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  • avi Jun 18, 2007 08:51 PM
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My son is desperate for Jamaican patties and I am eager to please him. Does anyone know where I might find them?

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  1. costco used to carry frozen jamaican meat patties that were pretty decent. i'm sure they don't hold a candle to fresh or homemade, but still and all they weren't bad.

    1. Last time I was home to visit the folks in Houston, I drove across town to pick up a dozen. We had them at every family gathering growing up, and so I crave them like crazy. Next time I go to Houston, I can pick you up a dozen...

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      1. re: geryon

        What are these patties you guys are talking about? I am curious and they sound great. Geryon, where in Houston do you find them?

        Thanks!

        1. re: Aggiegirl1998

          Aggiegirl, these are little meat pies. The dough is usually a yellow cornmeal with curry and is flakey on the outside and kinda doughy on the inside (from the meat juices). The filling that's most popular is beef, but it comes with chicken and other meats. It's usually got onions and garlic minced and often has curry added to the meat mixture as well.

          1. re: amysuehere

            Yum, they sound awesome. Thanks for the explanation!

      2. The frozen section at Fiesta would be the first place to check. I'm fairly certain I have seen Jamacian items there.

        1. There is a fabulous recipe for these in a book titled "Jamaica (Authentic Recipes from the Jewel of the Caribbean) - periplus books - by John DeMers. I find that these are VERY easy to make and home made is so much better than store bought, chemicalized ones. Incidentally, although these are called "Jamaican" they are Haitian in origin. The crust is a curry-powder infused puff pastry (butter and flour with a tiny tiny bit of soda water), and the filling is a spicy hamburg and breadcrumb filling. Some people splash on hot sauce for more heat. Goes very well with tea (milk & sugar) or ginger beer or shandy (ginger beer and beer - half and half).

          1. you might have to order them i grew up on them but when i moved from ny i couldnt find them then i started to order them from goldenkrust they have the best but the shipping cost more than the patties

            1. bump. any good places for fresh patties? hell, I'd settle for a decent frozen patty!

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              1. re: chrisdds98

                Phoenicia the Middle Eastern grocery on Burnet has them in their frozen food section. Not sure if the south Lamar store has them. Never bought them so cannot comment on quality.

                1. re: chrisdds98

                  on the way home from lunch at Franklin, I stopped off at one love kitchen and picked up some patties and just had them for dinner. The flavor of the beef reminds me of the patties I had as a kid but the pastry wasn't as flaky as I'd like, though this could be due to the microwave reheating process. So far, this is the only place in Austin I've found that sells them fresh so I'll be back

                  1. re: chrisdds98

                    I've bought them frozen at Central Market. However, they haven't had them the past couple of times I've looked. Dunno if they were discontinued or just out of them. They were good.

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                    4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745