Jamaican Beef Patties



30 servings



2 tbsp. olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup chicken stock or
2 green onions, finely chopped

Pastry Dough

1-1/8 lb. plain flour
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. salt
7 oz. cold shortening or
butter, diced
1/4 cup ice water or
1 egg, lightly beaten


Heat oil in large heavy pan. Add onions and garlic; cook, stirring till onion wilts. Add ground meat; cook, stirring until meat is browned. Sprinkle with curry powder, salt and pepper and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in breadcrumbs and stock or water. Cook, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Mixture should be thick but not dry. Stir in green onions. Remove from heat and leave to cool.

Make pastry by combining flour with tumeric and salt. Rub in butter or shortening until crumbly. Add water and gather into a ball. Roll out to about 1/4-inch thickness and cut into 4-inch diameter circles. Gather remaining dough together and lightly cut out again. Place about 1 Tbsp. filling on each circle. Brush edges with lightly beaten egg, fold over and seal.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place patties on baking trays lined with aluminium foil. Brush lightly with remaining lightly beaten egg. Bake 25 to 30 till golden brown.

Author's Comments

If preferred, replace beef with chicken or lamb.

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