Although quintessentially English, the name pasty derives from the Medieval French for pie. A pasty is essentially a pie for one that can be held in and eaten the hand. Of course, if you want to treat it like a pie and smother it in gravy, the I would recommend a plate. The most famous pasty is the Cornish pasty made with meat and potatoes, but another variety is cheese and onion. This is my version of a cheese and onion pasty with a couple of little twist.