Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

March 21, 2018

This isn’t your typical Jamaican patty. In fact, it doesn’t include ‘actual beef’., rather it’s turkey meat with “beef bouillon” which allows it to taste like beef. Wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust, the moist “beef” inside coupled with the many spices, bursts with flavor and heat! Cut into medium round circles and baked to pure perfection in just 25 minutes, you have yourself a newly invented Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patty.

Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

When it comes to making your own pastry, whether it be for a patty, pie, etc.—it’s definitely intimidating!

However, after much practice, I’ve learned that the trick to a flaky crust and pastry is the butter and ensuring that the water is SUPER COLD! Everything else works together perfectly after that main (and most important) step.

Usually, my recipes are inspired from my Southern roots, which as you may know, comes with a lot of flavor!

However, this recipe stems more closely with the other part of my heritage—Jamaica! Growing up, I had the best of both worlds—Southern food (living in Florida) and Jamaican food, which came naturally for the people in my family, since most of them were born and raised there.

Starting in my pre-teen years, Jamaican food became a larger staple in our household and since then, it’s been one of the biggest reasons why I LOVE SPICE so much! Haha.

Especially, since my Grandfather was a HUGE lover of spice and literally ate scotch bonnet peppers raw. I know, that’s pretty crazy!

Speaking of scotch bonnet peppers—you can feel free to add a few of them chopped into the recipe for a really nice kick of spice, as most Jamaican beef patties do this. however, I chose to keep it a little lighter on the “heat factor” since my little guy enjoys these as well!

Looking for something Savory + Southern? Check out the latest recipe: Savory Cajun Shrimp Breakfast Bowl

Maybe another Jamaican-inspired dish? Check out this Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken + Sweet Plantains recipe.

Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

For this recipe, you begin by adding the all-purpose flour, curry powder, sea salt and brown sugar in a large bowl and whisking them together well.

Next, add the cold butter cubes and blend together (using a pastry blender), until it resembles small peas or crumbles.

Then slowly add the cold water and kneed continuously until it’s slightly sticky. Form a ball of dough using your hands and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Next, add turkey meat and stir and let cook until meat has changed color (from pink to brown).

Once all meat is cooked through, drain out any liquid fat from pan and return it to the stove again. Add all seasonings and water and let it come to a quick boil add the ‘beef base’, Jamaican hot sauce, and soy sauce, mixing it in well before adding the all-purpose flour.

Mixture should be a bit moist. Let the meat cook for about 10 minutes on very low heat.

Remove the dough ball from refrigerator and cut the pastry into mediums-sized circles (using a biscuit cutter).

Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

Place about 2 Tbsps of the beef mixture inside the middle of one of the circles, then cover the filling with another circle, brushing egg wash (lightly beaten egg) around the edges of the bottom circled dough and then pressing the edges together and “crimping” with a fork, all the way around.

Repeat with each patty until all ingredients are used!

Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

Add each mini patty to a baking sheet, fully lined with parchment paper (or a silicone mat).

Brush each patty with the remaining beaten egg and bake them for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve immediately! Wallah.

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Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

Spicy Jamaican Mini Beef Patties

Prep Time: 45 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 2 tsps sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp organic brown sugar (I use Sugar in the Raw)
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh water, VERY COLD! (Add 2 ice cubes to keep it cold if needed!)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold + cubed (That's 1 stick!)

For the "Beef" Filling:

  • 1 lb organic ground turkey meat (You can use ground beef if preferred!)
  • 1/2 tsp "Better Than Bouillon Beef" beef base
  • pinch of sea salt + pepper, for tatse
  • 1/4 cup fresh water
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground thyme
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 1/2 Tbsps soy sauce, low sodium
  • 1 large organic egg, lightly beaten (I use Organic Valley)
  • 1/4 cup organic all-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, for cooking
  • 1-2 Tbsps Jamaican hot sauce, optional (I use the Grace brand, but you can use scotch bonnet peppers for more HEAT instead!)

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, add the all-purpose flour, curry powder, sea salt and brown sugar and whisk together well. Next, add the cold butter cubes and blend together (using a pastry blender), until it resembles small peas or crumbles. Then slowly add the cold water and kneed continuously until it's slightly sticky. Form a ball of dough using your hands and wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • In the meantime, in a large skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp of olive oil. Next, add turkey meat and stir and let cook until meat has changed color (from pink to brown). Once all meat is cooked through, drain out any liquid fat from pan and return it to the stove again. Add all seasonings and water and let it come to a quick boil add the 'beef base', Jamaican hot sauce, and soy sauce, mixing it in well before adding the all-purpose flour. Mixture should be a bit moist.
  • Let the meat cook for about 10 minutes on very low heat.
  • Remove the dough ball from refrigerator and cut the pastry into mediums-sized circles (using a biscuit cutter). **NOTE: To make 12 patties, there should be 24 circles cut.**
  • Place about 2 Tbsps of the beef mixture inside the middle of one of the circles, then cover the filling with another circle, brushing egg wash (lightly beaten egg) around the edges of the bottom circled dough and then pressing the edges together and "crimping" with a fork, all the way around. Repeat with each patty until all ingredients are used!
  • Add each mini patty to a baking sheet, fully lined with parchment paper (or a silicone mat). Brush each patty with the remaining beaten egg and bake them for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Remove from oven and serve immediately. 
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

STORAGE: Keep leftovers in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat when ready to serve.

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  1. Your beef patties look wonderful! When I lived in West Palm there was a Jamaican store that sold them…so good!!! I’m going to try your recipe!!

    • Thanks so much J. Ivy! To me, they aren’t really spicy because the soy sauce tempers down the heat. However, for a real kick, you can either add a lot more hot sauce or use actual scotch bonnet peppers!

    • Haha! Thanks so much Kylie! Awww, I do apologize if I’ve ruined your diet! The great thing is that I use mostly organic ingredients, and you can definitely use veggies inside (like cabbage, spinach, kale, carrots, etc.) instead of turkey meat or beef. Hope that helps!