Jamaican Greens-Stuffed Patties

These fantastic phyllo triangles are packed with Swiss chard, garlic, scallions and bell pepper, with a Scotch bonnet chile for heat. The recipe is adapted from one by acclaimed Jamaican singer and caterer Suzanne Couch.

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  • Servings: Makes 2 dozen
KEY: Jamaican, Vegetarian, Appetizers, Dinner, Dinner Party, Lunch, Staff Favorite

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  • 1/2 each green, red and yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed 
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, stemmed and halved
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped (21 lightly packed cups)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 30 sheets phyllo dough, from 2 packages (see Note)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water

How to make this recipe

  1. In a food processor, combine the bell peppers with the chopped scallions, garlic, onion and Scotch bonnet. Pulse until very finely chopped.
  2. In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the chopped vegetable mixture and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat, 
stirring occasionally, until the 
vegetables are softened and just starting to brown, about 
8 minutes. Stir in one-third of the Swiss chard at a time; cover and cook over moderate heat until the greens are tender and any liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes per batch. Remove from the heat and stir in the cream cheese until incorporated. Season the filling with salt and pepper. Scrape the 
filling into a bowl and let cool completely, then refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Lay 1 sheet of the phyllo on a work surface with a long side facing you. Lightly brush the phyllo with melted butter and lay another sheet on top. Repeat the brushing and stacking until you have a stack of 5 buttered sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut the phyllo crosswise into four 4-by-12-inch strips. Cover the remaining phyllo with a damp towel.
  4. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the filling in a corner of 1 phyllo strip, 1/2 inch from the top; fold the opposite corner over the filling to form a triangle. Continue folding the triangle down and over itself until you reach the end of the strip. Transfer the patty to a prepared baking sheet and brush with melted butter. Repeat Steps 3 and 
4 with the remaining phyllo dough and filling.

  5. Brush the patties with the egg wash. Using a paring knife, make slits 1/2 inch apart across the top of each patty; be careful not to cut through to the filling. Bake for about 25 minutes, until browned, shifting the pans halfway through baking. Let 
cool for 5 minutes before serving.


If necessary, stack and trim your phyllo sheets to 12-by-16 inches.

Suggested Pairing

BEER: Spiced, citrusy wheat beer.

Contributed By Photo © Paul Costello Published December 2015

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