Tasty Jamaican Patties by C. Holness
Jamaican meat patties are a traditional snack enjoyed by those on the island and in some other parts of the Caribbean as well. They can also be eaten as a meal, often being paired with a slice of coco bread and a cold Red Stripe beer.
It consists of a turnover pastry shell, which contains egg yolk or turmeric to produce the characteristic golden colour, the inside of which is stuffed with a savoury blend of spices and ground beef. Other fillings besides beef are preferred by some people, such as chicken, lobster, or cheese.
The meat patty is a culinary creation which was born out of Jamaica' s multi-ethnic colonial past.
It combines elements of the pasty from Britain with the cumin and curry seasonings popular in the cooking of indentured servants from India, and they spicy cayenne pepper which was commonly used by those descending from the African slaves.
The piquant heat of the Jamaican Scotch Bonnet pepper was later added to this recipe to intensify the flavour.
In Jamaica, patties are readily available due to their popularity with locals and visitors alike.
They can be purchased from street vendors or in some of the well-loved franchise restaurants that feature patties as a main menu item as well as other offerings.
Tastee Patties and Juici Patties are the undoubtedly the two leading patty restaurants on the island.
In other countries patties, especially in North America (USA and Canada) and UK, Jamaican patties can also be found for sale both on food stands, in convenience stores, and in the frozen section of grocery stores - especially if they have a Caribbean food section.
These patties are pre-made and simply need to be heated up in the oven or microwave.
You may also find these pre-packaged patties online. Check on Amazon.com or the website of your favourite convenience store.
You can also make your own spicy meat patties! What better way to enjoy them than to also have the fun experience of discovering first-hand how they are made.
There are lots of excellent recipes available online:
We also have two readily available on this website for you: