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Jamaican cocktail beef patties

jamaican cocktail beef patties
cocktail or mini-sized beef patties

Patties are Jamaican’s favourite fast food. This the original Jamaican beef patty recipe. Cocktail patties or mini-sized beef patties  are ideal for children’s party

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

Ingredients to make patty pastry
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup ground beef suet
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
8 oz. iced water
A drop of annatto colouring to colour pastry

Ingredients to make filling
1 lb. ground beef, minced
2 stalk escallion, minced
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 medium onion, minced
1 large hot pepper, minced
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
A drop of food browning (optional)
1 tbsp. butter
2 tsp. vegetable oil

To make pastry
Sift the flour and salt into a basin (container)
Mix the suet and shortening with some of the flour (about 1 cup)
Mix suet mixture and remaining flour, and then add baking powder
Put a drop of annatto clouring into the 8 oz. iced water
Mix flour with the colouring iced water until the ingredients are bound together and leave basin clean. The dough should be firm
Turn on to a floured board. Knead dough until free of cracks
Divide dough into 40 pieces, shape into balls
Cover and leave on countertop until ready to make patties

Method to cook filling
Pour vegetable oil in a saucepan on low heat. sauté minced beef for about 2 minutes

Pour enough water to cover the minced meat. Use a fork to separate any lumps in the minced beef

Add salt, minced onion, hot pepper, escallion and thyme to the pot. Cover and cook until minced beef is soft (about 30 minutes)on low heat.

Add more salt if needed, add a drop of browning if a darker colouring is desired

Make sure there is enough gravy to make filling wet. Add butter and allow to cool before putting in pastry

Bake patties
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
On a lightly floured board, roll out balls in circles. Put about 1 full teaspoon of mince in centre of circles and fold over to form a crescent. Press together and crimp with a crimper or fork, brush  a little oil on each patty

Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown. serve hot


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