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    Jamaican Patties; Beef, Chicken, or Lamb

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    Flavor Diva's Note:

    These are delicious curry-flavored pastries found in the Caribbean islands, particularly in Jamaica. Great as a snack or as a Jamaican meal compliment. I also enjoy them with a spinach, corn, and bean salad. I have used pre-packaged Crescent rolls (2 cylinders rolled out and cut into 10 circles or phyllo dough (15 sheets cut lengthwise to make 30 triangles) as a time saver. Not as good or as spicy as the handmade pastry, but sometimes there’s just not enough time. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days an reheat in microwave on medium heat.

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    Serves: 4-6



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    1. 1
    2. 2
      Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
    3. 3
      Add onions and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally until soft and translucent.
    4. 4
      Add garlic, cook 2 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add beef, curry, cumin, salt, and pepper.
    6. 6
      Cook until browned stirring constantly.
    7. 7
      Stir in stock and breadcrumbs.
    8. 8
      Simmer until liquid is absorbed. (aprox.10 minutes) Texture should be soft and moist. Add green onions.
    9. 9
    10. 10
      In a large bowl, combine flour, turmeric, curry, and salt.
    11. 11
      Cut in 1/4 cup margarine and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
    12. 12
      Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Shape dough into a log, and cut into 10 equal sections.
    13. 13
      Roll each section into a six inch circle (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Cover with damp towel.
    14. 14
      Spoon equal amounts of filling into each pastry circle. Fold over making a half circle and press edges together. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg.
    15. 15
      Cook for 25- 30 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 24, 2014


      I made these yesterday. Took me way more than an hour but I tend to putz around when I'm in the kitchen. Followed the recipe exactly except I didn't have green onions (what a shame). These were great! Next time, I wouldn't use lamb though...I don't think you'd be able to tell the difference between the lamb and beef because of the seasoning....and lamb is really expensive here. Yum. I could eat these all day. Next time I might make the filling the day ahead so it's not such a time consuming mess (for me). Good, authentic recipe. I LOVE JAMAICAN PATTIES!

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    • on May 19, 2011


      Made these patties tonight with lamb and sweet potato for my DH and DD, and also filled some with a spicy blackeye pea and tomato mixture for myself. We all really enjoyed them and I will deffo be making them again. The pastry was easy to make (used food processor) and having read the previous reviews before I made this recipe, I only added 1/4 teaspoon salt to the filling. Thankyou for sharing this recipe :)

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    • on December 19, 2010

      Had been searching high and low for patty recipe. Moved form Hackney to countryside and the only thing I miss is the jamaican pattys. Oh and the Turkish food. ok all the variety of food in London. Made these last night. I was really pleased with how they turned out. My 6 year old gave them an 8 out of 10 only because they weren't quite spicy enough for him. My fault though....I accidentially put 1 tablespoon of cumin instead of curry! To balance i added ginger, tumeric, coriander and chopped fresh corriander and parsley but forgot the chilli pepper. I was really worried about how they'd turn out but they were quite something. My other son who hates pattys really enjoyed them cos they did not have the spice. I used chilli sauce as a dipping to give them some heat but they were really tasty without. Easy to make. Lovely pastry. All held together wonderfully. Thank you very much. I will be making these again for sure. xxxxx

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    Nutritional Facts for Jamaican Patties; Beef, Chicken, or Lamb

    Serving Size: 1 (214 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 716.5
    Calories from Fat 318
    Total Fat 35.3 g
    Saturated Fat 9.8 g
    Cholesterol 74.6 mg
    Sodium 910.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 65.3 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.0 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 32.8 g

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