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Feb 5, 2013 10:41 AM

Jamaican Patty Go-Withs

I know this is not necessarily traditional, but I'd like to serve some type of dipping sauce or chutney with cocktail-sized Jamaican beef patties. I'm coming up empty on ideas. Any suggestions?

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  1. I love beef patties with cheese. Perhaps a spicy cheese dip along the lines of queso, but with Pickapeppa, cream cheese and scotch bonnets would fit the theme. The coco bread that sometimes accompanies patties also leads me to think that a coconut chutney would work.

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    1. re: JungMann

      I like the idea of the Jamaica queso sauce. It seems so wrong and yet so right. Coco bread, though, doesn't actually have any coconut in it. I have no idea where the name comes from, but it's generally a milk and butter based white bread, although I have seen one recipe that adds coconut milk...

      1. re: rockycat

        I had no idea about the coco bread. The bread I get in NYC has a slight coconut flavor so I just assumed it correlated with the name.

      2. re: JungMann

        I'm puzzled. Why would bread accompany a Jamaican Patty? It's already got crust and if it's authentic, it's got bread crumbs in the filling.Just curious.

        1. re: gsElsbeth

          In my experience, admittedly limited to many vacations in Negril, the "patty-men" that walk the beach and the little storefronts that sell patties also sell coco bread. I see a lot of people (hubby and I included) buying a patty each, and then a coco bread to share. Buttery, dense, yummy coco bread. Yum.

          1. re: gsElsbeth

            Sometimes you just want your carbs on carbs. Coco bread swaddled around a patty can also tame some of the heat while providing an inexpensive source of sustenance.

            1. re: JungMann

              I often see people order coco bread to wrap around the patty, to avoid burning their fingers or getting grease on their hands. It's GOOOOOD.

              1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                Very popular where I grew up in Queens. But since then, I have married Jamaican, and while harddough is always welcomed, I wouldn't try a dipping sauce.

        2. What about concocting a jerk dipping sauce? Jerk rub or marinade (we like Walkerswood the best) mixed with some Greek yogurt or sour cream?

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          1. re: iowagirl

            This is the correct answer! Beef patties dunked into jerk sauce is crazy awesome.

          2. the resort where we stay on St Lucia serves Jamaican beef patties at some of the cocktail parties - with Baron's hot sauce for dipping:

            1. Funny, I make both Jamaican patties and meat samosas and it has never occurred to me to have a dipping sauce for the patties but with the samosas I use pickapeppa and duck sauce (I know not authentic, but somehow it works). Maybe a mint chutney?

              1. Peel, cube & dice a mango; place in a pan with a piece of parchment or baking paper...roast for 10 minutes. Add to a food processor with fresh ginger, some lightly toasted coconut, cumin, salt and a small squeeze of lime. Puree. Scrape into a bowl; stir in thinly sliced scallions and some minced hot pepper (jalapeno, habanero, ghost, whatever you like or not). Serve with the patties. If you can find cocktail sized coco bread, it is a must for the experience. IMO, queso will ruin it.

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                1. re: Cherylptw

                  That's very similar to what I was thinking in the first place. I guess I just didn't have the guts to go with it.