I may not be able to travel all around the world, but I can attempt to recreate some of the dishes at home, you know, to keep my mind off of the fact that I’m still at home. It’s better than nothing. As you probably have guessed already, culinary curiosity has recently led me to Caribbean and Jamaican food. My favorite thing to eat at any take-out shack or restaurant has always been Caribbean beef patties, so naturally, as I started craving the warm Jamaican sun on my skin (and hearing others talk about their plans to actually go to Jamaica), the first thing I decided to do was to make the spicy, flaky, savory hand pies. A Jamaican patty is a pastry that contains various fillings and spices baked inside a flaky shell, often tinted golden yellow with an egg yolk mixture or turmeric. It is made like a turnover but is more savoury. As their name suggests, Caribbean beef patties are commonly found in Jamaica, and are also eaten in other areas of the Caribbean, such as Costa Rica‘s Caribbean coast.
INGREDIENTS Drizzle of oil 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 250g beef mince 1 potato, cut into 1cm/½ in cubes 2 tablespoons turmeric 2 tablespoons tomato purée Few thyme sprigs 2 tablespoons hot pepper sauce 500g block shortcrust pastry 1 egg, beaten
Green salad, to serve
Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook for 5 mins. Add the garlic and beef, turn up the heat and cook until the meat is browned. Add the potato, half the turmeric, the purée and thyme, plus 200ml water. Cover and simmer for 15 mins, then remove the lid and cook for 5 mins more. Add the hot pepper sauce and leave to cool.
Heat oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7. Roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin. Cut out 6 x 15cm circles, using a small plate as a guide. Divide the mince between the circles, piling it up on one side. Mix the egg with the remaining turmeric, brush around the edge of each circle, then fold over and use a fork to seal the edges. Arrange on a baking tray lined with baking parchment, brush with a little more egg and bake for 20-25 mins. Serve Caribbean beef patties with a green salad.
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