Haitian Patties (veggie option)


What to expect? Prep time: 45mns Cooking: 30-40mns Difficulty level: Elaborate

What you need:

For the filling

  • 1 lb ground beef, chicken or turkey (For Veggie option see Delices Creoles twist at the bottom)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic clove, minced (can use powdered garlic)
  • 1 medium shallot, diced
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp. rosemary (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste (optional)

For the dough:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup Lard (Manteca) or substitute with 1 cup of vegetable shortening and 1/4 c. butter mixed together (at room temperature)
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten

What to do:

Dough Preparation:

  • Combine salt water and flour in a large bowl.
  • Mix well using your hands.
  • Generously dust surface area.
  • Knead until dough is firm and slightly sticky.
  • Roll the pastry into a ball.
  • Pack it up in a plastic wrap. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Filling Preparation:

  • Over medium heat, heat oil in a skillet or saucepan.
  • Add onions, garlic, shallot, peppers and seasoning mixture.
  • Stir-fry for 1 minute until softened.
  • Add the meat and simmer with water until meat is tender and water is absorbed.
  • Add tomato paste and stir well until medium brown.

Finishing the dough

  • On a clean surface area, dust with flour generously to prevent dough from sticking.
  • Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough and stretch in a rectangular circle.
  • Roll dough front to back and back to front until 1/8 inch thick.
  • Spread the lard or shortening mix generously.
  • Fold in the flaps to cover over coated areas.
  • Sprinkle the dough with flour and roll out evenly.
  • Form into a ball and set aside for 15 minutes.

Making the patties

  • Preheat oven at 375°
  • Unwrap dough and roll out evenly.
  • Divide into disc like shapes.
  • Roll disc dough, as thin as possible.
  • Place disc dough in the palm of your hands and extend pieces with fingers.
  • Add filling. Fold dough and seal edges.
  • Bake at 300° until golden brown.
  • Serve warm.

Delices Creoles twist:

  • Both dough and filling can be prepared the day before and refrigerated until ready to go to “Making the patties” step.
  • Meat can also be replaced with steamed vegetables (spinach, carrot etc…)

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