There is nothing like the joy of biting into a tasty Jamaican patty and savouring the spicy richness of its filling. While it may be easy to buy patties in some areas, many others are left without any other option but the frozen the food isle. However, to help you get a taste of the Caribbean, you can make your own patties without much effort at all.
The first step is to prepare the pastry and spicy filling. Here are the ingredients you will need:
- drizzle of oil
- 1 finely chopped onion (small)
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic cloves,
- 250g minced ground beef
- 1 medium-sized potato cut into small cubes
- 2 tablespoons of turmeric
- 2 tablespoons tomato purée
- Several sprigs of thyme
- 2 tablespoons of hot pepper sauce
- 500g package of shortcrust pastry
- 1 egg (beaten)
Add the oil to a pan and heat using a medium setting. Then add the onions and cook for five minutes before adding the beef and garlic. After the meat mixture has browned, add one tablespoon of turmeric, the potato, thyme, tomatoed puree and 200ml of water. Cover the mixture, reduce the heat and leave it to simmer for fifteen minutes, then uncover and cook a further five minutes before adding the hot sauce and then letting it cool.
Preheat the over to 220C/200C and roll the pastry to a thickness of about a 16th of an inch. Once rolled, use a small plate to cut out six circles and divide the filling evenly among the six. In a bowl, mix one tablespoon of turmeric, and the beaten egg, brush the sides of the circles and then fold over to form the meat patty. Place in the oven for between 20 and 5 minutes, remove, let stand for five minutes and serve.