Thursday, August 05, 2010

Jamaica day in the garden

Have you ever been to Jamaica? They have these little road side kiosks where they sale jerk chicken and these things called meat patties. They come in beef, chicken and fish.

They are very similar to the American hot pocket. Except the shell is more pastry shell than pie shell. So I decided to find a recipe book to make these.

Tasted, looked and acted nothing at all like the original meat patty we had in Jamaica. So I experimented and here is what I finally came up with.

Instead of ground beef I cook a pot roast in the slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours on low. I had chopped onions, garlic, jalapeno peppers and ground black pepper. And curry powder (to taste). Once done I shred the beef, leaving the onion, peppers and garlic mixed in and put aside.

I take pre-made pie shells and cut them into triangles (You have to play with it a bit).

Depending how big you make your triangles I scoop one to two tablespoon of meat into the center and fold and pinch to make a pocket. I roll the pocket in curry powder and put on a baking pan that has been either greased or spray with cooking oil.

I preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 20 minutes. And this also depends on your oven and altitude. We're in the rocky's so we're high and it does make a difference.

It took me a few tries to come up with this much easier recipe, than the one I found in Jamaica. Good luck!

Pairs very well with a lighter red, like a Zinfandel. Or if you use chicken instead of beef a sauvignon blanc would be nice.              

10 comments:

Taryn Kincaid said...

Here's a little Island in the Sun and Jamaica Farewell as background music for the yummies!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8ofT6rOukI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tc8csKaBN0&feature=related

Lindsay said...

That recipe sounds so simple and easy I bet I could even make them.
Instead of pie shells could you use phyllo layered about 4-5 sheets think?

Mary Martinez said...

Thank you Taryn, I'm hopping over there now to have some music.

Lindsay, Actually I bet that would make them more like the authentic ones in Jamaica. I do not have anywhere close to me I could buy some phyllo so I didn't even think of that. Maybe I'll have my daughter pick me some up next time she goes to the Greek store for stuff for Gyro's. I should interview my son-in-law about his recipes. He should have been a Sous Chef instead of a miner at Kennecott.

Mary Martinez said...

Oh Taryn fun You tube I'm listening and watching right now!

Everyone you need to copy and paste the links and watch!

Thanks Taryn.

Lindsay said...

Mary, Look in the frozen section at the grocery store in the area of Frozen Deserts. You might find the fillo, correct spelling, there.

Donna Cummings said...

That sounds delicious! I'm a tropical girl at heart, so even if I haven't made it to Jamaica (yet!), I know I would love it there. Thanks for sharing your recipe. :)

Off to watch the YouTube now.

Mary Martinez said...

Donna,
The YouTube is worth it, makes your feel like you're in Jamaica.

Lindsay, I told my husband about your idea and since he reps Kroger he told me exactly where it is at our store. I'm going to try it next time.

I think I'll extend Jamaica day through tomorrow, what do you think? Maybe a recipe for Jerk Chicken or Curry Lamb?

Lindsay said...

I vote for curry lamb

Mary Martinez said...

Opps my recipe is Curried Goat. But you can use Lamb as a substitution.

Lindsay said...

You want a comedy. Me shopping for these ingredients
Sent from my iPhone while trying to find the peppers