what’s in a jamaican beef patty

How to make homemade patty pastry with turmeric and curry powder added to give it that authentic golden colour and tasty crust.

Make large or mini, easy to prepare ahead of time ready to reheat. Or freeze for a tasty snack another day.

How to make Jamaican Beef Patties from scratch?

These Jamaican Beef Patties are made from scratch with lots of spices and flavour.

Follow along our step by steps to make your own Beef Patties at home.

Continue reading to find out more about Jamaican Beef Patties.

Of course, you may jump straight to the recipe card to get started.

All About That Pastry Dough

That quintessential yellow patty exterior is the result of turmeric powder being added into the dough. You’ll find many Jamaican beef patty recipes that call for turmeric because it gives these patties a natural, vibrant yellow hue. However, my recipe calls for both turmeric and Jamaican curry powder.

Although nice, I find the turmeric root to be quite bitter. Combining it with warm, earthy, and mildly spicy curry powder balances out the overall taste in the pastry. Both spices give just the right amount of vibrancy while also yielding a very tasty shell to envelope the filling. It’s tender, flaky, and buttery.

What pastry is used for Jamaican Beef Patties?

The pastry used to make Jamaican Beef Patties is really easy to make at home.

It is a basic shortcrust pastry but with the added flavouring of Curry Powder we (use Garam Masala) and Tumeric.

As a result the spices give the patty pastry a beautiful golden colour and a super taste!

Rating 5.0 (21) · 1 hr 30 minMar 15, 2022 · For the beef filling: olive oil, ground beef, onion, garlic, ginger, salt/pepper, thyme, Jamaican allspice & curry powder, scotch bonnet pepper,


What are Jamaican beef patties made of?

Dubbed Jamaica’s “No. 1 fast food” by Enid Donaldson, author of “The Real Taste of Jamaica,” a beef patty’s filling is spiced, then baked inside of a suet dough. These pastries are often filled with seasoned ground beef, but can include pork, lamb, lobster, shrimp, cheese, chicken and ackee.

What is beef patty meat made of?

Information. According to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 9, 319.15(c), “Beef patties are chopped fresh and/or frozen beef with or without the addition of beef fat and/or seasonings.

Are Jamaican beef patties healthy?

With 336 calories, 15 grams of fat and 432 milligrams of sodium, the beef patty is not on the same health plane as, say, a crisp green salad loaded with vegetables. But Harrison says the patty does rate better than many other fast food choices.

Why are Jamaican patties so good?

Like fruitcake, the treat was enhanced by Black West Africans. But the evolution did not stop there. Exposed to a growing East Indian population in the Caribbean, the enslaved added curry, cumin, and other spices, giving the Jamaican patty its now-trademark golden crust and incomparable flavor.

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