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Pastechi di karni – minced meat pies

by jurinoignacio

Pastechi is the Antillean version of a delicious, filled pastry. From a thin layer of soda-dough and a large spoonful of filling, we conjure up these tasty, deep-fried snacks in no time.

Pastechi for breakfast?

In the Antilles you can find the pastchi at bakers or snack bars. They are usually a bigger size than you get at a party. You can find this version especially in the morning, because the ‘with us’ is a kind of takeaway breakfast. Very tasty of course… but maybe not so good to eat every day.

Pastechi at a party

Everyone loves our pastries! Whether you like them best with minced meat .. tuna .. or just with cheese .. I have to meet the first person who is not crazy about this little snack. At a party, the piechi are made smaller. Usually they have a diameter of about 10-12 centimeters. To fold up the pastechi, you can use a special shape (as in the video below!). You can find this form (among other things) at bol.com.

Pastechi’s are ideal as a snack or as part of an Antillean buffet. From this recipe you make about 20-25 small pastchi.

Recipe for pastechi di karni

You make our traditional pastechi in two parts: first the filling and then the dough. Finally, deep-fry the stuffed pies until they are golden and cooked.


  • 500 grams minced beef
  • 1 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of raisins
  • 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Scotch Bonnet pepper, finely chopped
  • Soy sauce and black pepper to taste


Melt the butter in a large frying pan and then add all the ingredients, WITHOUT the meat.

Stir well and regularly until the onion and celery are softened.

Then add the meat and fry until it is done and the whole is well mixed.


  • 500 gr wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon (16 gr) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 200 ml of water


Put all the ingredients, except the water, in a bowl and then mix everything well with a spoon. Then add the water little by little to get a nice dough. (possibly you can add a little more water)

Now, knead the dough for about 5 minutes, until it is supple.

Roll out the dough until it is about 3 mm thick. Then, with a large glass or small bowl, round out the dough and fill it with a full teaspoon of the filling *

Brush the edges of the circle with some water and fold the dough double. Then press the edges well with a fork
Fry the pastchi in oil of about 175 degrees until they are golden. – Enjoy your meal!

Would you like to try…

Crazy about Antillean snacks? Then you must try our famous Johnny Cakes!

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