The history of Jamaican Beef Patties includes all the cuisines that came together to create the multi-cultural community that is Jamaica.  The flavors of the 17th century may be enjoyed in every bite. Combining the Cornish Pastie, African and Arabian spices and cooking techniques, as well as the Spanish Empanada, each patty is a taste of history.
Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Meat Patties
Recipe type: Pies
Cuisine: Jamaican
Serves: 30 portions
  • 2 Cups flour; all purpose
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric salt
  • 2/3 Cup shortening or butter; cold, diced
  • ice water or
  • 1 egg; lightly beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion; finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic; finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef; lean
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs, dry
  • 1/2 Cup chicken stock; or water
  • 2 green onions; finely chopped
  1. Heat oil in large heavy skillet. Add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring till onion wilts. Add ground meat. Cook, stirring until meat is browned and combined with onions. Sprinkle with curry, salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes. Stir in breadcrumbs and stock or water. Cook, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Mixture should be thick but not dry. Stir in green onions.
  2. Make pastry by combining flour with tumeric and salt. Cut in butter or shortening until in tiny bits. Add water; gather into a ball. Roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 4-inch circles. Gather remaining dough together and lightly cut out again.
  3. Place about 1 Tablespoon filling on each circle. Brush edges with lightly beaten egg, fold over and seal.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place patties on cookie sheets lined with aluminum foil. Brush lightly with remaining lightly beaten egg.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes till browned.
Jamaican Meat or Beef Patties are a form of pate, a ground meat encrusted in pastry. These can be made mild or very spicy with the addition of Scotch Bonnet peppers. When eating these out, it is best to ask how hot they are.

MAKES: Approx 30 Patties These can be made ahead and frozen.

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