Jamaican Patties

Patties are a very popular Jamaican lunch or snack. Patties are traditionally eaten alone or with a fresh baked coco bread. Jamaican patties consist of a flaky crust stuffed with a savory meat or vegetable filling and baked.
Beef patties are  the most  common Jamaican patty but, in recent years varieties like curried chicken, callaloo and ackee & saltfish,  among others, have started cropping up all over. Recipes for Beef, Vegetable and Ackee & Saltfish patties are below.

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The first rule to making great patties is a flaky crust. The type of fat you use will dtermine the texture and the quality of your patty crust.

  • For a soft  biscuitlike crust use salted butter.
  • For a flaky crust use lard or shortening.
  • If you are no certain what you like; experiment with different combinations until you find what you like. Using the fat/ flour ratio shown below will give you a good workable crust regardless of what combination you use.


CRUST

2 cup flour
1 ½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup margarine
¼ cup shortening
1/3 cup water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees In a large bowl, combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, and pinch of salt. Use fork to mix margarine and shortening until it blends with the flour. Add water and mix until dough forms. Form dough into a log and cut into 10 pieces. Roll each section into a circle about 6 inches.

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BEEF FILLING

1 small onion, chopped
3 stalks scallions, chopped
2 sprigs thyme, about 1 teaspoon dried leaves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2Tablespoon margarine
½ pound ground beef
½ cup bread crumbs
½ cup beef broth or water
Scotch bonnet pepper, optional

Melt margarine in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add onion, scallions and thyme. And cook for about 5 minutes. Add beef, salt and pepper. Stir constantly until beef is cook through, about 7 minutes. Add beef broth and bread crumbs. Simmer another 5 to 7 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and stir well. Cool for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

To make patties; Spoon equal portions of filling on each circle. Fold over and press edges together. Using the tines of a fork press edges together to seal. Arrange patties on non-stick baking sheet. Bake on middle rack of oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Vegetable PattiesVeggie patty III

You can use a wide variety of vegetables to make the filling for veggie patties.  However, there are some vegetables you should avoid using. Veggies like broccoli, squash, and cauliflower overcook easily and will not retain flavor or texture when leftover. 

VEGGIE FILLING

2 cups cabbage, shredded
1 medium carrot, sliced thin
1medium onion, sliced
1 small bell pepper sliced
1 tespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon oil or butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 sprig thyme, ½ teaspoon dried leaves
½ cup water
¼ cup Italian bread crumbs

In a medium to large skillet, heat  oil over medium heat. add salt, onions and carrots. stir with a large spoon. cover skillet and simmer about 3 minutes. remove lid and add cabbage and black pepper. Cover pan and let veggies simmer for 5 minutes. Remove lid. Stir in remaining ingredients, stir well. Simmer uncovered for about 3 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed.  Cool for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

To make patties; Spoon equal portions of filling on each circle. Fold over and press edges together. Using the tines of a fork press edges together to seal. Arrange patties on non-stick baking sheet. Bake on middle rack of oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Jamaica’s national dish and Jamaica’s favourite snack in one bite.
Ackee & Saltfish Patties Ackee and saltfish patty II

To make Ackee & Saltfish patties. 

Prepare your favourite Ackee & Saltfish recipe. Before you add the ackee to the pot; add ½ cup water and ¼ cup Italian bread crumbs to saltfish mixture.  Cool for at least 1 hours or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.

To make patties; Spoon equal portions of filling on each circle. Fold over and press edges together. Using the tines of a fork press edges together to seal. Arrange patties on non-stick baking sheet. Bake on middle rack of oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

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5 thoughts on “Jamaican Patties

  1. Do you have a recipe for Chicken Patties? Would you recommend the same prep for the beef, just using chicken instead? Thanx in advance….

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