Jamaican Beef Patties


1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten (egg wash)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 dash salt (¼ tsp)
1/4 cup butter (cold)
1/4 cup shortening
1/3 cup water (cold)

Meat Filling
2 tablespoons butter
1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon salt

Mid-day Mocktail
Orange juice
Ginger ale


1. Make the crust: Combine flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, 1 teaspoon paprika and a pinch of salt. Cut in 1/4 butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Do not over stir, that makes tough crust. Shape dough into a log, and cut into 10 equal sections. Roll each section into a six-inch circle (approximately 1/8 inch thick). Set aside.

2. Prepare the filling: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Sautee onion until soft and translucent. Stir in ground beef. Season with 1 teaspoon curry powder, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook until beef is browned, stirring constantly. Stir in beef broth and bread crumbs. Simmer until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat.

3. Make the patties: Spoon some filling into each pastry circle. Fold over and press edges together, making a half circle. Use a fork to press edges, and brush the top of each patty with beaten egg.

4. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

5. If you have the time and organization, it might be best to make the filling in advance, long enough to cool down before filing the pastry. Otherwise, it might melt the pastry somewhat.