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jamaican beef patty

Jamaican patty is a delicious crescent-shaped meat pie made with highly seasoned minced meat, lobster, shrimps, chicken or vegetable in a flaky pastry shell. Patties are very popular as a snack, the patty is Jamaica's NO.1 fast food. Cheese is added to the beef patties after they're baked, hence cheese patties.

Note: The original Jamaican patty crust is made with beef suet, but  a short crust pastry can be used

beef patty

1 lb. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup beef suet
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
8 oz.  iced water (approx.)
A drop of annatto colouring  to colour pastry

1 lb. ground beef
2 stalks escallion
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 medium onion
2 cups bread crumbs
1 hot pepper
1 tsp. salt
Food browning (optional)
Oil for glazing

To make pastry

  • In a basin, Sift the flour and salt
  • Mix the suet and vegetable shortening with some of the flour
  • Mix suet mixture and remaining flour and add baking powder
  • Add water with colouring and mix until the ingredients are bound together and leave the basin clean. The dough should be firm.
  • Turn on to a floured board. Knead until free from cracks.
  • Divide dough into 40 pieces, shape into balls. Cover and leave until ready to make patties

To make filling

  • Heat mince meat in a saucepan with just enough water to cover
  • Use a fork or fingers to separate lumps in the water
  • Finely chopped all seasoning and add to minced meat and also 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Cook until mince is soft, about 30 minutes on low heat.
  • Taste mince meat and add more salt if needed
  • Add bread crumbs and 1/2 tsp. of food browning if you want a darker meat colour
  • Make sure there is enough gravy to make filling wet. Add butter, stir and allow to cool before putting into pastry.
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • On a lightly floured board, roll out balls in circles. Put about 1 full tsp. of mince in the centre of circles and fold over to form a crescent. Press together and crimp with a crimper or fork, brushing a little oil on each patty.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown
  • Serve hot


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