Bittersweet is the first day of autumn. As the temperature drops, leaves change colour, and the sun slowly fades, it’s natural to gravitate toward the cozies of baked sweets, hot drinks and comfort foods. When thinking of comfort foods I imagine nostalgic dishes from my childhood including favourites like saucy curries, spicy patties and flaky pot pies that hug my soul and warm my senses. There’s a familiarity, a sense of bliss and a return home in these flavours, and fusing them together into Curried Pork Patty Pies is a wonderful way to celebrate the fall season.
The ultimate Sunday task, this labour of love comfort dish is sparked in the time it takes from beginning to end; and what we love most is its compact vessel and stacking ability perfect for freezing and baking at a later time.
Freezing Tip: Lay your Curried Pot Patty Pies on a cooling rack and place in the freezer. Then once cold, toss them in a reusable container back into the freezer, grabbing and baking as necessary.
Combining rustic European meat pies with spicy Caribbean patties, these Curried Pork Patty Pies are made with ghee providing the flakiness of a shortening crust and the melt in your mouth sensation of butter (and that’s just the first bite). Inside every bite oozes a curry, all spice and firecracker of a scotch bonnet pepper pork filling, the definite star of the dish from duBreton. Organic and Certified Humane, duBreton is a world leading pork specialist, priding themselves on raising crate free, antibiotic free and GMO free fed animals. Synonymous with our real food promise, they make thoughtful and responsible choices when raising their animals, respecting the animals’ natural development and environment.
Curried Pork Patty Pies
PREP TIME | 30 minutes
COOK TIME | 45 minutes
INGREDIENTS | Makes 16 servings
- 4 cups pastry flour
- 2 tsp caribbean style curry powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 ¼ cups ghee – chilled in the fridge a minimum of 2 hours
- 1 cup ice water, divided
- Egg wash – 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 lbs duBreton Extra Lean Organic Ground Pork
- 3 tbsp Caribbean style curry powder
- 2 tsp roasted cumin powder (geera)
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
- 2 scotch bonnet peppers, finely minced
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
- 3 tbsp ketchup
- 2 cups water, divided
No. 1 | In a large bowl whisk together pastry flour, curry powder and salt. Add the ghee and mix into the flour with a fork or your hands until you have mini pea sized pieces. Pour in ¾ of the water and combine until absorbed. Add additional water, one tablespoon at a time, until a dough forms. You want a consistency allow you to pull small piece of dough without it breaking apart. Divide the dough in two, wrap in plastic, and place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
No. 2 | Preheat a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Being careful not to crowd the pan, add golf ball sized chunks of pork to the hot skillet. Allow to sear for 2 minutes then give the pork a light mix. Allow to cook for an additional minute. Place in a bowl, remove the excess fat from the pan and repeat until all the pork is cooked.
No. 3 | Using the same skillet as the pork, heat the ghee on medium high heat. In a small bowl mix together the curry powder, cumin, allspice, and salt with ¼ cup of water. Carefully pour the spice mixture into the pan. Stir and toast for 30 secs. Add the onions, scotch bonnets, garlic, and thyme and saute for 2 minutes. Add the pork into the skillet with all its juices and cook until the meat is cooked through. Stir in the ketchup and water. Bring to a boil, lower to medium and cook until almost all the water is evaporated, about 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a minimum of 15 minutes.
No. 4 | Working with one half of the dough, roll it out on a lightly flour dusted work surface. You want the dough to be about thickness of a loonie (that’s two quarters thick for our American friends). Cut out into 3-4” rounds. Place two tablespoons of the filling in the centre of a dough round. Dip your finger and water and wet the outsides of the dough. Top with another dough round and crimp the edges together with a fork. Place on parchment and repeat with remaining patties. Brush with an egg wash (one egg beaten with 2 tablespoons of water). You can freeze your patties at this point by placing them on a pan and allowing them 1 hour in the freezer. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag or container.
No. 5 | To cook, preheat the oven to 400°. Cook on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20 minutes if making right away or 30 minutes if cooking from frozen.
Chef Sous Chef
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by duBreton. All opinions are our own.