I took a couple-week hiatus because of holiday and work travel; I won’t be going anywhere for a while now! I’m happy to be home and back in my own kitchen.

Golden patties cooling on the counter.
Golden patties cooling on the counter.

Baking has never been one of my strong suits. I’m not sure why I am so much more comfortable cooking up something rather than trying to bake, but there’s a distinct difference for me. A few months ago, I stumbled across a recipe for Jamaican beef patties and saved it to my Pinterest board. The recipe languished there for a bit, as I was a little nervous to mix together dough and roll it out into circles. Then, my boyfriend’s sister posted a delicious photo of Jamaican patties she had made; I knew then that I had to tackle this recipe. The good news is, it wasn’t really all that difficult!

Mixing together the ingredients for the dough.
Mixing together the ingredients for the dough.

Most of the ingredients for these patties, I had readily available in my kitchen. I have yet to be able to find a scotch bonnet at the grocery, so I subbed in a serrano instead — I pretty much always have one of those available.

Dough spheres ready to be rolled out.
Dough spheres ready to be rolled out.

I have read that these meaty patties are one of the most well-known dishes in Jamaica. I can imagine buying one of these off a cart to savor before a walk to the beach. They are easy, portable, and very reheatable.

My not-so-pretty patty
My not-so-pretty patty

One thing I would have to do differently next time is remember to put some gravy granules in the cooking meat. The insides of my patties ended up a bit dry as a result of me leaving them out (I had difficulty locating any, but I probably should have looked a bit harder), but they were still quite tasty.

Golden, warm, savory patties
Golden, warm, savory patties

My patties weren’t perfectly symmetrical, but I am sure that could be fixed by cutting each piece into a circle rather than simply rolling them into balls and then flattening them with a rolling pin as I did. All in all, this was a wonderful dish. I likely will bake up a batch on a weekend to take to work for easy lunches, or cook them as a hardy finger food at a party.

 

 

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