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Pretty Awesome Pasties: Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties of Traverse City

Photo courtesy of Cousin Jenny's
Photo courtesy of Cousin Jenny’s

A previous installment of Pretty Awesome Pasties asked Awesome Mitten readers to suggest which Michigan pasty maker to rank, using our proprietary Key Pasty Indicator (KPI) system.

Awesome Mitten readers certainly know their pasties!  One of the most popular suggestions we received in the comments section was for Northern Michigan’s Lehto’s pasties – which garnered the highest KPI ranking in nearly a year of pasty report cards!   In fact, we noted in the Lehto’s pasty post that it is good the KPI rankings go to 11 – Lehto’s pasties are winners!

Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties

Today, we return to your suggestions from a few months ago, to sample the pasties from Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties,  another pasty proprietor suggested by readers.

Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties, located in Traverse City since 1979, stresses the Cornish origins of Michigan’s “pot pie without the pot” while also serving salads, soups, and other menu items.

Playing on the British theme in décor and branding, Cousin Jenny’s serves pasties for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They offer seven varieties include Steak, Veggie, Chicken, Italian (think of a Calzone stuffed with pizza sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and mozzarella), German, and French.  You can detect an “international” twist on the Michigan pasty, which is quite intriguing.

Note the overwhelmingly positive Yelp reviews received by Cousin Jenny’s Pasties.

Photo by Julie Rogier
Photo by Julie Rogier

Rating Cousin Jenny’s Pasties: The Key Pasty Indicators

As regular readers know, we rate Michigan-made pasties using a proprietary rating system developed just for the Awesome Mitten blog.

The following 5 Key Pasty Indicators (KPIs) are unique standards carefully developed as pasty measurement criteria. The KPI system goes from 1 to 11 just to keep things interesting.

We reviewed a chicken pasty.  And worth noting – Cousin Jenny’s sells their “Dynamite Sauce” as one of the suggested toppings.  Awesome Mitten readers have participated in the “Great Gravy” Debate as you might recall.  Cousin Jenny’s caters to those select few who top their pasties with hot sauce!

Key Pasty Indicators (KPIs)

  1. Crust to Filling Ratio – 8.0.  Cousin Jenny’s offered an adequate balance between the outer pastry crust and the chicken filling.

  1. Filling Consistency/Flavor – 7.5.  The chicken pasty filling was made up of recognizable white meat chicken pieces, peas, carrots, potatoes, corn and cheddar cheese, but not as flavorful as it could have been.

  1. Price Consideration – 9.   At $6.55, the 16 ounce chicken pasty was a satisfying dinner at a reasonable price.

  1. Flake-0-Meter – 8.  Compared to other pasties we’ve rated, the crust was not the most delectable, buttery and flaky crusts we’ve run across.

  1. Overall Savory Index – 8

Overall, Cousin Jenny’s pasties are enjoyable and worth trying. The UK-themed restaurant setting and patio is well worth the visit. Cousin Jenny’s pasties garner an aggregated KPI score of 8.1.

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Graphic courtesy Collin Barlage

Julie Rogier and Beth Baerman, Contributing Writers

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