Haitian Patties

Peggy Joseph Shabazz El-Bey


These delicacies are a combination of crunch and good buttery, flaky dough. Beef filling can be replaced with chicken, codfish(morue), smoked herring or any other filling of your liking.


★★★★★ 1 vote

10 - 12
30 Min
1 Hr 30 Min


Add to Grocery List


1 lb
ground beef
1 medium
onion, diced
3 clove
garlic minced
scotch bonnet pepper (habanero pepper), chopped
1 medium
shallot, diced
1/4 tsp
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
1 tsp
lime juice
1/2 c
1 tsp
white vinegar
1/2 tsp
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp
adobo seasoning salt
1 Tbsp
tomato paste
2 tsp
olive oil


1 c
cold water
3 c
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
1 Tbsp
white vinegar
1 c
lard (manteca) or substitute with 1 c. of vegetable shortening and 1/4 c. butter mixed together (at room temperature)
egg yolk, beaten

How to Make Haitian Patties


  • 1First, prepare the filling. In mortar pound to paste the parsley, thyme, rosemary, scotch bonnet pepper, shallot, and garlic.
  • 2Over medium heat, in a skillet or saucepan, Heat olive oil. Add onions and seasoning mixture. Stir-fry for 1 minute until softened.
  • 3Add the meat and simmer covered over medium heat for about 10 minutes with lemon juice and 1/2 c of water white vinegar, freshly ground black pepper and Adobo seasoning salt until meat is tender and water is absorbed. Stir constantly. Filling is ready when all liquid is absorbed.
  • 4Add tomato paste to meat mixture and stir well, over medium heat until meat is medium brown.
  • 5Mix the salt in with 2 cups of flour in a mixing bowl. Make a hole in the center. Pour in water and vinegar. Mix lightly using your hands. Generously dust surface area. Knead until dough is firm and slightly sticky to make a soft dough. Roll the dough into a ball. Wrap it up in plastic wrap. Place the dough in refrigerator 30 minutes.
  • 6If using lard skip to next step.

    Mix together shortening, butter and rest of the flour. (1 c.) It will form a soft paste that is easy to spread.
  • 7Spread the lard or shortening mix generously.Take the chilled dough and roll it into a rectangle 1/4 inch thick. Leaving a one inch margin around the edge, spread the butter mix over 2/3 of the dough. Fold the dough into thirds like you were folding a letter, starting with the portion of dough with no butter. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the dough to relax, and so the butter doesn't get displaced when rolling out again.
  • 8Roll out the dough again to a rectangle which 3 times longer than large. Take one end of the dough and fold it two-thirds of the dough's length toward the other end. Now, take the other end and fold it the opposite way. You should now have three layers of dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out again, but move the rolling pin along the folded sides (i.e. turn the dough 90 degrees). Repeat process up to 5 times.
    Refrigerate dough overnight.
  • 9Preheat oven at 400 F. Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven.
  • 10Roll the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 1/2 inch rounds or rectangles. Place a tablespoonful of beef on one side of the dough rounds or rectangles. Fold and lightly press ends together with fork.
  • 11Place the patties on a baking sheet. Brush the tops and edges of the patties with egg yolk before placing in the oven.
  • 12Bake until golden brown, around 45 minutes.

Printable Recipe Card

About Haitian Patties

Show 5 Comments & Reviews

13 Addicting Nacho Recipes

13 Addicting Nacho Recipes

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Cheesy, yummy, absolute amazingness! Needless to say, we kinda sorta really love nachos :)

Football Munchies To Put You On The Winning Team Recipe

Football Munchies to Put You on the Winning Team

Kitchen Crew

It's the most glorious time of the year... football season! Suddenly Sunday's (and Saturday's in some parts of the country) take on a whole new meaning. Days are scheduled by...

8 Cranberry Recipes Popping With Flavor

8 Cranberry Recipes Popping With Flavor

Kitchen Crew @JustaPinch

Cranberries aren't just for sauce anymore. We've found 8 cranberry recipes that shine a spotlight on this tart treat.