Jamaican Pattie Canapes with Bok Choy, Carrot, and Mushroom Slaw

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This is the second dish in the series of recipes from the La Primavera party I threw to celebrate spring and great friends at the end of March. I forgot to mention this before, but the recipes for the Jalapeno-Glazed Tofu, Coconut-Lime Flan, and Cranberry-Ginger Punch can be found in previous Como Water posts.

Originally, these canapes were going to be Jamaican-inspired vegetable patties, but in my world, things do not always come out as planned :). When making the pastry dough, I could feel that I had overworked it (a.k.a. had developed way too much gluten). Sigh. What this translates to practically is tough pastry dough. And no one wants to eat a vegetable pattie with hard pastry dough. So, with the help of my sis (thanks Keyla!!!), we decided to salvage the dish by making crackers instead. We cut the dough out into small circles, baked them off, and topped them with the savoury, super flavorful slaw that I had prepped the day before. The save was perfect. And the crackers were crunchy and snackable in their own right because of the curry and cayenne that I added to the dough. As Thomas Edison said, “when down in the mouth, remember Jonah, he came out all right.” (I’ve been on a quote kick lately… can anyone tell? :)).

Jamaican Pattie Canapes with Bok Choy, Carrot, and Mushroom Slaw (Printable Recipe)

Pastry Ingredients:

4 cups flour

1 teaspoon tumeric

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

2 teaspoons salt

1/4 cup vegetable shortening

1/4 cup cold Earth Balance (in chunks/pats)

1/2 cup ice cold water

Pastry Method:

*Sift flour, tumeric, curry, cayenne and salt. Cut in shortening and Earth Balance until the mixture resembles a course meal. Add ice cold water, just until the dough comes together. Wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour (to overnight).

Slaw Ingredients:

1/2 Vidalia onion–chopped

2 jalapenos–finely diced

4 carrots–grated

15 baby bok choy–trimmed, washed, and chopped

1o button mushrooms–chopped

3 cloves garlic–minced

1/2 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon curry power

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil


Slaw Method:

*Prep all veggies. Add olive oil to large pot over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, mushroom, and carrot. Cook until veggies start to wilt (you may need to drain some of the water given off from the mushrooms). After approximately 10 minutes, add the garlic, a pinch of salt, black pepper, cayenne, curry powder, vinegar, and soy. Cook approximately 5 minutes. Add bok choy stems. Cook 3 minutes, add bok choy leaves. Cook until all veggies are tender. Tweak seasoning if necessary. Let cool.

Putting It Together:

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Add flour to counter or table. Roll out pastry dough to 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick. Cut out circles of desired size from dough. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

*Top with room temperature slaw and serve with fresh parsley.


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Those look awesome! The list of ingredients really packs a lot of flavor, my mouth is watering just reading about it.

  2. Nice save turning the pastry into crackers. I love the touch of curry adding to the layers of flavour in these wonderful little snacks.

  3. Good save! These look lovely!!

  4. What fantastic appetizers….delicious! Love that you were able to salvage the dough and I think crackers work perfectly here 🙂

  5. Mountain of good colorful veggies..wonderful recipe, and I love how you put it all together!

  6. What a healthy and yummy snack! Looks great….

  7. Ooh. You’ve rubbed it in nicely that I wasn’t at this party. It looked so much fun! Lol. Not just gorgeous to look at and delicious but blooming healthy, too.

  8. wow! great save! turned out beautiful, and sounds great to nibble on right about now =]

  9. I love these! I could use these for one of the upcoming dinner parties that I’m putting together!! Thanks for the inspiration, Tiffany!

  10. These look awesome!

  11. Nice save! I bet those crackers were super tasty. I love the pattie recipe too. Of course, I’m all about the beef patties but I can dig on the veggie version for the high health factor 🙂 Do you ever bake it with the slaw inside the patties rather than on top?

    • Yup! That was the original plan… but I was having dough issues, so I made crackers instead!

  12. The sign of a good cook is being able to figure out when you’ve gone wrong and find a solution that works! I think the crackers were a great idea. I’m sure your guests loved this dish 🙂

  13. Looks fantastic! I’m obsessed with bok choy all of the sudden.

  14. These are such unique appetizers, very flavorful! I love the combination for the slaw!

  15. Wow, these little treats look fabulous, great appetizers with all the yummie stuff in it. Hope you are having a great week 🙂

  16. What a DELICIOUS recipe Tiffany. I love bok choy… and these canapes look so pretty, perfect for a dinner party! You have been buzzed!!! 🙂

    • Thanks Manu!

  17. These look delicious! Love the flavors in there too. Yum!

  18. These look amazing Tiff! I love all the yummy veggies. Also, thank you for the kind words you left on my blog. So happy to be your first! (he he)

  19. Nice save! Sometimes cooking “mistakes” like that make even better surprise results. These crackers and slaw sound great!

  20. Hi Tiffany! As I started to read your post I was wondering how it was going to end, but phew, you saved it! It looks fantastic! What a healthy dish with lots of veggies!

  21. These not only look good, but they tasted delicious!

  22. Yummm! what a fresh and beautiful dish! The mushroom slaw sounds really exciting 🙂

  23. These look adorable. I love how they’re loaded with veggies.

  24. Great save with the dough. They seemed to have turned out well. I love the sound of that slaw.

  25. I’m glad it’s not just me who has a nightmare sometimes! As someone said it’s how we learn by making mistakes. These look like a beautiful mistake. Wish I was at that party, the food sounds amazing!!

    • Sometimes? How about all of the time! I feel like every post has a crazy story attached to it! 😀

  26. These sound so delicious and so full of flavor! Not to mention that they are cute :)! Love all the color in them with all the veggies! The perfect appetizer!

  27. Great save! In Jamaica, we have a saying that goes “Turn your hand to make fashion.” It simply means be creative and that you have been with this every step of the way. Kudos!

  28. Thanks for the comments! 😀

  29. Love the idea of putting the spices in the dough. These look really good and something I would like to try. I never know what to do with bok choy other than in a chow mein so this has given me some new ideas. Thanks!

  30. These look delicious! I wish I was having them for lunch! Thanks for the Foodbuzz add!