Manchester United F.C. ~ Robin Van Pastie

Introduction: I wrote this recipe about two days before Robin van Persie moved to Manchester Utd.image

Robin van Persie was born on the 6th August 1983, he is a Dutch kickballer who now plays as a striker for Manchester United for whom he has made 56 appearances and scoring 37 goals.

He has also made 277 appearances for for The Arsenal and scored 132 goals for them.  He was their top goal scorer in 2006/7, 2008/9, 2010/11 and 2011/12.

My friend says that a pastie made from robins would not taste very nice.

Preparation time: 20 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour

Home kit; baking tray

Away kit; 6 plates, knives and forks

Serves: 6


  • A 500g pack ready rolled short crust pastry
  • 300g (11 oz.) thinly sliced potatoes
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 225g (8 oz.) steak, cut in 1cm cubes
  • 1½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 generous pinch ground black pepper
  • 30g (1 oz) butter

Method: Preheat the oven to 190oC

First half

Divide pastry in three equal parts. Roll a third of the dough to make a 20x40cm rectangle. Cut to make two 20cm squares. Place on baking tray. Repeat with other two thirds of pastry, ending up with six pastry squares.

Arrange layer of potatoes on half of each pastry square, top with layer of onion and then with meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and dot with butter.

Moisten pastry edges with cold water and fold over to make triangles; press edges together to make tight seal. A tight seal retains steam and makes juicy pasties.

Second half

Bung ‘em in the oven for 1 hour or until meat is tender.

N.B. Ovens do come with timers so you can do the prep for your van Pasties stick them in the oven and set the timer to have them ready for when you get back from the game / pub.

Also, if you let the pasties to cool completely you can chuck them into freezer bags and keep them for up to 3 months for defrosting on match days.

Full time result

Serve straight from the oven on warmed plates with chips in winter or cold with salad in summer with HP sauce at all times.