Virgin Islands Pates Recipe

Virgin Islands Pates Recipe

How To Make Virgin Islands Pates

This pates recipe is basically a delicious fried pastry filled with ground meat, lots of vegetables, and spices inspired by flavors of the Virgin Islands.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Rest Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 55 minutes



  • 4cupsflour
  • 2tspsalt
  • 2tspsugar
  • 2tspbaking powder
  • ½cupshortening,cold
  • 1cupcold water,plus 2 tbsp, divided
  • 1onion,chopped
  • 1bell pepper,chopped
  • 1stalkcelery,chopped
  • 5clovesgarlic,minced
  • salt and pepper,to taste
  • 1tsporegano,dried
  • 1tspparsley,dried
  • 1tspthyme,dried
  • 2tbsptomato paste
  • ½Scotch bonnet pepper,minced
  • 1lblean ground beef
  • 4cupsoil,for frying


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar.

  2. Add the cold shortening and water, and mix until evenly incorporated, but still crumbly.

  3. Transfer the dough onto a work surface and knead for about 1 minute until the dough just comes together.

  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let it rest for 1 hour at room temperature.

  5. Heat a skillet on medium high with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

  6. Add the onion, bell peppers, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, dried oregano, dried parsley, dried thyme, and the scotch bonnet pepper, and cook for about 10 minutes until all the vegetables are soft and slightly caramelized.

  7. Add the tomato paste and cook for about 5 minutes until aromatic and slightly caramelized.

  8. Add the ground beef. Cook for about 15 minutes until the meat is browned.

  9. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  10. Unwrap the rested dough and roll it out on a work surface until ⅛-inch in thickness.

  11. Using an inverted 6-inch wide bowl, cut out circles of the dough to set aside. Remove the excess and re-roll it to cut out more dough circles.

  12. Take a dough circle and place ½ cup of the filling into the center of the circle, leaving about 1½-inches of room around the edges.

  13. Dip a finger in water and brush the edge of the dough. Fold the dough over the filling to meet the opposite end, and press the dough ends together to form a half-moon shape.

  14. Firmly press down the two edges to become one, and decorate the new crust with the prongs of a fork. Make sure the pastry is completely sealed.

  15. Preheat fryer oil in a large pot on high heat to 350 degrees F.

  16. Place the pates into the heated deep fryer, one at a time, and fry for about 5 minutes or until they puff up and the outside turns golden brown.

  17. Remove from the fryer and let them drain on a wire rack or paper towel-lined plate.

  18. Enjoy!


  • Calories: 1964.96kcal
  • Fat: 178.53g
  • Saturated Fat: 20.88g
  • Trans Fat: 3.71g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 105.78g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 46.49g
  • Carbohydrates: 71.54g
  • Fiber: 3.84g
  • Sugar: 4.14g
  • Protein: 22.62g
  • Cholesterol: 53.68mg
  • Sodium: 979.56mg
  • Calcium: 165.30mg
  • Potassium: 469.69mg
  • Iron: 3.20mg
  • Vitamin A: 41.60µg
  • Vitamin C: 29.75mg
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