Jamaican Beef Patties


1 batch

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  • Dough:
  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt

  • 2 tablespoon curry powder

  • 3/4 cup ice water

  • 1 tablespoon Vinegar

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 1 egg (Egg Wash)

  • 1/4 cup water (Egg Wash)

  • Filling:
  • 2 tablespoon peanut oil

  • 1 medium onion

  • 4 Scallions

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped Scotch Bonnet pepper

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 teaspoon Salt

  • 1 cup bread crumbs

  • 1 dash fresh ground pepper


  • Dough:
  • Combine flour, salt, and curry powder in work bowl of food processor, pulse to combine.
  • Add the butter or shortening and process until the mixture looks like fine crumbs.
  • In a bowl combine water, vinegar, and egg yolks.
  • Add wet mixture to work bowl and pulse until a ball forms.
  • Cover dough in plastic wrap and let rest in refrigerator for 1/2 hour.
  • Filling:
  • Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat, add onions, scallions, thyme, and Scotch bonnet peppers.
  • When onion begins to soften, add ground beef, salt, and enough water to barely cover meat, simmer over low heat for 20 minutes.
  • Add bread crumbs and adjust with salt and pepper, allow to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Roll the dough out to 1/8-inch thick.
  • Cut the dough into 6-inch circles.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of the meat filling onto half of each dough round.
  • Brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash.
  • Fold the dough over the filling to make a half moon shape and press to seal.
  • Place the patties on a parchment lined cookie sheet and place in the oven for 25 to 35 minutes.


  • If making the cocktail size, cut the dough into 3-inch circles.