Jamaican patties have been a staple among Jamaicans for many years. However, today, these patties can be bought in some of the largest international markets.
In Jamaica, the patty is often eaten at lunchtime as a full meal, especially when paired with a coco bread.
The patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric.
- 1lb flour
- 1 Tsp of curry powder (level of hotness as per choice)
- 1 Tsp of baking powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tsp of turmeric
- 1/2 cup ice cold water
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 scallions, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tsps thyme
- 1 scotch bonnet pepper (can be replaced by 1 tablespoon curry powder/ chili sauce)
- 2 garlic cloves
- Salt and black pepper, as per taste
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 cup water
Prepare the pastry
- Take a large mixing bowl and sieve the flour in it. Add the curry powder, baking powder, some salt and a pinch of turmeric and mix them well.
- Add butter and shortenings to form a mixture resembling breadcrumbs
- Pour in some water and knead dough out of it, slightly sticky is good enough.
- Roll the dough with both the hands, and wrap it using a cling film and leave it to refrigerate for an hour
Prepare the filling
- Heat some oil in a pan, and stir-fry the chopped onions and scallions in it.
- Before they start to turn brown in color, add grounded beef along with some thyme, bonnet peppers, and garlic. Sprinkle some salt and pepper along with paprika and some sugar.
- Sprinkle some nutmeg powder, and mix it well.
- Continue to fry till the mixture starts to turn dry.
- Mix in the breadcrumbs and some water (if required). Cook it while stirring until the mixture gets a thick and saucy consistency.
- Remove from flame, and keep it aside to let it cool.
Assembling the patties
- Sprinkle some flour on a rolling board and with the help of a rolling pin, roll the pastry dough (about 1/8th of an inch in thickness)
- Cut out uniform sized circles from the rolled dough.
- Take a spoonful of the filling and place it on a single side of the circle. Do not take too much of the filling as that might cause trouble while cooking the pastries.
- Wet your fingers with some water, and move them over the edges of each patty to moisten them a bit.
- Fold the pastry by rolling the empty side over the filled one, and shape it like a crescent. The pastry should be rolled in such a way that the edges are sealed the filling can’t come out.
- If needed, gently press the edges of the sealed patty with your fingers or a spoon.
Baking the patties
- Set the oven to preheat to 375 degrees.
- Place aluminum foil in a baking dish, and arrange the patties in it.
- Let them bake for 30-35 minutes till they turn golden brown.
Once done, serve hot.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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