GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Pasties are well known in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The hearty meal is somewhat of a tourist attraction.
Now, the tradition is making its way across Wisconsin, thanks to a Green Bay entrepreneur.
Eric Gullstrand says “Through the years I was making pasties at home and my friends would have them and they are like boy this is amazing. No one makes a pasty like this”. Except for Gullstrand’s grandma. She taught him to cook.
“Smelling that waft through the kitchen and cutting into that first pasty was just remarkable” he says.
Gullstrand turned his passion for pasties into as business. He loves telling customers the history of one of the world’s oldest foods.
“Very popular in the up and that is because of the Cornish settlement. The miners came from Cornwall, England” Gullstrand explains.
While Yoopers all have different ideas about the perfect pasty filling, Grammy’s strives to cover all taste buds.
“The traditional pasty has your certified ground Angus chuck, potato, fresh onion, then we add the rutabaga” he describes.
But Gullstrand did not stop there. “We also have my breakfast pasty which is my quiche recipe and my Grandma’s crust”.
Oozing with cheese, fresh veggies and locally produced meat it is a hearty way to start the day.
“The taste is everything. Once they taste it. A frozen pasty that tastes fresh. That is because we do not start with frozen ingredients” he explains.
There is also a chorizo pasty, an Italian variety and one that keeps it simple with Angus beef, potatoes and onions.
Decades of tradition packed into a pocket of dough.
Gullstrand explains where to find the product “Typically we are where the pot pies and dinners are located. Piggly Wiggly, we are in Pick ‘n Save, all of the Festival Foods, all of the Woodmans stores”.
This past season, Grammy’s made the leap into Lambeau Field. “We are in the south end zone. The supper club concession. They did very well this year selling the breakfast pasty as well as the traditional pasty” Gullstrand says. “My grammy would be very, very proud”.
Learn more about the company here: http://www.grammyspastys.com/