These "hamburgers" of Jamaica are found on every corner in towns throughout the country. Prepared by few Jamaicans at home, patties are usually enjoyed as an on-the-go treat. Yet they are simple and economical to make. Keep some uncooked in the freezer, and then bake them (for about fifteen minutes) as you need them. You can make them smaller to serve as appetizers. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
The avocado is known as a "pear" in Jamaica, and has also been called "poor man's butter." Those grown on the island have a smoother, lighter skin than Hass avocados, but the texture and the flesh are similar. There, avocados are most often served peeled and sliced with a morning meal or a sweet snack. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).