Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe

Outer Crust Jamaican Beef Patty  Ingredients

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening or lard, at room temperature (look for non-hydrogenated shortening)

Inner Filling Jamaican Beef Patty Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 3 scallions, including green tops
  • 2 scotch bonnet chilies
  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef or chuck
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cups fine bread crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon ground thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • to taste
  • 1 cup water

Next….

  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, turmeric, and salt.
  • Stir with a whisk to blend.
  • Cut in the shortening with a pastry blender or 2 dinner knives until the dough has the consistency of cornmeal.
  • Gradually add just enough cold water to hold the dough together, mixing it in with a fork.
  • Take care not to overwork your dough; it should just come together.
  • Form the dough into a disk and wrap it in the plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate the dough while you make the filling, or for as long as overnight.
  • If chilled overnight, remove from the refrigerator 15 minutes before rolling out

Next….



  • Cut up the onions, scallions, and chilies
  • Add to the beef and mix well.
  • In a Dutch oven or large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat, then cook the meat mixture, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the bread crumbs, seasonings, and water.
  • Cover and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes, or until thickened; the mixture should be just wet, not runny or dry. Remove from the heat and let cool while you roll out the dough.
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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Now Combine the filling and The Pastry!!

  • Divide the dough into 24 even sized pieces.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to a thickness of about ⅜ of an inch. a little thicker than pie dough
  • and cut into a round shape using a can, glass, or cup about 4 inches across.
  • Place the rounds on the ungreased baking sheets Cover the rounds you are not working on with a damp cloth.
  • Spoon filling onto a round to cover half of the pastry, leaving a ¼ inch border.
  • Fold the other half over and seal the edges by crimping with a fork,. Bake the patties for 30 – 35 minutes, or until golden. Serve hot!

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