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The Best Ever Oven Baked Jamaican Beef Patties

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Jamaican Beef Patties are a delicious Caribbean dish that you can easily make at home that combines an easy homemade butter pie crust with the spicy bold flavors of turmeric and yellow curry added to the dough with flavorful meat filling that is irresistible! 

Jamaican Patties

Jamaican Beef Patties

If you love bold flavor food, do we have a treat for you today! You are absolutely going to love these Jamaican Beef Patties. You will love the Jamaican flavor that is in every single bite so much! These are simple to make. I love that I can make a big batch and have an awesome dinner and then store the rest in the freezer for a quick and easy meal or snack for the family when we are short on time! I know that you are absolutely going to love the flavors of this dish in every single bite. 

If you are a fan of bold flavors then you will want to try this delicious homemade chicken curry recipe as well! 

Jamaican Patties

Are Jamaican beef patties the same as empanadas?

Jamaican beef patties and empanadas are fairly similar although Jamaican beef patties stand out for the bold Jamaican flavors thanks to the spices mixed into the beef mixture as well as the dough. 

What do Jamaican Beef Patties taste like?

When you bite into a Jamaican beef patty for the first time you will notice the bold flavors mixed into the meat pie thanks to the yellow curry powder, paprika, thyme, and parsley that are all wrapped into a buttery crust with turmeric and yellow curry powder added for a little extra kick. 

What do I need to get started?

Ingredients for Ingredients for Jamaican Patties
  • Pie Dough
    • All purpose flour – I personally wouldn’t sub anything, but I think other flour may work
    • Salt
    • Butter – unsalted and cold, do not use margarine
    • Eggs – one to be used in the dough and the other for brushing on the patties
    • Ice water – the water needs to be very, very cold
    • Distilled vinegar – helps the dough be very flaky
    • Turmeric – gives a nice flavor and a great yellow color to the dough
    • Curry powder – yellow curry is needed for this recipe
  • Beef Filling
    • Butter – you can use olive oil if you prefer
    • Onion – white or yellow
    • Garlic – fresh or preminced
    • Yellow curry powder – this helps give the caribbean flavor
    • Paprika – you can use smoked
    • Thyme
    • Parsley
    • Salt
    • Beef Stock – or you can add extra salt and a bit more curry 
    • Dry bread crumbs – this helps keep the meat from making the patty too moist
    • Ground beef – an 80/20 is best or a 90/10 will work
  • Equipment
    • Food Processor – you can use a pastry cutter if you don’t have a food processor
    • Baking Sheet
    • Large skillet

How to make Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe

Pie Dough:

  1. Pour the flour and salt into the food processor and mix slightly.  Add the cold butter and pulse for 20 seconds or until the butter is coated and pea sized.
  2. Add the turmeric and curry powder and pulse once to combine.
  3. Add one egg, the vinegar and half the water. Pulse till a ball begins to form.
  4. Add remaining water gradually as needed until a ball has formed.
  5. Take the dough out of the food processor and wrap in saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Meat Filling:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef till nearly browned.
  2. Add the butter and the onion and garlic, then cook till onions are translucent about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spices and stir to combine.  Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the bread crumbs and stir well. 
  5. Allow the meat to cool to room temperature before assembling the patties.

Assembly:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Lightly flour a counter or board and roll out the pie crust.  Use a large round cookie cutter or glass and cut out circles.  Gather the remaining dough and gently press it together, then press out and cut out more circles.
  3. Place a heaping tablespoon of meat in the middle of the circle.
  4. Use a small cup of ice cold water and dip your fingers in it, then dampen the edge of the circle.  This will help it stick together.
  5. Fold one side over to the other side.  It can be easier to do by holding it and pinching it closed.
  6. Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Repeat until all the circles are filled.
  7. Use a fork and crimp the edges together to seal.
  8. Whisk the egg and 1 teaspoon of water together and brush over the egg wash each meat pattie.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  The meat patties will be lightly golden brown, anc flaky pastries when they are done.
  10. Cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

