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Jamaican Beef Patties, contributed by Tracie Blake
It’s crunchy, it’s tasty, it’s sumptuous! It’s the world renowned and adored Jamaican beef patty.
Jamaican Patties are tart-like pastries with a variety of meat or vegetable fillings. So delicious are these pastries that today, they are frozen and exported to the United States of America, England and the Philippines, where there is a great demand for them.
Beef is one of the more common filling but other fillings also include beef, chicken, vegetable, tofu, ackee, lobster, shrimp and fish. Here in Jamaica, the beef patty is still one of the most favourite.
Beef Patties are so filling and tasty that we have them on a daily basis as a complete meal - breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner.
They are also made in bite-sized finger food style called cocktail patties. These are perfect for parties and snacks for childrens' lunch boxes.
This succulent pastry contains flour, salt, curry powder, shortening, margarine and cold water for the crust. This is mixed into a dough and cut into circles depending on the size of the patties (normally they are about 8 inches wide).
The crust is usually flaky and golden brown in colour. The beef filling is made from a mixture of margarine, onion, scotch bonnet pepper, ground beef, salt, black pepper, thyme, allspice, breadcrumbs, beef stock, egg and water.
This mixture is sautéed in a large skillet until cooked texture is achieved. The filling is then placed on half of pastry and folded over to envelope the filling in a curved obtuse triangle.
An egg and water mixture is used to brush edges acting as an adhesive to keep the tasty goodness inside. It is then place on a lightly greased baking sheet and baked for about half an hour until the pastry is golden brown.
The J'can Beef Patty is sandwiched in bread or coco-bread (bread baked in a folded position with butter on the inside) to make it even more fulfilling.
Today, beef patties in Jamaica are like hot dogs in the US!
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