A few years ago, my husband and I bumped along the roads of Ireland with another couple. For one beautiful week we toured castles, rambled rocky coasts, and relaxed over hardy, comforting food. One of my favorite meals while we were there was Cornish pasties, which actually hail from Cornwall.
For the uninitiated, traditional Cornish pasties are half-mooned shaped flakey pastries stuffed with tender chunks of beef, potatoes, and onions. Perfect fare for cold drizzly days of Ireland or Cornwall.
When I migrated to a more vegetarian diet, I wanted to create a vegetarian version, and I created this stuffed pastry filled with potatoes, celery root, and leeks. I added a little sprinkling of pickled apples and shallots for a little acid bite. Feel free to make your own pastry, but I took a slightly easier path with store-bought frozen puff pastry. If you’re throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party this year, or just staying home to enjoy a pint of your favorite beer, these make the perfect appetizer.