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Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe: The Real Thing!

Jamaican pattyJamaican patty is a famous food in Jamaica. It is believed to have originated in Haiti, but has managed to become a daily part of the Jamaican cuisine. Traditionally, patties were made only with a spicy beef filling and a pastry case, however, today patties can be made with the meat or vegetable filling of your choice. So, check out the patty recipe below, and feel free to use your own creativity where desired.


Cooking Time: 30 to 35 minutes


Level: Intermediate




  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 lb. flour
  • ½ cup ice cold water
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • ½ tsp. ground turmeric
  • ½cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 3 teaspoon dried thyme or 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 4 stalks scallion, finely chopped (can be replaced by 1 medium onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped.
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1 hot peppers or 1 tbsp. chili pepper (add pepper to taste)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil



Jamaican Beef Patty Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).



  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, curry powder, turmeric, baking powder, and salt. Sieve all of these dry ingredients.
  2. Add in shortening and butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball (dough should only be slightly sticky).
  4. Wrap in cling wrap (cling film/plastic wrap) and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Remove dough and roll the pastry on a floured board until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut as many circles (about the size of a saucer) out of the dough as you can.
  6. Set aside.



  • Add oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and scallion until soft and translucent. Stir in ground beef. Season with thyme, garlic, peppers (finely chopped), salt, pepper, paprika, sugar and nutmeg. Cook until beef is evenly brown, stirring constantly.
  • Cook until mixture is fairly dry, drain off excess fat if necessary
  • Stir in beef broth and bread crumbs. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, and the mixture has a thick, saucy texture.
  • Remove from heat.


Combining Pastry and Filling:

  • Spoon equal amounts of filling onto one side each pastry circle. Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the edges of each pastry with water.
  • Place patties in baking tray on aluminum foil.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve as you like, best if served hot.
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