Beef Patty. Costa Rica

“Patty” “Patty” “Patty”

Not a bad sound to wake up to and while staying in the Costa Rica’s Caribbean town of Puerto Viajo I was greeted with it every morning. Originally a classic Jamaican snack, the culture brought over by Jamaican descendents at the end of the 19th century means that the sounds and flavours of Jamaica are everywhere to be found.

Ingredients for the filling.

  • 2 tablespoon of cooking 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 of tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup of lard or shortening
  • 150 g margarine
  • 1/3 cup Cold water

1. Sift the flour, curry powder and salt into a large mixing bowl.

2. Mix in the shortening and margarine until crumbly.

3. Add the cold water and continue to mix and kneed into a stiff dough ball.

4. Lightly flour a wooden chopping board and roll out the dough until about 1/8-inch thick and cut out 8-inch circles.

5. Place 2 to 3 tablespoons of meat filling on half of each pastry circle.

6. Moisten the edges of the dough with water and fold the dough circle over the meat filling like a parcel. Pinch the edges closed with a fork, lightly brush the pastry with a beaten egg.

7. Bake at 250 oC on a lightly greased baking sheet for 30 to 40 minutes or until the patties are golden brown.

Serve warm with a little sweet chile sauce.


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  1. need some pics wopuld make it better

    • Thanks for the advice – I am working on my food photography at the moment. Go Safe

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