Gluten-Free (Vegan) Jamaican Patties

The Jamaican patty.  The most well-known Jamaican culinary export. Flaky crust. Beef that oozes into your mouth. Lunchtime favourite. Roadside snack.  It would be almost a travesty if the patty were not accessible to everyone — and especially those who follow a special diet.  But such has been the case for years.

Vegan patties are slowly making their way into the market, but I couldn’t find a gluten-free patty for the life of me.  So I set out to create my own.

Jamaican patties typically have a beef or vegetable filling.  But anybody who’s ever had a Jamaican patty knows that they can be filled with pretty much anything — from curry goat to ackee and saltfish.

Below, my friends, is the Jamaican patty with options for vegan and non-vegan fillings.  I invite you to be creative and try conjuring up some fillings of your own.

You’re welcome. 🙂

Patty Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 for 1 Baking Flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp curry powder or turmeric
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (cold/solidified is best)
  • 1 cup to 1 1/4 cup ice-cold water

 

Non-Vegan Fillings

Beef Filling

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers (de-seeded), optional
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Saute beef with onion and salt (I typically don’t add oil when I’m cooking ground beef because the beef has enough fat already. I let it cook in its own fate). Add other seasonings. Cook until there is no more “pinkness” visible.

Curry Goat Filling

For the recipe click here.

Vegan Fillings

Lentil

  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce/tamari or Worchestire sauce
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers (de-seeded), optional
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Cook brown lentils according to package directions and add seasonings.

TVP (Texturized Vegetable Protein)

Same as above. I find TVP to be the one vegan product that most mimics ground beef.  Soak your TVP (according to package directions) and then cook them adding the seasonings below:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce/tamari or Worchestire sauce
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks scallion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers (de-seeded), optional
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Coconut Curry, Pumpkin, Kale, Carrot, Cabbage

  • 4 cups frozen kale (or fresh)
  • 2 cups green cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups carrot, shredded
  • 2 cups of pumpkin, cooked and chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp curry seasoning
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose seasoning
  • salt to taste

Here’s how to make them:

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To Buy Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 for 1 Baking Flour,click below:

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Gluten-Free Saltfish Fritters

Going to Jamaica made me really crave the foods that I grew up with but that I’ve since sworn off since going gluten-free.  I loved having saltfish fritters growing up, but I hadn’t eaten it in years because it wasn’t gluten-free (it’s made with a batter).

I thank my lucky stars that I was able to change that!

Here it is, in all of its gluten-free fabulosity.  In my next trick, I’m going to try and see if I can make these babies paleo!

Ingredients

1/2 pound salted codfish

1 tbsp ketchup (optional)

1 cup rice flour

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 cup cold water

2 stalks of green onion/scallion/spring onions

1 tsp thyme

1 tomato, chopped,

1/2 salt (optional)

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 egg

1 scotch bonnet pepper, chopped (optional)

cayenne/black pepper (to taste)

Here’s how to make ’em:


How to Make Jamaican Curry Goat

The Huffington Post recently published an article saying that “goat meat could save our food system, but we’re too afraid to eat it.” We who? 😂

Goat meat is popular in many cultures — including the Caribbean — but I realize that not a lot of people are familiar with goat meat or mutton.

So today I’m inviting you into my humble kitchen to show you one popular way that goat is often eaten in Jamaica 🇯🇲: #currygoat. I talk about where to buy it and even show you how to clean it — as well as cook it of course. 😊

Ingredients:

4 lbs goat meat

4 tablespoons Jamaican curry seasoning

2 tsp salt

3 cloves garlic

1 onion, chopped

3 potatoes, chopped