Jamaican Beef Patties


1 lg onion (or 2 sm), cut into chunks
2 scallions, trimmed
1 lg scotch bonnet pepper, seeded (or 2 sm)
2 1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 cn beef broth
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp black pepper or to taste
2 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs

8 cup allpurpose flour
1 tbsp & 1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp salt
2 cup margarine, butter or other
solid vegetable shortening
12 to 18 tbsp ice water

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 400 F. Make pastry in Cuisinart or with pastry blender or knives in a bowl. Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
Put onion, scallions, and pepper in Cuisinart and grind up. heat oil in a lg pot; mix meat and vegetables thoroughly, then saute in the oil, breaking up chunks. Cook until it is brown (about 5 min.). Stir in spices and beef broth. Cover loosely and simmer for 30 min, letting the liquid boil off. Add bread crumbs and salt to taste; the mixture should be moist but not wet. Roll pastry 3/8″ thick, cut into 48 4″ circles, fill as halfmoon shapes and seal with a fork. Put on baking sheet. Bake 20-30 min. (or until cooked) at 400.

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