I’ve been wanting to create some Vegan Jamaican Beef Patties for some time now. I’m so glad the opportunity has finally come! The dilemma was always what to use for the filling. Traditional beef patties are of course filled with beef, but clearly that was not an option. Initially I wondered if lentils would be a good substitute (and they very well may be), but I really wanted something more authentic. So authentic that even an omnivore wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.
I recently discovered the latest line from Alpha Foods that includes these amazing Plant-Based Crumbles. I knew right away these would be PERFECT for making these Vegan Jamaican Beef Patties I had been swooning over in my head. I’m so happy to share that I was right! The crumbles were so easy to work with and the texture really closely resembles beef.
Making these Jamaican Beef Patties
Putting these patties together was a lot easier than I imagined them to be. I initially started with the dough because I wanted it to have the opportunity to rest for a while in the fridge while I prepared the filling. I recently discovered the convenience of making dough in a food processor, so I decided to test it out for this recipe… except with a blender instead.
My food processor bowl went on the brink a few months ago, so I figured a blender would be the next best thing. Using a food processor or blender to make the dough is perfect because it all comes together effortlessly! I added in water a little at a time through the top opening until the dough was formed. Next, I transferred the dough to a bowl and placed it in the fridge to rest.
Tip: prep everything beforehand so that while you’re cooking, the recipe comes together faster. In this case, that means measuring out all of the seasonings, liquids and dicing the peppers and onions. For this recipe, prepping was a lifesaver! Because I had already taken the time to measure out all of the seasonings, I was able to avoid going back and forth from the stove to the cabinets.
The Alpha Crumbles were super easy to cook with. I simply removed them from the freezer and cooked them frozen. They thawed in minutes! The crumbles mixed really well with the other ingredients and before you know it, I was done! It’s important that you give the filling a chance to cool down before introducing them to the dough. Luckily, you’ll have a chance to do that because in the next step you’ll need to begin cutting out your patty discs from your chilled dough.
Forming the Patties
When I’m in the kitchen, I always find a way to make it work! I didn’t have a proper cutter on hand, so I improvised! Instead, I used a small bowl to get the job done. The bowl measured about 5 inches in diameter. It required a little muscle because the rim was not sharp, but it worked!
A short while later I was able to crank out 15 discs. To make the most of the dough, I rolled it out using a rolling pin, cut out as many circles as I could, then set those aside. I would then form a loose ball with the remaining dough (trying not to over-work it), roll it out again and then cut more circles. I repeated this process until I couldn’t anymore.
By now the dough should be cooled enough to fill the disks with. It may seem like you’ll need a lot, but you really don’t need much filling to stuff these patties. I probably added 1-1.5 tbsp to the center of each. Before folding the patty in half, I lined the edges of the dough with water to ensure they’d stick together.
I then gently pressed the outer edges down and used a fork to smoosh them together. After I filled all of the patties, I had leftover filling. If you do too, you can freeze it for another time or toss it in a bowl of rice and enjoy it as an alternative meal. You know, for a little variety!
Line a baking pan with parchment paper and you’re ready to toss them in the oven! They’re done in about 20-25 minutes. This gives you a little time to put together a side of veggies (or plantains) while they’re cooking.
Y’all, I am OBSESSED with this recipe. I meal prepped them and I’ve been eating them all week! They reheat really well too! I toss them in the toaster oven for about five minutes and they taste the same as they did fresh out of the oven. My husband (an omnivore) has really been enjoying them too! He even said they tasted authentic. Two points for me!
I definitely see myself making these for guests in the future. Yea, it requires a bit of work, but it’s SO worth it! Just look at the pictures! Now go be great and impress your friends and family with this recipe! Let me know how it goes in the comments below!
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Vegan Jamaican Beef Patties
- 1 vegan egg replacer (I used a flax egg- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed meal + 3 tbsp water)
- 2¼ cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup cold vegan butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp sugar
- ½ tbsp Jamaican curry powder
- ¾ cups cold water
- 1 cup red onion diced
- 1 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper minced
- 2 bags Alpha Foods Plant Based Beef Crumbles
- ½ tsp salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1 tsp Jamaican curry powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ¼ tsp thyme
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs
- ¼ cup vegetable broth
- In a small bowl make your vegan egg. Set aside in the fridge to thicken.
- In a blender or food processor, add all of the ingredients for the dough except the water and vegan egg. Pulse a few times to combine the ingredients.
- Add in the vegan egg, then slowly add in a little water at a time. Pulse a few times afterwards. Add just enough water so that the dough forms (for me, this was ¾ cups). Scrape down the sides as necessary to account for all of the ingredients.
- Remove the dough from the blender or food processor and transfer to a bowl. Let the dough rest in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
- In a medium pan over low-medium heat, sauté the diced onions and scotch bonnet (or habanero) pepper with a bit of oil. Sauté until the onion is translucent. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Next add in the Alpha Foods Plant Based Beef Crumbles, mixing them in with the peppers and onion.
- Once the crumbles begin to thaw a bit, add in the seasonings, bread crumbs, and vegetable broth. Stir until combined. Cook for about 3-4 minutes then remove from heat.
- Remove the dough from the fridge. On a clean counter surface, sprinkle with 1-2 tbsp of flour to keep the dough from sticking. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a medium thin layer and cut out circles (mine were 5 inches in diameter).
- Preheat oven to 375°
- Once as many possible circles have been cut, gently form a ball with the remaining dough, then roll out the dough again and cut more circles. Repeat as necessary.
- Spoon about 1-1½ tbsp of the filling into each disc. Dip your finger in water and lightly dab the outside of the disc to help seal the edges. Fold over the disc to create a half circle shape. Use a fork to press down the edges.
- Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all discs have been filled.
- Bake the patties for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned. Enjoy!