This Jamaican Patties recipe is another gem from our travel the world and cook themed homeschool days!
This week we learned about Jamaica. We took a look at its geography and history (with special focus on the Taino civilization that thrived there for more than 1000 years before Jamaica was ‘discovered’ by Columbus). We also as well as arts and culture, and, of course, food.
I really wanted to try making Jamaican Patties. My goal was to create a vegetarian version that my kids would still like. But I also wanted to replicate the texture of the classic (as opposed to just a collection of veggies).
I pieced together this recipe from a variety of options I found on other food blogs. I was really pleased with the result!
Instead of suet, I used butter for the pastry. The dough comes together like any other pastry. Feel free to work with a recipe you’re already comfortable with. Just add some turmeric for the flavour and iconic yellow colour.
For the filling, I used a combination of lentils, cooked until soft, carrot, aromatics and spices. I then mixed in breadcrumbs to mimic the slightly mushy texture of the classic.
My oldest son and my husband both devoured them! The texture was pretty close to what you’d expect and the flavour was great.
I didn’t add any chili. I was cooking with the littles and that would have been a turn off for them. But I would suggest adding the heat if you can take it! You can either add some finely chopped Jalapeño or just sprinkle in some pepper flakes to taste.
I didn’t find the process too onerous. I can easily imagine whipping these up for a weekend lunch. Or even as a fun contribution to a pot luck (whenever such a thing becomes possible again).
Obviously ours don’t look perfect. A combination of little fingers and me! Fine motor skills are not my forte, but I try never to let a lack of perfection scare me off in the kitchen 🙂
We will definitely be making these again!