A pastie // is a large to medium sized round battered pie common to Northern Ireland. Generally served with chips to form a "pastie supper" ("supper" in Northern Irish chip shops meaning something with chips), or in a bap as a "pastie bap", it is a common staple in most fish and chip shops in the country.
Recipes vary, but the most common ingredients are minced pork, onion, potato and seasoning formed into a 'round' (just like a burger) which is then covered in a batter mix and deep fried. Traditionally, chip shops coloured the pastie's filling with a cochineal dye, giving it a bright pink colour, supposedly to make the snack more appetising. Many shops have now stopped using this method due to issues with cochineal (carmine).
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