This is as authentic as it gets. Pate Kode is a Haitian Street delicacy that is easy to make and delicious. Don’t underestimate the homemade pastry, it’s quite versatile and makes some delicious patties.
These crispy patties are not your usual side dishes. Though they are a different from the usual fries and yuca; The natural flavor from the fillings are complimented by added ingredients such as onions, parsley and garlic.
Pate Kode is an inexpensive pure street comfort food. You can always find it from many street vendors in Haiti. Although you may find some varieties on the ingredients used ultimately, you will be satisfied.
Ingredients In Paté Kòdé
This recipe uses pantry staple ingredients.
- Cooking oil – We want a great amount of neutral tasting oil for this dish.
- Cabbage – We use shredded cabbage as it helps hold moisture.
- Spices – Chopped fresh parsley, mince garlic, peppers, salt and pepper to taste.
For the dough, all you’ll need are the following items listed below:
- All purpose flour
How To Make Pate Kode
The exact measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to make this recipe perfectly each time.
Chop or mince the garlic, bell pepper, and parsley. In a heated oil skillet, add the vegetables (Picture 1).
Season with salt and cajun seasoning (picture 2). Cook until the vegetables are soft then remove the vegetables from the heat. Set aside.
In a large bowl, add the flour. Make a well. Then add the water and oil (Picture 3). Knead the dough until just combined (Picture 4).
Roll into a small log (picture 5).
Cut the dough into 4 even pieces. You can make the patties as big or small as you’d like. We cut our dough into 4 pieces.
Working with one piece at a time, flatten the dough. Use a rolling pin if necessary (Picture 6).
Add a spoonful or a forkful spoon of the filling to the center of the dough (Picture 7).
Fold one half of the dough over to the meat the other half (Picture 8).
Press down with your finger firmly, then seal the dough with the back of the fork. Pierce the dough a few time as indicated in picture 9. This will help the dough to cook evenly and allow air to pass through as it cooks.
Deep Fry for about 5-8 minutes or until the golden dark brown (Picture 10).
Serve warm and enjoy as a side or as a snack.
What Else Can I Fill My Patties With?
This is a vegan recipe for pate kode. However, for those of you who are not vegan and want the option to jazz it up with your favorite meat options, here are some suggestions that can go in your delicious pate.
- Ground beef or turkey.
- Cooked shredded chicken.
- Browned mushrooms (not often added to this type of patty).
- Beans and corn for a vegetarian style patty.
- You can even add shrimp.
A typical street pate kode is made with herring (aranso), but we are introducing a healthier version not yet seen in Haiti’s streets. Enjoy this juicy and delicious vegan style filled with vegetables.
What To Serve Them With
The patties pair well with various side dishes and sauces. But, if you’re a pate fan, you will want to eat them all on their own!
- Sauce Ti Malice (Haitian Hot Sauce).
How To Store The Patties
These patties can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the fridge for up to 3 days.
In The Freezer
If you’d like to make these patties a few months ahead of time, arrange them uncooked on a baking sheet and place in the freezer till frozen through.
Transfer them in a freezer bag or in an airtight container and they will keep for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, allow them to thaw in the fridge then fry.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Yes, as long as the dough is suitable for frying.
Yes. However, if you are not used to handling dough, you may over process it. It is best to use your hands.
Absolutely! Feel free to use the habanero pepper or Scotch Bonnet pepper.
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For The Dough
- 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- ⅓ Cup Warm Water
- 4 Cups Vegetable Oil Or 1 quart for frying
For The Filling
- 2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- 2 Garlic Cloves Minced
- Half Bell Pepper Chopped. You may use orange, red, yellow, or green
- 1 Green Onion Chopped
- 1 Cup Shredded Cabbage
- 2 Tsp. Cajun Seasoning
- ¼ Tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Parsley Chopped
- 1 Tbsp. Water
Prepare The Filling
- In a large skillet, heat the oil, then add garlic, bell pepper, green onion. Cook for abou 2 minutes; stirring occasionally. Then add the cabbage.Next, add in the cajun seasoning, salt, parlsey, and water. Stir well to combine. Cook until the vegetables are soft on medium low heat. Once the vegetables are soft, remove the vegetables from the stove/heat. Set aside.
Prepare The Dough
- In a large bowl. Add the flour. Create a well and add in the oil and half of the water. Mix until just combined. Add the remaining water and use your hand to knead the dough. The dough should be wet enough where all of the flour incorporated, but dry enough where it does not stick to your hand.
- Roll the dough in a small log. Then cut the dough into 4 even pieces. Taking each piece, flatten the dough. Use a rolling pin to make it easier. Take a forkful or a spoonful of the filling and place it in the center of the dough. Take one half of the dough and fold it over.
- Press the edges with your finger to secure the dough, then use a fork to press down on the edges to lock and seal the edges. Place the patty in a hot oil and cook for 5-8 minutes or until golden brown on all sides. Repeat the steps with the remaining dough and enjoy as a side or snack.