Jamaican Beef Patties
(Jamaican spicy curried meat pies)
4 to 6 servings
- Flour -- 2 cups
- Turmeric -- 2 teaspoons
- Salt -- 1/2 teaspoon
- Lard or shortening, chilled -- 1/2 cup
- Cold water --1/2 to 2/3 cup
- Oil -- 2 or 3 tablespoons
- Scallions, finely chopped -- 4
- Scotch bonnet pepper, minced -- 1 to 3
- Curry powder -- 1 tablespoon
- Ground beef -- 1 pound
- Water or stock -- 1/3 cup
- Thyme -- 1 teaspoon
- Salt and pepper -- to taste
- Breadcrumbs -- 1/2 cup
- Egg, beaten with a little water -- 1
- Mix the flour, turmeric and salt together in a large bowl. Cut the lard or shortening into small pieces and add to the bowl. Work the fat into the flour with your fingers or a fork until it forms a crumbly mixture. Stir in just enough cold water to bring the ingredients together. Remove the dough to a lightly floured work surface and knead lightly until smooth. Wrap with plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high flame. Add the scallions, Scotch bonnet pepper and curry powder and saute until 2 or 3 minutes.
- Add the ground beef, stirring to break it up until it is fully cooked through. Stir in the water or stock, thyme, salt and pepper and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the breadcrumbs to thicken up the filling a bit. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Roll the chilled dough out 1/4 inch thick on a floured work surface and cut out 4 to 6-inch rounds. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of filling to one side of each round, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the edge. Fold the round over to cover the filling and seal the edges of the dough by crimping with the tines of a fork.
- Place the patties on a baking sheet and brush each with the egg-water glaze. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until cooked through and golden. Serve immediately.
Jamaican Beef Patty Variations
- Filling: Beef is the most common filling for Jamaican beef patties, but versions with chicken, seafood, vegetables and even soy (for Rastafarian Ital vegetarian dishes) are found.
- Coco Bread Sandwich: Beef patties are commonly eaten as a sandwich, stuffed into a soft, lightly sweet bread called coco bread.