When you cook with puff pastry, you know that something irresistibly crispy awaits you. And today, we want to show you how you can use it to make super crusty, savoury pastries with a Caribbean spin. Inspired by the classic Haitian pate kode, these generous patties are spicy and full of flavour, stuffed with a tasty vegetable filling.
Pâté kòde is a beloved snack food in Haitian culinary traditions. It's a fried patty usually filled with beef, chicken, or herring; it's rich, indulgent, and with bold flavours. In our healthier plant-based version, we swapped meat with beans and oven-baked the pastries instead of frying them.
Preparing these vegan patties is super easy, as you can use a ready-made dairy-free pastry instead of preparing the dough from scratch. Just cut it into rectangles, add the veggie filling, and shape them into patties. All is left to do is to bake them until puffed and crusty. We bet they won't last long once out of the oven (ours definitely didn't)!
Haitian cuisine is a Creole cuisine based on a fusion of French, African, and Spanish culinary traditions. To honour this rich history, we used only ingredients that are common in Haiti, like bell peppers, Scotch bonnet chillies, red beans, and other local spices.
We chose to replace meat with red kidney beans as they add proteins, flavour and texture to the veggie filling. They also have very little fat and plenty of fibres. If you want to swap them with other beans, check out our tips below for suggestions.
One of these Haitian patties comes in just a little over 200 calories, and it makes a satisfying snack when you crave a crunchy and exciting nibble. You can make the pastries ahead of time, bring them to a party or pack them for an outdoor lunch — they taste great hot or cold.