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by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

What comes to mind when you hear Jamaican meat pie? Those who are familiar with Jamaica and our cuisine will probably think of the flavourful Jamaican patties.

Which, is kind of a meat pie, but today I am going to introduce to you another Jamaican favourite. Even though here on the island, we do not call it a meat pie here on the island, it can definitely be considered one.


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Have you ever had a Jamaican meatloaf? No? Well, today you will learn all about it. If you have ever had a Jamaican beef patty, you probably have heard that it pairs quite well with our Jamaican coco bread, some like to call it folding bread as well (because it folds in half).

Well instead of having a beef patty and coco bread, the Jamaican meatloaf combines the two into one great meat pie.

And if you were wondering, no, the Jamaican meatloaf is nothing like the American version.

This Jamaican meatloaf is a complete dish all on its own, you do not need any side dishes or accompaniments, and I dare say you might not even be able to finish it in one sitting.

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Similar to Jamaican patties, meat loaves are not typically made at home but are mostly bought from popular patty companies such as Tastee and Juici Patties (Juici Beef).

While it is one of my favourites, it is significantly less popular than beef patties.

Jamaican Jamaican Meat Loaf Recipe

INGREDIENTS

    Ingredients for the filling

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 ozs escallion
  • 1 small hot peppers
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ loaf of french bread
  • ½ teaspoon salt (Any additional seasoning you like)

PROCEDURE

  1. Add ground beef to the pot, cooking without any additional water or liquids.

  2. Pour off any excess oil.

  3. Allow the bread to soak in some water until soft. Remove and squeeze out any excess water. Crumble into tiny pieces.

  4. To the ground beef, add all seasonings and the crumbled soaked bread and allow to continue cooking.

  5. Cook for about 20 minutes. If it becomes too dry, add back some of the poured-off oil or water to the pot.

Set aside.

Ingredients for the dough

  • 1 ½ tsp instant yeast
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¾ tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 egg- whisked

PROCEDURE

  1. Mix yeast and warm water. Add the olive to the mix after.
  2. Add flour, salt and sugar to a bowl and mix, then add the yeast mixture.
  3. Knead dough and shape into a ball, coat with olive oil, then cover and set aside to rise for an hour.

Now it is time to combine to assemble and bake your meatloaves.

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.

  2. Remove dough, add to a lightly floured surface, and divide into 6 pieces.

  3. One by one, roll out each piece into a ¼-inch thick circle, then use a spoon to fill half the circle with the ground beef filling.

  4. Fold over the next half of the dough to close, using a fork to seal and crimp the edges. Brush water on the inside, and edges of the dough, to help with sealing.

  5. Brush the surface with the egg wash.

  6. Place on a lined or greased baking tray.

  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until puffy and golden brown.

Serve immediately.

I always say that most Jamaican dishes are very customisable and this Jamaican meat pie/ meatloaf is one of them. While ground beef is the most popular way to do this, you can also try making this with vegetables.

The most common vegetable to make this with is callaloo. I do imagine, while I have not seen it done, you can also try this with other popular Jamaican patty fillings such as curry and jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish, beef with cheese, shrimp or lobster.

Whatever you do and however you choose to create or reimagine this Jamaican favourite, remember practice makes perfect and experimenting in the kitchen is always fun.

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References & Sources For Jamaican Meat Pie

  1. Murphy, X., 2022. Jamaican Meat Loaf [online] Jamaicans.com. Available at: [Accessed 19 September 2022].

Jamaican Meat Pie | Written: September 19, 2022

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