Thursday, May 19, 2005

Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties (Adapted from EatingWell)

For the pastry

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
5 tablespoons canola oil
1/3 cup cold water, plus additional if needed
1 large egg yolk


8 ounces ground sirloin
1 bunch scallions, minced
1 to 2 teaspoons minced Scotch bonnet chile pepper
1/4 cup fine panko breadcrumbs
1/4 cup beef broth (increase to 1/3 cup if dry)
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric

To prepare the pastry

In a large bowl, whisk together flours, turmeric, salt and baking powder. Add butter and use your fingers to quickly rub them into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal with a few larger lumps of butter visible. Drizzle oil over the top and toss to combine.

In a small bowl, whisk together cold water and egg yolk. Add to the flour mixture and stir until the dough begins to come together. Knead dough just a few times to bring it together. Flatten dough into a disc, wrap well in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.

To prepare the filling

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over medium heat, cook ground sirloin, scallions and chile pepper, stirring to crumble beef, until cooked through, about 4 to 6 minutes. Add breadcrumbs, beef broth, thyme, salt and turmeric, tossing well to combine. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Remove dough from the refrigerator and unwrap - evenly divide into 6 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 3/8" thick 6" round. Place about 1/4 cup filling on half of the top of each circle, leaving about a 1/4" border. For each circle, fold the dough over the filling to seal it inside, crimping the edges with a fork. Place on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Place sheet into the oven and bake until golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Makes 6 servings.

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  1. There is a fabulous place in Indianapolis called Patties of Jamaica. This made me want one. I may have to try making them at home.

  2. Ford - Let us know if these compare at all!