Jamaica Vegetable Patties Recipe

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Jamaica Vegetable PattiesIngredients:

250g plain flour
½ tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp salt
125g hard margarine
3-4 tbsp cold water
1 egg, beaten
For the vegetable filling:
1 tbsp oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
2cm root ginger, grated
1 courgette, cut into thin strips
1 carrot, cut into thin strips
1 sweet potato, cut into thin strips
1 small tin chopped tomatoes
freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas mark 5.

  1. To make the filling, fry the onion and garlic in the oil until soft. Add the other filling ingredients, and cook until the vegetables are soft.
  2. Make the pastry while the filling is cooling. Sieve the flour and turmeric into a bowl with the salt, and rub in the margarine until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add enough cold water to make a stiff dough and knead it gently until the pastry is smooth.
  3. Roll out the pastry into a circle about 5mm thick, and cut out about 12 circles with a pastry cutter.
  4. Put the circles on a greased baking tray and brush the edge of each with the beaten egg to help the edges stick. Place a small amount of the filling in the centre of each and fold each circle in half, pressing the edges together with the prongs of a fork.
  5. Brush the surface of each pattie with the beaten egg and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve them hot or cold with a crisp mixed salad.

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