15 Jun Chef Eric's Jamaican Chicken Patties
We are pleased to present a special recipe from Chef Eric, a graduate and long-time staff member of The Doe Fund. Eric is the lead instructor of our ACF-Certified training program, which prepares formerly homeless and incarcerated men for gainful employment in the food service industry. We are grateful for Eric’s commitment to the men we serve, and are proud to offer our readers Eric’s original take on a Jamaican classic.
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1 ¾ pound all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons ground turmeric
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
¾ pound salted butter, softened
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
10 ounces onions
4 ounces garlic
3 ounces jalapeno peppers
1 ½ pounds ground chicken
8 ounces tomato
½ bunch cilantro
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoon ground allspice
2 ¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 ounces chicken stock
Combine the flour, turmeric, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Add butter, and mix using a wooden spoon. Add water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until dough forms. Wrap the dough, and refrigerate for one hour.
Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over medium high heat. Add onions, garlic, and jalapenos, and sauté until soft. Add chicken, tomatoes, thyme, cilantro, cumin, allspice, salt, and pepper. Cook until the chicken is lightly browned. Add stock and continue to cook for 20 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat, and let cool.
Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Remove dough from the refrigerator, and roll it out the dough on a floured surface. Cut the dough into 8 inch circles. Gather the scraps, reroll, and cut. Brush one side of the dough with an egg wash. Place two tablespoons of chicken in the middle of each dough circle. Fold the dough over the chicken so that the dry side and the egg-washed side meet and form a pattie. Crimp edges with a fork, and brush the top of each patty with egg wash. Bake patties in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until they are golden brown. Remove from the oven, let cool, serve, and enjoy!