Haitian Patty Recipe

Published on June 25th 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on April 1st 2024
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Overview of a plate of Haitan patties

Haitian Patties are one of Haiti's greatest street foods. The dough is flaky and buttery as it's made from a dough that's similar to puff pastry. The filling can range from chicken, fish, and pork. However, we settled on a delicious beef filling flavored with fresh thyme, garlic, onions, green onions, salt, pepper, and scotch bonnet peppers. These Haitian patties are light, flaky, perfectly golden, and flavorful. They're the perfect food to brighten up your day. Wash down with a refreshing cold glass of Caribbean Fruit Punch.


Can I freeze Haitian patties?

Yes, you can freeze Haitian patties. Place Haitian patties onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze them for 4 hours until they are solid. Wrap the Haitian patties individually with plastic wrap and place them into a Ziploc bag. Label the patties with today's date and the dish's name and freeze them for 2–3 months. 


How do you cook frozen Haitian patties?

To cook frozen Haitian patties, preheat your oven to 350 °F. Remove the Haitian patties from the freezer and place them onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake the Haitian cakes for 30–40 minutes until golden brown. 


How many calories are in a Haitian Patty?

There are 170 calories in each Haitian patty. 


How to square fold Haitian Patty?

Once you have cut the dough into pieces, place one tablespoon of filling onto each piece of dough. Then fold half the dough over the filling and pinch the edges together to seal the Haitian patty.  


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Time & Serves

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
60 mins
10-12 persons


Patty Dough:
  • 2 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour


  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 


  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder 


  • 1 cup Water


  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, softened

Beef Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil


  • 1 medium White Onion, diced


  • 1 medium Red Bell Pepper, diced 


  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced



  • 3 medium Green Onions, minced 


  • 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar 


  • 1 teaspoon Salt 


  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper 


  • 1 teaspoon Paprika 


  • 1/2 Scotch Bonnet Pepper, minced 


  • 1/2 teaspoon Fresh Thyme


  • 1 pound Ground Beef


  • 1/4 cup Water 


  • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste

  • 1 large Egg 


  • 2 tablespoons Water 


Patty Dough:

Whisk the gluten-free all-purpose flour, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl. Add the water to the gluten-free flour mixture and mix until a dough forms. 


Overview of patty dough ingredients being mixed in a bowl

Dust your countertop with flour and place the dough onto the floured surface. Knead the patty dough until it is firm but slightly sticky.

Dough being kneaded on a floured countertop

Shape it into a ball, wrapping the patty dough with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 15 minutes. 


A ball of patty dough on a countertop

Dust your countertop with more flour, then roll the patty dough out using a rolling pin into a rectangle that is 1/8-inch thick.

Overview of a rectangle of dough on a countertop

Spread the softened butter over the patty dough, leaving a 1-inch border. 


Butter being spread onto a rectangle of dough

Bring one side of the patty dough to the middle, then pull the free edge over the dough to fold it like a letter.


A folded piece of dough on a floured countertop

Repeat steps 5 and 6. Wrap the patty dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate it overnight.

Patty dough on a countertop wrapped in plastic wrap
Beef Filling:

To a large skillet, add olive oil, and set it over medium-high heat. Next, add the onions and red bell peppers and cook them for 4 minutes until they soften. 


Overview of a pan of onions and pepper being sauteed

Add the garlic, green onions, apple cider vinegar, salt, black pepper, paprika, scotch bonnet pepper, and thyme, and cook for 1 minute until fragrant. 


Spices and herbs being added to a pan of patty filling

Add the ground beef and cook for 5 minutes, breaking it into smaller pieces using your cooking spoon. 


Ground beef being added to a pan of patty filling

Add the water and tomato paste, and cook it for 3–5 minutes until the beef is tender and the water evaporates. Remove the meat filling from the heat, setting it aside until ready to use. 


Patty filling in a pan on the stovetop

Preheat the oven to 375 °F. Remove the dough from the fridge, roll the patty dough out into a rectangle that is 1/8 inch thick. 


Patty dough being rolled out on a countertop

Cut the patty dough in half lengthwise.  


A rectangle of dough being cut in half.

Next, cut the dough in half widthwise. 

Patty being cut in half widthwise

Next, cut each section of dough into 3, creating 12 even rectangles. 

12 rectangles of dough on a floured countertop

Place 1 heaping tablespoon of the beef filling into the center of the patty dough. 



Patty filling being added to a rectangle of dough

Whisk the eggs and water together in a bowl before brushing the edges and folding the dough over the filling. 


Overview of a Haitian patty being assembled.

Use a fork to press and seal the patty edges closed. 

Patties being sealed on the edges using a fork

Next, repeat steps 4 and 5 until there are 12 Haitian patties. Place the patties onto a floured board or tray placing them into the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes. 


Completed patties on a cutting board.

Place the Haitian patties onto one or two foil or parchment-lined baking sheets, and brush the Haitian patties with the egg mixture. 

Haitian patties being brushed with egg wash on a baking sheet

Bake the patties for 15–20 minutes until golden brown, then let the Haitian patties cool for 10–15 minutes before serving. 

Cooked Haitian patties cooling on a baking sheet
Sarah Leadon

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon