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Friday, January 27, 2006

JAMAICAN BEEF PATTIES - King of Jamaican Snacks

Ingredients for Meat Filling:
2 lbs. Ground Beef
2 stalks Scallions (chopped)
1 Large Onion (chopped)
1½ cups Bread Crumbs
2 stalks Thyme (finely chopped)
1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 Scotch Bonnet Pepper (chopped and seeded)
1 cup Beef Stock
Ingredients for Pie Crust:
2 lbs. Self Rising Flour
1 cup Beef Suet
1 tbsp. Ground Tumeric or Jamaican Curry Powder
1 stick Margarine
1 pint Cold Water (at or below 40 degrees)
Method for Crust:
Mix flour and curry powder or tumeric, beef suet, and margarine together in until they look like crumbs. Add the cold water to the mixture to make dough.
Sprinkle some flour on the cleaned countertop and roll the dough with a rolling pin. If you don’t have a rolling pin, use a smooth soda bottle.
Roll until the dough is about 1/8” thick.
Use a saucer or bowl to make circular cuts in the dough. Let the pieces sit in a bowl for about 30 minutes, or while you are making the meat filling.
Method for Meat Filling :
Brown ground beef in a skillet, and then add onions, thyme, scotch bonnet pepper, salt, sugar, and scallions. Turn the heat to medium.
Use a fork or spatula to fold in the ingredients. Now add beef stock and allow the meat to cook for about 20 minutes, and then add bread crumbs to the pot.
Cook for another 7 minutes, taste meat and add more salt if needed.
Baking the Patties
You need to pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Add spoons of meat filling to the pre-cut dough pieces. Fold over dough to form a half-moon shape.
Use the end of a dining fork to seal the crescent edge of the patty while making a pattern.
Place the patties on a lightly greased baking sheet and brush each patty with a little oil or melted margarine.
Bake for about 30-35 minutes.
You can “experiment” with this recipe until you get the desired patties you like. For example could use different types of filling like chicken, seafood, or vegetable.

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