The Jamaican spinach patties recipe is a staple snack in the region. It consists of a light flaky crust, filled with a prepared spinach filling made with spinach, onions, herbs, and seasoning. Although in Jamaica, they are better known as callaloo patties. Callaloo is a famous Jamaican dish mainly made with a dark green leafy vegetable.
You know we love spinach here at Yogi Nutrition, so I just had to try and make these!
Jamaican Spinach Patties, aka Callaloo Patties
For the filling
- 4 cups spinach, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 green onions
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 medium tomato, chopped
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp water
For the crust
- 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 cup cold water
To make the filling
- Rinse and drain the spinach
- In a pan, add the oil and heat it
- Add the onion, garlic, spring onion, thyme, tomato, and cayenne pepper
- Cook until onion is translucent
- Add the spinach and water, cook on low heat until wilted
- Mix everything together to combine properly
- Turn off the heat and allow the filling to cool completely
To make the crust
- In a bowl, combine the flour, almond flour, flax seeds, salt, curry powder, and baking powder
- Mix it all together
- Add the butter and cut it into the flour using a pastry cutter or your fingers
- It should be dry and crumbly for now
- Add cold water and mix it to form a dough ball
- Cover the dough and keep it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
To make the patties
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spraying lightly with oil
- Take the dough out of the refrigerator and divide it into eight pieces
- Roll out each piece into a circle
- Place a heaping tablespoon full of the prepared filling in the center of the circle
- Fold in half and press down the sides using a fork to seal it in
- Once the dough is filled, place the prepared patties onto the baking sheet
- Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown
- Take out of the oven and serve while warm!
If you haven’t tried the Jamaican spinach patties recipe before, you’re missing out big time. They’re snacks made with a flaky crust, filled with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings. You can even make patties made with minced chicken or beef and there are patties made with potatoes and legumes as well.
Recipes From Around The World!
You can often run out of ideas for healthy meals when limiting yourself to a certain cuisine. Make it more versatile by switching it up once in a while and trying healthy recipes from around the world! Here they are:
- Spicy Thai Chilli Quinoa Bowl
- Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Stew
- Afghan Spinach
- Indian Almond Butter Chicken
- Irish Salmon
Why You Should Eat Spinach More Often
Like all leafy green vegetables, spinach is a wonderful source of nutrients that we need for a healthy gut and body. Here are a few benefits of spinach:
- It has low calories but high nutrition, making it the perfect ingredient for people that want a light yet nutritious food to sustain a healthy diet
- Contains bone-forming vitamin K, visual health-boosting vitamin A, and immunity-building vitamin C!
- It contains folate and iron, major nutrients responsible for making healthy blood in our bodies!
- It has kaempferol and quercetin, which are antioxidants that help to protect our bodies against cancer and other environmental toxins
- The anti-inflammatory properties of spinach help it promote brain health and prevent age-related neurodegeneration
- It helps keep your blood pressure within normal limits
To get the most out of your spinach, make sure to follow these tips:
- Chop it up to release more lutein
- The less you cook it the better. Overcooking spinach results in loss of precious nutrients
- Consuming spinach in its raw form is the best. Try to incorporate it into smoothies if eating raw leaves ain’t your thing
The best way to add more spinach to your diet is by adding it to your side dishes. We love flash-fried spinach, creamed spinach, and a refreshing spinach salad.
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