Jamaican Beef Patties

By Melissa Nestor - January 20, 2012

Jamaican beef patties have become one of my favorite appetizers.  Its rich Caribbean flavor is reflected in the ingredients used in both the crust and the ground beef seasoning.  The flaky crusts adds of a delightful crunch with hints of a warm buttery taste. Two to three of these can actually be a complete dinner depending on how big you choose to make them.  I used a combination of two recipes to come up with the perfect consistency for the crust that would balance the richly flavored ground beef. This recipe was inspired by recipes submitted by Jeffolee and Dana on allrecipes.com. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did :) 


Flaky Crust:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons butter, chilled and diced
  • 1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten

DirectionsJamaican Beef Patties

  1. Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees F.
  2. To make the flaky crust mix the flour, curry powder and salt and cut in butter in tiny cubes.  Use hands to mix until coarse crumbs form.  
  3. Add the water a little at a time and form the dough into a ball.
  4. Place the dough in plastic wrap and store in the cool section of refrigerator until you are ready to use it. 
  5. To make the filling use medium heat under a frying pan to melt the magarine, and saute the onions until they reach a soft consistency.  
  6. Add the ground beef, curry powder, thyme, salt and pepper and allow to cook until ground beef is brown. Stir in beef broth and bread crumbs and allow to simmer until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.  
  7. When it is time to use dough, divide it into small balls preferably the amount of beef patties you would like to make. The above ingredients makes ten.  Roll each section into a small 6 inch circles.           
  8. Spoon equal amounts of filling into each pastry circle. Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg.  
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.             
  10. Enjoy! MN Jamaican Beef Patties

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