Rooted in old Cornish cuisine, Jamaican Patties are spicy, meat-filled pies rich in flavor and history. They harken back to pirate days long gone.
Jamaican Patties

Jamaican Patties
 
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Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Latin-American
Serves: 16 patties
Ingredients
Dough:
  • 2 Cups flour, all-purpose
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 Cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 Cup butter
  • 1/3 Cup water approximately, ice cold
Filling:
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 scallions, spring or green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1/2 Cup bread crumbs fresh
Instructions
DOUGH:
  1. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, curry powder, turmeric, and salt. Cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Drizzle in water, stirring with fork and adding up to 2 Tablespoons more water if necessary, to make a soft dough.
  2. Form into a ball and flatten to a disc. Wrap and chill for 1 hour.* (Can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 weeks.)*
FILLING:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, green onions, garlic and cayenne pepper for 3 minutes or until softened. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
  3. Over high heat, saute beef for 5 minutes or until no longer pink; drain off fat.
  4. Return onion mixture to pan along with curry powder, thyme, turmeric, salt and pepper; cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Pour in water; bring to a boil. Add crumbs; simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened but still juicy. Let cool. * (Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)*
  5. Divide dough into 16 pieces.
  6. On floured pastry cloth and using stockinette-covered rolling pin, roll out each piece into 5-inch circle.
  7. Brush edges of top half with water; place 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in the center. Fold in half covering the filling, then pressing edges together with fork to seal. The result should be a half-moon shape.
  8. Prick twice; place on ungreased baking sheet. *(Patties can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)*
  9. Bake in a 375 degrees F oven for about 20 minutes or until crisp and golden.

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