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
  • 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
  • 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
  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.)*
  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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