We cannot tell you how many times we have gotten requests for a Jamaican Beef Patty. If we had been saving a dirham every time we got one, maybe by now we would have enough for a plane ticket to Jamaica to get the real deal. However since popping over to Jamaica is not a reality for most, and even those of us who are from that Land We Love cannot afford monthly trips, here is something that will help you. It is a key part of the survival kit in being a Jamaican expatriate as patties are stape Jamaican street food, enjoyed by young and young at heart. If you are not Jamaican, you may have come across this if you live in a city where lots of Caribbean nationals are. Different Caribbean countries have different versions. This is ours. If you have never seen or heard of a Jamaican patty, as we say back home “Half your life gone.”
This is a working recipe adapted from A Real Taste of Jamaica by Enid Donaldson. As result, we will adjust it over time on this post until we get a patty reminiscent of the popular Tastee Patties in Jamaica! Until then, this is a really great place to start! The recipe and method are illustrated in the video below.
We strongly suggest using both the beef suet and 1/2 cup shortening for an extra flaky pastry. We also added 3 cloves finely diced garlic to our filling, which somehow did not make the edit . You may also 2 tablespoons oyster sauce to the filling.