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Guyanese and Trinidadian Recipes

Jamaican Beef Patties


3 tbsp vegetable oil
1½ lbs lean ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 fresh hot chili pepper, seeded and minced
3 scallions (including some of the green) minced
1 tbsp curry powder
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup coarse, dry bread crumbs
½ cup fresh or canned beef of chicken stock


1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp curry powder
¼ tsp salt
10 tbsp (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter or margarine, cut into bits
¼ cup cold water


  • In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the beef, onion, garlic, chili pepper and scallions. sauté, stirring constantly, until the mixture gives off its moisture (about 8 minutes).
  • Add the remaining filling ingredients and simmer, stirring often, for 20 minutes.
  • The filling should be moist but not wet. Set aside to cool.
  • To make the pastry, sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Mix in the butter and rub with your fingers until it is the consistency of cornmeal or bread crumbs.
  • Add the cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough just holds together.
  • Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Finishing the dish ...
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • On a lightly floured board, roll out the pastry about 1/8 inch thick.
  • Using a 4-inch round cookie cutter, cut the pastry into disks.
  • Place 1 tablespoon of the filling slightly below the center of each round.
  • Fold over the pastry to form a crescent shape, and seal the edges with the tines of a fork.
  • Place the patties on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Serves 6.
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