So on Friday nights we bowl! Some nights I am good, other nights I SUCK! A few weeks ago I made a bet with a friend that if he scored higher than me for the night-I would eat a burger from 5 Guys Burger & Fries. Now some may ask why a strict vegan would make a daring bet like this, well bottom line-I knew I was going to win. So in return I bet my friend, who is very unhealthy to say the least, that if I won, he would eat a vegan meal prepared by ME! So now he is a lucky man and I owe him a meal, but I want to make him something great-so he knows vegan food can be good too. I have decided I will prepare Jamaican Veggie Patties from the cookbook: Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry. I made them awhile ago and they were sssoooo good! Here is the recipe:
Jamaican Veggie Patties Recipe
1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 cup 1/4-inch-diced yellow onion 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/8 teaspoon cayenne Coarse sea salt 2 larges cloves garlic, minced 3/4 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-diced carrots 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-diced yellow potatoes 1/2 cup fresh green peas (or frozen) 1/2 cup sweet fresh corn (or frozen) 1/2 cup shredded cabbage 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
Pastry: 1 3/4 cups unbleached flour 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour 2 teaspoons turmeric 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 3/4 cup chilled coconut oil 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons ice water
For the filling: In a medium-size saute pan over medium-low heat, combine the coconut oil, the onion cinnamon, allspice, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Saute, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are caramelized. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk, carrots, and potatoes, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the carrots and potatoes are tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in the green peas, corn, cabbage, thyme, and lemon juice, cover, and cook for 3 minutes more. Season with additional salt and the white pepper (or to taste) and set aside to allow the flavors to marry.
For the pastry: Combine 1 1/2 cups of the white flour with the pastry flour, turmeric, and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Set the remaining 1/4 cup white flour aside. Add the coconut butter to the flour mixture and rub with your fingertip until the mixture resembles fine sand, about 10 minutes (hs note: I've also make this dough by pulsing ingredients in a food processor with good results).
Combine the vinegar and water and mix well. Then, without overworking the dough, add the vinegar mixture by the tablespoon, while stirring, just until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and begins to coalesce. Squeeze into a tight ball, flatten, cover in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350F and remove the dough from the refrigerator.
With the reserved flour, lightly dust a clean surface, roll out the dough until it is about 1/8 inch thick. Cut six 6-inch circles from the dough (you can use a bowl). Spoon 2 heaping tablespoons of the filling onto the center of one side of each circle, leaving about a 1/8-inch border. Fold the other half over to make a half-moon, press to seal, and make ridges around the edge using a fork. (hs note: if your dough is at all on the dry side you may need to run wet fingers around the edge of the circles to help get a good seal).
Transfer the patties to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serve immediately with some hot sauce.