Thursday, 27 December 2012

Jamaican Meat Patties

When we had our Jamaican themed dinner party, this was one of the dishes that was served. We would like to personally thank our dear friend Dave for finding this recipe from Fay's Jamaican Recipes. These meat patties are very tasty!! My kids loved them, and now I make them for quick snacks or for their lunches as they are so easy to eat on the run. You can make the pockets any size you want, just adjust the pastry and filling amounts when assembling the pockets.

Filling Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds ground beef
¼ Cup water
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 small onion, chopped
2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons powdered
3 Tablespoons Ketchup
1 Tablespoon steak sauce
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon hot pepper sauce
2 Cups water
1 Tablespoons bread crumbs or Panko crumbs
salt and pepper to taste

In a large heated frying pan add ground beef, water, salt,pepper,all-spice and curry powder.
Cook until the meat is browned and the water is absorbed.
Drain away the excess oil.
Add onions and cook until translucent.
Add the garlic and thyme, cook for three minutes/
Add ketchup,steak sauce, worcestershire, and hot sauce.
Pour in the water, bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated and the liquid resembles a thick gravy.
Stir in bread crumbs, season to taste.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

Pastry Dough:

4 Cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 ⅓ Cup vegetable shortening
1 Cup ice cold water

Combine flour, salt, and curry powder
Cut in vegetable shortening, until it is the size of small peas
Add ice water slowly, stirring the mixture until it forms into a mass of dough. Form into a ball. Place on a floured surface and gently roll into a log and slice into about 20 equal and individual pieces. Cover the dough to prevent them from drying out.
Roll out each piece of dough until it is approximately a 5 inch circle. You can use a bowl or lid of something to cut out a nice smooth, round circle.
Place approximately 2 Tablespoons of the filling on one side of the circle.
Brush a little water around the edges of the pastry to moisten.
Fold over the pastry and seal using a fork.
Place the patty on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Brush uncooked patties with egg wash.
When ready to bake preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake patties for 30-40 minutes until golden brown.
Cool on wire racks.
Serve warm.
Print Recipe:Jamaican Beef Patties
To a hot pan add beef, water and spices, cook completely. Drain excess fat from pan.

Chop thyme,garlic and onions.

Add onions to pan and cook.

Add thyme and garlic, cook.

Add ketchup, steak sauce, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, stir and cook.

Add water to meat mixture and simmer to reduce liquid.

Cook until liquid is like a thick gravy.

Add bread crumbs, remove from heat and let cool completely.

Combine flour, salt and curry powder.

Add vegetable shortening.

Cut the vegetable shortening into the flour until it is the size of small peas.

Slowly add water, stirring until dough comes together and you can form it into a ball.

On a floured counter top gently roll dough into a long log and cut into approximately 20-22 pieces.

On floured surface, roll out to about five inches in diameter.

Using a bowl or a lid cut out a circle.

Add approximately 2 tablespoons of filling to the dough., dampen edges of dough with a little water.

Fold over and seal with a fork.

Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Beat a egg and add 1 teaspoon of water.

Brush patties with egg wash, bake in 350 degree oven for approximately 30-40 minutes.

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