Tips Tricks and FAQs

  • The secret to a good flaky dough is keeping it cold. You don’t want the butter to warm up and melt into the flour. If the butter warms before you are ready to use, place in the freezer for 10 minutes to make it cold again. 
  • When making the dough it is best to use a food processor because it keeps the dough colder, if you don’t have one though you can use your hands and a pastry cutter, but it will warm the butter and make the dough soft. 
  • Ice water and cold butter help bring the dough together.
  • The dough needs to be refrigerated before using it. Be sure to refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes prior to assembling your Jamaican patties.
  • Let the meat cool completely before making the patties.  This will help the dough stay cold and make it flaky.
Beef Patty on baking sheet

Storage

You will want to store your leftover Jamaican patties in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2 days. 

Flaky Crust Beef Patty

Can you freeze beef Jamaican Patties?

Yes! You can freeze these. You will want to prepare as the recipe states and let them completely cool. Once cooled, line a tray with parchment paper and add the Jamaican patties, and place in the freezer. Once frozen, add them to a freezer-safe bag for up to 2 months. 

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How to reheat a Jamaican Beef Patty?

You will want to reheat these for about 2 minutes in the microwave, or until hot. 

To reheat in the oven you will want to reheat them for about 10 to 15 minutes at 375 degrees. 

If you are reheating frozen Jamaican Patties, you will want to reheat them for about 20 to 25 minutes at 375 degrees. 

jamaican patty on baking sheet

Can you make the dough ahead of time?

Yes! You can make the dough ahead of time! After you have made the dough, wrap it tightly in saran wrap and place it in the fridge until you are ready to assemble your beef patty. 

What do you eat with Jamaican beef patties?

Traditionally these are eaten with peas and rice in the Caribbean. They also make a great handheld snack as well. 

Homemade Jamaican Beef Patties
Jamaican Patties

The Best Ever Oven Baked Jamaican Beef Patties

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Jamaican Beef Patties are a delicious Caribbean dish that you can easily make at home that combines an easy homemade butter pie crust with the spicy bold flavors of turmeric and yellow curry added to the dough with a flavorful meat filling that is irresistible! 

Ingredients

  • Pie Dough:
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold butter, cut into ½ inch cubes (1 ½ sticks)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 2 large eggs, 1 is for brushing over the pastry
  • 1 Tablespoon distilled vinegar
  • ⅓ cup ice water
  • Meat Filling:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 Tablespoons dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon beef bouillon
  • ⅓ cup dry bread crumbs

Instructions


Pie Dough:

  1. Pour the flour and salt into the food processor and mix slightly.  Add the cold butter and pulse for 20 seconds or until the butter is coated and pea-sized.
  2. Add the turmeric and curry powder and pulse once to combine.
  3. Add one egg, vinegar, and half the water. Pulse till a ball begins to form.
  4. Add remaining water gradually as needed until a ball has formed.
  5. Take the dough out of the food processor and wrap in saran wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.


Meat Filling:

  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef till nearly browned.
  2. Add the butter and the onion and garlic, then cook till the onions are translucent for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the spices and stir to combine.  Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and add the bread crumbs and stir well. 
  5. Allow the meat to cool to room temperature before assembling the patties.

Assembly:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Lightly flour a counter or board and roll out the pie crust. 
  3. Use a large round cookie cutter or glass and cut out circles. 
  4. Gather the remaining dough and gently press it together, then press out and cut out more circles.
  5. Place a heaping tablespoon of meat in the middle of the circle.
  6. Use a small cup of water and dip your fingers in it, then dampen the edge of the circle.  This will help it stick together.
  7. Fold one side over to the other side.  It can be easier to do by holding it and pinching it closed.
  8. Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Repeat until all the circles are filled.
  9. Use a fork and crimp the edges together to seal.
  10. Whisk the egg and 1 teaspoon of water together and brush over each meat pattie.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.  The meat patties will be lightly golden brown when they are done.
  12. Cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 407Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 624mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

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