Jamaican Patties

Course Appetizer


  • DOUGH 2 c All-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 ts Baking powder
  • 1 ts Curry powder
  • 1/2 ts Tumeric
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 2/3 c Shortening
  • 1/4 c Butter or margarine
  • 1/3 c (approx) ice water FILLING- 2 ts Vegetable oil
  • 1 sm Onion, chopped
  • 3 Green onions
  • 2 Cloves, garlic, minced
  • 1/4 ts Cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 1 tb Curry powder
  • 1 ts Dried thyme
  • 1/2 ts Tumeric
  • 1/4 ts Salt
  • 1/4 ts Pepper
  • 1 c Water
  • 1/2 c Fresh bread crumbs


  • DOUGH: In large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, curry powder, tumeric, and salt. 
  • Cut in shortening and butter until crumbly. Drizzle in water, stirring with fork and adding up to 2 tb more water if necessary, to make a soft dough. 
  • Form into a ball and flatten to a disc. Wrap and chill for 1 hour.*(Can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 weeks.)* FILLING: In skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; cook onion, green onions, garlic and cayenne pepper for 3 minutes or until softened.
  • Remove with slotted spoon and set aside.
  • Over high heat, saute beef for 5 minutes or until no longer pink; drain off fat.
  • Return onion mixture to pan along with curry powder, thyme, tumeric, salt and pepper; cook for 3 minutes over medium heat. Pour in water; bring to a boil. Add crumbs; simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened but still juicy. Let cool.
  • (Can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)* Divide dough into 16 pieces. On floured pastry cloth and using stockinette-covered rolling pin, roll out each piece into 5-inch circle.
  • Brush edges of top half with water; place 2 heaping tbsp of filling in the centre. 
  • Fold in half, pressing edges togther with fork to seal. Prick twice; place on ungreased baking sheet. 
  •  *(Patties can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day.)* Bake in 375 F oven for about 20 minutes or until crisp and golden. Source: Canadian Living Magazine Feb/93 From the collection of K. Deck


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