Jamaican Beef Patties

September 29, 2011

This is a bit of a Frankenstein recipes, cobbled together in my usual fashion, after reading recipes from a variety of sources and pulling what I like. I know real Jamaican patties are made with dough from scratch, seasoned with turmeric or curry powder or something. But, as I might’ve mentioned once or twice (or more), I have a real phobia about pie crust and such. So I cheated. These frozen empanada discs make it so easy that I’m willing to forgo a little flavor. Next time maybe I’ll just sprinkle a little seasoning on the dough before I fill it.

I made 20, to feed six of us for dinner and allow for plenty of leftovers. You probably don’t need that many so it’s easy to cut this recipe in half.

  • Goya Pastry Discs, two packages, thawed

  • Lean Ground Beef, 1 1/2 pounds
  • White or Yellow Onion, 1 medium, minced
  • Garlic, 1 or 2 cloves, minced
  • Jalapeno Pepper, 1, minced  (or a little scotch bonnet for more kick, or leave it out entirely)
  • Curry Powder, 2 or 3 teaspoons
  • Thyme, 2 teaspoons
  • Bread Crumbs, 3/4 cup
  • Beef Broth or Bouillon, 1 cup
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Egg, 1

Preheat the oven to 400.  In a large skillet, brown the beef over medium-high heat.  Add the onion, garlic, pepper, curry powder and thyme.  I used a mix of red and yellow curry powders because I had them both in the pantry.  Usually I just use yellow.

Cook until the softens.  Stir in the bread crumbs then add the broth.

Reduce the heat and simmer until the broth is absorbed, just a few minutes. The mixture should be thick enough to hold it’s shape but still moist.

Put a scoop of the meat mixture on one half of the dough disc.

Fold it over and seal the edges with a fork.

Place the pastry on a lightly greased baking sheet and brush the tops with a little beaten egg.  Bake at 400 for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kalyn September 29, 2011 at 10:55 am

Looks delicious. I use those empanada wraps once when I was making something for a party and they were great!


2 Rock Star Dad September 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm

This looks like empanada’s, one of my favorite Mexican dishes! Bookmarked!


3 Zana@GreenTravelReviews March 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Looks delicious! Do you have any sauce or dipping sauce recommendations? Or is it best to eat it as is?


4 karenbove March 31, 2014 at 8:32 am

I think I’ve done a sour cream based sauce…a little lime and chopped mango?


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