Hiya awesome foodies, Idriss here, bringing you once more the best and cheapest recipes you can make at home, and the one I have for you today is no different. Except for the fact that it’ll bring some sunshine to your island mon’! This is my vegan Jamaican patties recipe.
Vegan Jamaican Patties: The Back Story
I never had a Jamaican beef patty in my life, before this one at least. There I said it.
You’re probably thinking: ‘So what makes you think your recipe is any good?’ I have references. Jamaican beef patty lovers who explained to me exactly how these babies are supposed to taste. Then once made, they tasted them and the reaction was unanimously positive.
As a matter of fact, I remember something like: ‘It’s legit bro!’
Plus, they disappeared in a matter of minutes. Minutes I tell ya!
Here are some of the basic things you need to know about Jamaican patties.
Are Jamaican Patties Vegan? No, no way. Classic Jamaican patties are filled with beef, and sometimes cheese. That is why, I made this recipe for you.
How to make Jamaican Patties Pastry? It’s your basic buttery shortcrust, with turmeric. Since we are making a vegan Jamaican patty recipe, we’re going to substitute the eggs for flax eggs and butter for vegan butter. That’s it!
Can I make it gluten-free? Yes! As a matter of fact, if you subscribe to our blog you will get access to our members library which includes a gluten free crust recipe for these patties.
How to make a vegan filling for Jamaican Patties? to get that awesome meaty bite, we’re going to use red lentils and quinoa with some coconut cream to bind it all together. Plus, the coconut cream helps cool down the Jamaican allspice and cayenne in there. I could use vegan beef, but why? It’s processed like you couldn’t believe and is more expensive.
Therefore, not Broke foodie$ friendly.
How to eat Jamaican Patties? This is a serious question. I’ll answer with one word: Ketchup. Drown it. Don’t even think twice.
That is your recipe in a nutshell, my friend. Correction: Your vegan Jamaican patty, in a nutshell.
My advice to you: If you do enjoy those crispy buttery edges, make your patties square instead of round. Just like in the photo below.
Here is what you will need to make the pastry.
- Non Bleached All purpose flour.
- Vegan butter. I used Earth Balance.
- flax eggs
- pinch of salt
- little bit of water
That’s about it. This make for a crispy, flaky crust, and as long as you manage to keep your filling at just the right amount of moisture, you will get something like this.
So what are you waiting for bro-migo and bro-migas, get busy cooking and don’t forget to let us know in the comments how much you like this recipe!
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Vegan Jamaican Patties
- 4 Flax eggs
- 4 Cups all-purpose flour
- 400 Grams vegan butter (COLD) or 1 cup and 3/4
- ¼ Cup water room temp
- 1 Tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 onions
- ¼ tsp celery seed in the pan with the onions to be warmed
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- ¼ tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp summer savory
- 1.5 tbsp Jamaican allspice
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1.5 tbsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast optional
- 1.5 tbsp pepper used ½ Szechuan ¼ pink African peppercorns ¼ black pepper
- 2 tbsp rum or sherry dark alcohol
- 1 cup red lentils
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/2 coconut cream 15 oz can
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/4 tsp liquid smoke
- Add your turmeric, salt and flour into a bowl and mix.
- Using your hands, cut your butter into the flour. You should end up with a very sandy texture.
- Now add your flax egg and your water.
- Bring your dough together and do not over work it.
- Form a ball and wrap in film paper.
- Let it chill in the fridge until the filling is ready.
- Start by cutting your onions and warming up your pan to medium-high
- Add the celery seed and oil to your pan – make sure they do not burn !! You simply want them to release their flavour
- Add your onions and stir frequently
- Boil 2 litres of water, continue stirring and cooking your onions
- When your onions start to brown, add boiling water (about 3 splashes) to help them caramelize
- Once the water evaporates, add 2 tbsp rum or sherry
- Once the onions are browned, add some water, your spices, the lentils & quinoa.
- Stir, add water until the mixture is covered with water – cover and lower the heat to medium (you want the mixture to be simmering but not boiling)
- Once the water is evaporated, check to see if cooked or if it needs more water, add coconut cream (about ½ a can, omitting the coconut water.
- Pre heat your oven to 375.
- Once cooked, add turmeric and liquid smoke – shut the heat but leave the pot on the same spot, stir occasionally and let it completely cool down (Do not skip steps, if you use a warm mixture with the cold pastry the pastry will melt and you will be left with a mess)
- Take your dough out of the fridge and roll it on a flour dusted surface. The thickness you are looking for is 1/4''
- Cut it into squares(You can also do circles) and scoop in about 2 Tbsp of filling on one side of your squares.
- Lightly brush the edges of your squares with water.
- Close your patties and seal by using a fork.
- Lay a some parchemin paper to cover your baking sheet and place all your patties on it.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until they look golden brown. The Baking time will vary depending on your oven. Just make sure they are brown, just like the pictures.
- Let your patties completely cool and serve with some ketchup.
OMGeee I love love love Jamaican Beef patties… if they taste as great as they look… I will be in heaven. Did they come out tender and moist?
I am DEFIANTLY putting this recipe on my list of “to dos” this holiday season. I will let you know my results 🙂 Great jobs Idriss thanks for sharing!
Hey Doris, Thanks for the love ! They taste absolutely phenomenal. The crust is very flaky and buttery, it’s basically a short crust, and the filling is very dense and moist. Different from beef in texture but the taste is spot on 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions.
These look great. My son’s girlfriend is newly vegan and I’m passing this along to her.
I love Jamaican patties. The spicier the better. Never had vegan ones though. These look delicious!
Thank you, Jolina !
Kathryn | Fashionably Frank
Oh my gosh, YUM! I’m vegetarian but open to trying tons of yummy vegan stuff. This is a great dinner idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
You’re welcome Kathryn ! This is a vegan favorite in our household
Well, they definitely look legit! That, and they disappeared quickly :). A big fan of Jamaican patties, but never tried vegan. I bet these are good!
They are ! Thank you, Marie 🙂