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Jamaican Beef Patties
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Jamaican Beef Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 5 or 6 chunks
  • 1/4 cup cold water – or a little more to make a play dough / just stick together consistency
  • Oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger, finely minced
  • 1/2 to 1 Scotch Bonnet pepper, no seeds and chopped very fine (a whole one if you like heat)
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • Kosher salt & pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 slices American cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water


  1. Put flour, salt, sugar and turmeric in the bowl of a processor – pulse a couple times – then add butter and repeat
  2. Add water a little at a time until it’ll stick together, take out and shape into a disc - wrap in plastic and refrigerate 30 minutes
  3. Heat oil & cook the vegetables about 5 minutes until super fragrant, then add the beef, herbs and cook until just browned
  4. Add the beef broth and simmer on low until mostly absorbed, about 15 minutes - let cool
  5. Cut dough into 3 or 6 pieces, then roll into circles about 1/8 inch thick
  6. Add beef to the center of each, top with cheese (full slice if you make 3, half slice if you make 6)then fold over empanada style and seal edges well - use a fork to make marks