook for a few minutes until the vegetables start to soften.
- Season the mixture with salt, pepper, and optional herbs. Cook for a few more minutes until the vegetables are tender. Remove from heat and let it cool.
- Assemble the Pasties:
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C).
- On a floured surface, roll out the pastry dough to about 1/8 inch thickness.
- Cut out circles (usually 5-6 inches in diameter) from the dough, using a round cutter or a bowl as a guide.
- Place a spoonful of the cooled filling onto one half of each pastry circle, leaving some space around the edges.
- Fold the other half of the pastry circle over the filling to create a half-moon shape.
- Use a fork to crimp the edges of the pasty to seal it shut.
- Air Fry the Pasties:
- Place the assembled pasties in the preheated air fryer basket, leaving some space between them.
- Air fry for about 18-20 minutes, or until the pasties are golden brown and crispy.
- You may need to flip them halfway through the cooking time to ensure even browning.
- Let the pasties cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Enjoy your homemade air fryer Cornish pasties with some ketchup or your favorite dipping sauce.