Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties

Adapted from Serious Eats

This recipe makes a delicious, curry-flavored beef pastry inspired by those popular in Jamaica. In our house, this is a recipe we aspire to make in batches to freeze for a quick dinner at a later date. With that in mind, consider doubling the recipe. Then, let the patties cool before you freeze them on a tray. Once frozen, pack freezer bags and reheat in the oven. 


For the Dough:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp Jamaican curry powder from Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants
  • 1 tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1 Apple Creek Farm organic egg, lightly whisked

For the Filling:

  • 1 lb Apple Creek Farm ground beef
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, minced
  • 2-3 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp  steak sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp yellow curry powder, preferably Jamaican
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Egg wash made from 1 large Apple Creek egg beaten with 1/4 cup water


For the Dough

  1. Add flour, salt, curry powder, and butter to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Whisk water, vinegar, and egg together in a small bowl.
  3. Add it to the flour mixture and pulse until a ball of dough forms. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

For the Filling

  1. Brown ground beef in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, breaking meat into little bits.
  2. When beef is nearly cooked through, push the meat to the side of the pan, reduce heat to medium and add onion, pepper, and garlic.
  3. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables have softened, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add broth, Pickapeppa sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, cayenne, curry, allspice, salt, bay leaves, and thyme.
  5. Stir to combine, reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. 

For the Patties

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Flour your work surface and rolling pin, and roll dough out to 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Cut dough into 6-inch circles and place 2 tablespoons of meat filling onto half of each round of dough.
  4. Brush edges of dough with egg wash.
  5. Fold dough over filling to make a half-moon shape.
  6. Press the edge with tines of a fork to seal.
  7. Set patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until dough is golden brown and cooked through, about 25 to 35 minutes.
  8. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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