Jamaican Beef Patties

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This is my favourite Jamaican Beef Patty recipe. We make lots and freeze them.

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Patty Filling
2 TB Olive oil
1 Onion; finely chopped
3 Garlic cloves; finely chopped
1 lb Ground beef; lean
1 TB Curry powder
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp freshly ground black Pepper
½ cps Bread crumbs, dry
½ cps Chicken stock; or water
2 Green onions; finely chopped

Patty Pastry
2 cps Flour; all purpose
½ tsp Turmeric
¼ tsp Salt
â…” cp Shortening or Butter
¼ cp Ice water or more if necessary
1 Egg; lightly beaten


Heat oil in large heavy skillet. Add onions and garlic. Cook, stirring till onion wilts. Add ground meat. Cook, stirring until meat is browned and combined with onions. Sprinkle with curry, salt and pepper. 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.

Make pastry by combining flour with turmeric and salt. Cut in butter or shortening until in tiny bites. Add water; gather into a ball. Roll out to about ¼" thickness and cut into 4" 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 400F.

Place patties on cookie sheets lined with aluminium foil. Brush lightly with remaining lightly beaten egg. Bake 25 to 30 till browned.


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