Yooper Fantasy Stew is like a naked pasty, but spicy and healthy. (That’s PAA-sty, the Cornish handpies filled with stew, not PAY-sties, part of many strippers’ wardrobes.) My family always got pasties when we went to the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan. My Aunt Mattie was a Yooper who ran tourist cabins, was president of her local snowmobile club, and freely shared her homemade blackberry wine.
I love pasty crust, but it’s as much of a challenge to make as pie dough. It’s also made with lard or shortening, so it’s loaded with fat. My recipe ditches the crust and amps up the flavor and nutrition with mushrooms, kale, and spices, then tops the stew with bites of crispy Field Roast Italian veggie sausage. The result tastes like a fantasy version of my childhood summer vacations.
Yooper Fantasy Stew costs just $2.47 for a big, meal-in-a-bowl serving using mostly organic ingredients. Field Roast sausages are GMO-free and use some but not all organic ingredients.