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Jamaican Beef Patties















Trans-fat Free, Sugar-Free


2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup vegetable shortening
¼ cup margarine
(1/2 stick)
cup water
Meat filling
2 tablespoons margarine
1 small white onion
finely chopped
¼ teaspoon black pepper
scotch bonnet
½ pound ground beef, lean
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
freshly ground
½ teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon thyme
¼ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup beef stock
or chicken stock, prefer veal stock if possible
1 each eggs
¼ cup water


Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine until crumbly.

Add the cold water to make a stiff dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and roll out the dough until about ⅛ inch thick.

Cut out 8 inch circles. Cover with wax paper or damp cloth until ready to use.

In a heavy skillet, melt the margarine and sauté the onion and Scotch Bonnet Pepper until they become limp.

Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, curry powder and thyme and mix well.

Brown the meat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionaly.

Add the breadcrumbs and stock and combine all the ingredients well.

Cover the skillet and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When all the liquids have been absorbed, the filling is ready. It should be moist but not watery.

Remove the skillet from the stove and preheat oven to 400℉ (200℃).

Uncover the dough circles and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on half of each.

Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the meat filling.

Pinch the edges closed with a fork. Lightly brush the pastry with a mixture of the egg and water.

Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

Note: Scotch Bonnet pepper is a very hot pepper native to Jamaica and the Caribbean islands.

Try to find it at your area's West Indian grocery stores, or use jalapenos as a substitute.

Also known as habinera peppers.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 84g (3.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 21642% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 37mg 12%
Sodium 324mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A 7% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 2% Iron 12%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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