Why the Jamaican Beef Patty is a New NYC is a NYC Icon


Written by Crystal A. Johnson -As a New Yorker, I have to spotlight what I’ve been eating since I was 5.  When I moved to other states I was disappointed that I couldn’t find them.   But the Food sensation has grown in popularity and is now being sold in several states in the frozen section.   Among the most popular makers of Jamaican Beef Patties is Golden Krust.


However, in New York, you will find it in a Jamaican restaurant and oddly enough, you’ll find them in Italian Pizzerias.   If you’ve heard about them never quite allowed yourself to grab one from the frozen food section then let me and a fellow New Yorker introduce you to Jamaican Beef Patty.   Watch this piece and see the Recipe for the Jamaican Beef Patty  

Jamaican Beef Patty Recipe

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Below is a delicious recipe for Jamaican Beef Patties:


2 cups Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 cup Solid shortening
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine
1/3 cup Cold water

Sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large bowl. Cut in the shortening and margarine until crumbly. Add the cold water to make a stiff dough. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board and roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out 8-inch circles. Cover with wax paper or damp cloth until ready to use. You can place the dough in the refrigerator overnight. If you do refrigerate, remove the dough at least 15 minutes before using.


tablespoon oil
1 Small white onion, Finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Chopped Scotch Bonnet pepper
1/2 lb. Lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Dried thyme
1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Beef or chicken stock
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Water

In a heavy skillet, melt the margarine and sauté the onion and Scotch Bonnet Pepper until they become limp. Add the ground beef, salt, pepper, curry powder and thyme and mix well. Brown the meat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add the breadcrumbs and stock and combine all the ingredients well. Cover the skillet and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When all the liquids have been absorbed, the filling is ready. It should be moist but not watery. Remove the skillet from the stove and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Uncover the dough circles and place 2 to 3 tablespoons of filling on half of each. Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the meat filling. Pinch the edges closed with a fork. Lightly brush the pastry with a mixture of the egg and water. Bake on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pastry are golden brown.

Serves: 10 Patties

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