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How to Make Easy Vegetarian-Meat Jamaican Patties

I enjoy baking my own breads and treats for my family on the weekend as a healthier and tastier alternative to store-bought options.

My vegetarian Jamaican patties are easy to eat while on the go.

My vegetarian Jamaican patties are easy to eat while on the go.

I wanted a tasty lunch dish that I could carry in my lunch box with an ice pack and that would keep in the fridge for my whole work week. Since I like to prepare my lunches for the week on Sunday night, I adapted this recipe to be vegetarian. The fake meat allows them to keep longer than real meat patties in the fridge. I like the taste and texture of Yves Veggie Cuisine's "meat."

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

1 hour

25 min

1 hour 25 min

10 patties

Pastry Ingredients

  • 1 cup White flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, cold
  • 1/4 cup water, cold
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Filling Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 340g package Yves vegetarian meat
  • 1–2 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp liquid egg white, to brush tops

Instructions for Preparing Filling

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Sautée onions and jalapeno peppers until soft.
  3. Add vegetarian meat and mixed vegetables. Stir.
  4. Add broth, salt and pepper, thyme, curry powder, and garlic powder.
  5. Lower heat to simmer and stir occasionally until the mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Instructions for Preparing Crust

  1. In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir to mix.
  2. Add cold olive oil and cold water to dry ingredients. Mix together to form a ball. If too dry and crumbly, add 1–2 tbsp more water.
  3. Form dough into a10" log. Cut 1" sections off the log until you have 10 pieces.
  4. On a silicone mat, roll 1" dough pieces into 6" round circles.
  5. Spoon 2 generous tbsp of cooled filling into the centre of each rolled circle.
  6. Fold one edge of each circle over to form a half-moon. Use a fork to press the edges closed.
  7. Place the patties on a parchment-lined baking sheet, brush tops with egg whites, and pierce in several places with a knife.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 F and bake for 20–25 minutes.
  9. Eat hot out of the oven or store in the fridge for future use.

© 2017 Wes Clark

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