Cookies & Bars

Jamaican Beef Patties

This recipe is from my friend Nicola. She obtained the recipe from her mother's helper who made them for Nicola and her family in Jamaica. The recipe has been standardized from the original but confirmed by Nicola as tasting the same as they did when she ate them at home. - Will



Pattie Dough

Dough Directions

Sift flour, salt and sugar together. In a separate bowl, combine butter and shortening. Cut half of the shortening into the flour mixture until it has the grain of cornmeal. Cut the remaining half in until it is pea-sized.

Sprinkle the dough with the 5 tablespoons of water. Blend the water into the dough, lifting the ingredients with a fork as necessary, allowing the moisture to spread. If needed to hold the ingredients together, add the extra water a little at a time.

When you can gather the dough into a ball, stop handling it. Cover and refrigerate while you make the filling.

Filling Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together meat, scallions, pepper, onion and half of the thyme. Place in the frying pan with teaspoon cooking oil and cook over a low flame until meat is cooked, about 10 minutes. Pour off excess fat.

Add in bread crumbs, the rest of the thyme, the beef seasoning, black pepper paprika and ketchup. Cook for 15 more minutes, adding water as necessary to keep the mixture moist. Cool before filling pastry.

Roll out pastry until 1/8 inch thick, and cut into whatever shape you want (I usually cut them into 4 inch diameter circles). Put filling on one half of the dough, and moisten the outer edge with some water (just wet your finger and spread the water). Fold dough over the filling, and then press the edges together firmly, sealing them with a fork.

Bake 15-20 minutes. Cool on racks.


You can, of course, use any kind of dough you'd like. The recipe above yields crisp, flaky crust that in and of itself is delicious.

Tips & Notes

Copyright © William T. Zander & Joseph L. Casadonte Jr. 1997-2001. All rights reserved.
Jamaican Beef Patties / 01 January 2001 /
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