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).
No special skills or tools are required to make this stunning bread in the shape of a sheaf of wheat. Use it as a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table and let your guests enjoy it warm from the oven: It may seem too pretty to eat -- but is too delectable not to.