Welcome to Caribbean Week here on A Simple Life Too! This recipe is inspired by a vacation we had many years ago to Jamaica, while I was still working outside the home and before we had our children. One of my favorite foods while I was there was these Jamaican seasoned veggie (and sometimes meat) patties / pies. They had so much flavor, they filled us up, and purchasing them local, they were only about $1.00 or $2.00 each. My recipe is an easier variation, turning the recipe into a pot pie, vs. making the individual pockets.
Ingredients for the Meat Pie:
1 full (top and bottom) savory whole wheat pie crust – here is a link to a good recipe
2 – 3 Tbs oil
Curry powder or curry paste – 2 to 3 Tbs – depending on spiciness / heat desired and taste. Note that curry pastes are usually spicier / hotter than the powders.
Thyme – 2tsp
Garlic – 3 – 4 crushed cloves
Ginger – 1 – 3 tsp – depending on spiciness / heat tolerance
Salt – 2 tsp
1 cup diced onion
1 lb ground meat – using ground turkey sausage adds flavor
4 cups cabbage
2 cups mixed veggies like diced carrots and peas
1) Make up your pie crust and set aside
2) In a large pan, pot, or wok, heat up your oil.
3) Add all the seasonings / spices and stir for 30 seconds.
4) Add the diced onion and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until onion is translucent.
5) Add the ground meat and cook until browned.
6) Add the cabbage and veggies and cook just until the cabbage starts cooking down.
7) Pull of the heat and let cool for 15 – 20 minutes. If there is more than 1/2 cup liquid (from the cabbage cooking down) you may want to pour the excess off.
8) Roll out pie crust in to a deep dish pie pan or 9X9 or similar casserole dish.
9) Stir the eggs into the mixture, then pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
10) Cook at 400 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes (check it about 35 minutes and test the pie crust for complete cook).
11) Let cool 15 minutes, then serve. Should make 10 to 12 servings.
For the Veggie Only Variation:
Substitute 1 cup of veggies and 1 cup of cabbage for the 1lb of meat.
I hope you enjoy this frugal recipe.
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