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Jamaican Beef Patties
May 14, 2008

I come from Toronto, where there is a lot of Jamaican influence in the cultural mosaic. I now live in Japan, so naturally, the one thing I missed the most are beef patties ( especially the spicy ones ). This recipe is EXCEPTIONAL! However, I made some changes : - I doubled the amount of spice in the meat mix. I also added Allspice, CLOVES ( very important in Jamaican cooking ), nutmeg to it. - I froze the margarine and shortening before cutting it in the flour. I also put very cold water in the dough. I then put the dough in the fridge for a good 30 mins before handling it ( which I made sure, to handle as little as possible ). - I added turmeric ( saffron ) to the dough, to give the pastry that yellow, buttery colour. - I also made sure that I cooled the meat, so as not to steam or change the pastry in any way, when I am stuffing them.

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