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Jamaican Meat Patties

Jamaican Meat Patties

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Spicy beef wrapped in tender, flakey crust. Just like in Kingston town. Ya Mon!!

"I really liked this recipe--especially because the dough turned out well! That is usually a challenge for me. I substituted jalapeno peppers for the Scotch pepper, as suggested, and I also substituted the bread crumbs with an equivalent amount of crushed oatcakes.

Very yummy, and my husband loved them! My long prep time is no doubt due to having a three month old son who doesn't like to be put down for any length of time!"

- LeftFootGreen


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2 cups Unbleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric
1 large Egg
3 tablespoons Unsalted butter; - at room temperature
2/3 cup Water
4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
2 medium White onions; (about 2 cups)
1 tablespoon Garlic; - minced
1/2 medium Scotch bonnet pepper
1 pound Ground beef; preferably round or sirloin
1 tablespoon Curry powder; preferably Madras (hot) style
1 tablespoon Fresh thyme; - chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Black pepper; - fresh ground
1 teaspoon Sugar
2/3 cup Beef broth; homemade or store bought
1/2 cup Dried bread crumbs

Original recipe makes 12 Servings




Make the dough by hand or in a food processor. If using a food processor, place the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and turmeric in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Pulse to blend the ingredients.

In a mixing cup, whisk together the egg and 2/3 cup water. With the motor on, gradually add the mixture through the feed tube. Process until the dough forms a soft ball, about 10 seconds. Scatter the softened butter over the dough. Process until the dough is very soft and moist but not sticky, about 5 seconds. If the dough feels sticky, add about 1 tbl flour and pulse until it is no longer sticky. Place the dough onto a lightly floured work surface, knead briefly, and shape it into a ball. Refrigerate for at least one hour before use.


Chop onions fine. Wearing gloves, seed the Scotch bonnet pepper and chop fine. Mince the garlic. Heat the butter in a large skillet over moderate heat. Add onions, garlic, and Scotch bonnet and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the meat, curry, thyme, salt, pepper, and sugar, and cook, breaking up the meat lumps with the back of the spoon, until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer until the beef is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the bread crumbs, stir well to combined, and continue to simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 2 minutes longer. Remove the pan from the heat. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper if necessary. Let cool thoroughly.


Divide the dough into 12 pieces. Work with one piece of dough at a time, keeping the remainder covered in the refrigerator. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough piece out into a circle about 6 inches in diameter. Put about cup of the filling on the bottom half of the dough, leaving about a inch margin of dough exposed around the filling. Moisten the exposed edge with water. Fold the top half of the dough over the filling, forming a turnover. Join the edges by turning the bottom edge up and over and press the edge together. Press around turnover with the tines of a fork to seal.

Heat oven to 400 F. Place the patty on a lightly buttered cookie sheet. Cover sheet with a clean towel until all the patties are formed to protect them from drying out. Brush patties generously with melted butter and bake in preheated oven for twenty minutes, until light golden.

Serve patties hot with red pepper sauce or West Indian hot sauce such as jerk sauce.

Yield: 12 patties, enough for 12 first course or 6 light supper servings.


If using canned broth, use the low sodium, fat free kind. Madras curry is the hot curry powder. Turmeric gives the dough its characteristic yellow color. You may substitute two jalapenos for the Scotch bonnet - or add more Scotch bonnet if you like the patties to be really hot. Use of a low fat beef keeps the patties from becoming greasy. The bread crumbs soak up any remaining meat juices.

Original recipe calls for rolling dough into rectangles 5 x7 inches and folding over to make square packets. Rolling the dough into circles is easier. Original recipe calls for adding an egg glaze to the patties and deep frying them in two to three inches of vegetable oil for three to four minutes. Baking as noted above is listed as an alternative option. Patties may be wrapped individually in plastic wrap and frozen uncooked for up to one month. Note - we wrapped the baked patties individually and froze them. They were thawed and reheated in a toaster oven. We have eaten Jamaican beef patties at a local Jamaican restaurant, and these are every bit as good. Patties are flavorful with a nice after-bite that lingers.

Adapted from: Cooking Under Wraps by Nicole Routhier


These freeze very nicely so make a double batch. They're great for quick lunches.


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I have changed the filling mix slightly to suit my family, but as is its really good. The dough however Ive not changed, its incredible. Easy tender and tasty. I make it in my food processor and it never fails.
artsymom75 7 months ago
Greatest meat patties best recipe yet
angelamurphymayrose 7 months ago
really good
johnshook 1 year ago
Btw, from start to finish, takes about 2h15 to make, not 60 mins as stated.
JvZweel 1 year ago
Absolutely love these! I too was worried about the dough but it came out great. Took a while to make but worth the effort. I will do a double batch next time for sure.
Leylakaracan 1 year ago
Hey great efforts, I'm Jamaican and honestly we do not traditionally eat patties with hot sauce, especially jerk sauce, We don't do that today either. Jerk sauce is used for jerking meats. It's like a dry rub except wet. So if it tasted weird on your Artie's that's why. Jamaicans eat their patties with coco bread and cheese or without either of the extras.
Jamaicanjapanse 2 years ago
Cant wait to try this!
tarajackson 2 years ago
I know it's not in the recipe, but I added potatoes and kidney beans, to the mix, and everyone loved it. Takes a long time to make but really worth it and occasionally I cheat and use ready made pastry still worth it
Kirsty1231 2 years ago
Super yummy! Turned out perfect baked.
normandie23 2 years ago
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