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Jamaïcan beef patties

Jamaïcan beef patties

It is THE best-known Jamaican street food, the Jamaican cousin of French West Indies pâté salé and Latin American empanadas. Sweet Kwisine could not miss it. These delicious things have everything I love: crispy-almost-flaky shortcrust pastry, meat, a good dose of spices and of course chili! To enjoy warm, with a salad, for people of all generations. Now, let’s get started and set off to Jamaica!

Jamaïcan beef patties


For about 8 medium sized beef patties, you will need…

For the dough:

  • • 250g of flour
  • • 95g of soft butter (or 125g)
  • • 30g of lard (optional)
  • About 10 cl of milk
  • • 1 teaspoon of fine salt
  • • 1 tsp of sugar
  • • 1 tsp of turmeric powder
  • • 1 tsp of curry powder
  • • 1 egg for glazing

For the stuffing:

  • • 200g of minced beef
  • • 1 carrot
  • • 1/2 brown onion
  • • 2 chives
  • • 1 clove of garlic
  • • 1 drop of grated ginger
  • • 1/2 tsp of ground cumin
  • • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • • 1/2 tsp of brown sugar
  • • 1/2 red habanero pepper without seeds
  • Salt pepper


– In a bowl, mix the flour, salt, and spices.

– Add half of the cold butter (keep the rest in the fridge) and incorporate it into the flour until you get a fine sand.

– Then add the cold milk little by little and knead a little. You must get a soft and moist dough that does not stick to your fingers.

– Wrap the dough and refrigerate for about 30 minutes. After this pause time, on a generously floured work surface, roll out the dough.

– Using a peeler, place shavings of butter and lard over the entire surface, about half the quantity. Close the dough on each side, then as a wallet.

– Flour the dough and start again.

– Store in the fridge for another 30 minutes. 


– Cut the carrots, onions, garlic, and ginger into very small dice.

– In a frying pan, brown the vegetables and minced meat well with a drizzle of oil.

– Add the spices, chili, a little water, and simmer covered while the carrots are cooking.

– Do not hesitate to add a little water and mix so that the stuffing does not stick to the bottom of the pan. The stuffing should be fluffy!

– Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper and let cool.


– On a floured work surface, roll out the dough as thinly as possible into a long rectangle.

– Using a knife or a pizza wheel, cut out about 8 rectangles.

– Place a generous quantity of stuffing approximately in the middle of a rectangle and close it by sticking well the edges previously moistened with a little water.

– Glaze the beef patty with whipped egg.

– Preheat the oven to 180°C.

– Place the patties on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and cook for 25 minutes.

They are golden and smell wonderful!


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