I think these Jamaican Patty Pies are perfect to make and take on beach picnics. Sit your bum on the sand, open up your picnic hamper and behold these golden hand pies. Now to eat them, just hold them in your hands between a napkin , close your eyes and bite in. Nice.
I know what you are going to say, we can't see whats on the inside. I am so sorry, sometimes greed comes first. I promise the next time I make these to try and remember to take a photograph of the colourful filling: gold, red and green.
I am sharing one of these vegan Jamaican Pattie Pies with Vanesther at Bangers and Mash who is hosting Junes edition of The Spice Trail: Cumin and; My Legume Love Affair #72 as it contains kidney beans. MLLA as it is known to its fans, is a popular, legume-centred event was created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, who is also this months host. It is now run by Lisa of Lisa's Kitchen; and finally, Junes edition of Family Foodies hosted by Louisa at Eat Your Veg and Vanesther at Bangers and Mash.
Makes 6 - 8
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
1medium onion, peeled and finely sliced
200g carrots, peeled and diced
250g sweet potatoes or butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes
3 peppers, red, green and yellow, deseeded and diced
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 generous teaspoon cumin powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon all-spice powder
200g can sweetcorn, drained and rinsed
400g cooked kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Heat oil and then add in sliced onions and saute until translucent. Then add in the diced carrots and sweet potatoes or butternut squash if using. Cook on moderate heat, stirring constantly until beginning to appear translucent, stir in the peppers and thyme, spices and continue cooking until all the vegetables are tender. Stir in the sweetcorn and kidney beans, salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for a few minutes for the flavours to blend. Turn off heat and allow to cool.
Now make the pastry
You have three choices for the pastry.
For ease, you can use shop bought puff pastry or shortcrust pastry – in which case pour the filling into a casserole and top with the pastry and cook according to packet instructions.
Or you can make your own shortcrust pastry.
For all these recipes please add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme to the pastry just before kneading.
You can make you own hot water crust pastry. Follow here for the recipe. For individual pies, see here.
Preheat the oven to gas mark 5.
Fill the pastry and top with lid.
Bake for 30 - 40 minutes depending on the size of your shortcrust or hot water crust pastry pie(s). Allow to cool, before serving.