The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


The Making of a Raekwon Patty

Occasionally I cook for Raekwon the Chef. A year or two ago I visited him at a video shoot to discuss his menu for the next day. He requested the same ol’ thing he’s always asked for when he’s in town: Teriyaki Salmon, Yellow Rice, Grilled Chicken and Green Beans. Don’t get me wrong, thats tasty and all but I was bored of making him the same thing every time. So I tell him that I can cook all sorts of things and asked if he wanted to try something different. So he thinks for a minute, head cocked to the side and hand on his beard and tells me, “yeah, my Grandmother used to make these patties… like beef patties but with turkey instead, make that too.” That was it, he had to leave.

He really got me on that one! What the hell was he talking about… a regular patty like a hamburger patty? Or maybe he meant like a Jamaican patty? I searched for recipes, called friends grandmas and went with the gut instinct that I was making a jamaican type patty. It was about 2am and I had 12 hours to develop an exact recipe for patties, cook the rest of the meal, look fly and deliver the whole shebang to his hotel in the valley (from Long Beach). Here’s how it all went down…

Fresh Thyme is the key and it takes a looong time to get it separate like this

Fresh Thyme is the key and it takes a looong time to get it separated like this

After the thyme is stripped, I saute onions, garlic & thyme in a lil olive oil. Then I add ground turkey and special seasonings.

Curry & tumeric are crucial to this dish

Curry & tumeric are crucial to this dish

Next I add coconut milk for creamy goodness

Next I add coconut milk for creamy goodness

Once its all mixed up, I remove the mix from heat and mix up the dough

Once its all mixed up, I remove the mix from heat and mix up the dough

Once the dough is mixed, I roll it out and cut squares for the patties

Once the dough is mixed, I roll it out and cut squares for the patties

I remove the excess dough and save it to roll out again

I remove the excess dough and save it to roll out again

I add a scoop of filling to the dough and fold it over

I add a scoop of filling to the dough and fold it over

Then I seal it shut by squishing the edges together with a fork

Then I seal it shut by squishing the edges together with a fork

Next I coat the patties with egg glaze to make them shiny

Next I coat the patties with egg glaze to make them shiny

Now they are ready to pop in the oven

Now they are ready to pop in the oven

Once they come out, Wa-lah… The Raekwon Patty!

RaekwonPattySo anyways, back to the story… Its like an Iron Chef challenge at my house, I’m running around like  a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everything done and make it to the hotel in time. We get there, Rae is about to leave but of course he stays cause we brought the bomb food. I was all nervous wondering if I made the kind of patty he was talking about. So I serve Raekwon and Kay (his brother) up and the moment of truth arrived. Rae picked up the patty, took a nice big bite and chewed it up. Then he tells me, “You know Junebugg, I dont eat other people’s food but this right here (he waves the patty in the air) this is just like my Grandmother used to make, Rest In Peace!” OH MY GOD, HANDS DOWN THE BEST COMPLIMENT I EVER RECEIVED!

KayJuneRaeAnother variation of the patty I make is the Project Pat-ty. It is vegetarian with sweet potato and other goodies inside

Project Pat-tys are the same idea as the Raekwon Patty, just vegetarian

Project Pat-tys are the same idea as the Raekwon Patty, just vegetarian

mmm, the final product!

mmm, the final product!

ProjectPatty

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a Cake for Raekwon the Chef
April 1, 2009, 5:54 am
Filed under: a Cake for Raekwon the Chef, Cooking, DJing, Rapper's Delight

I made this for him and he didn’t even get to eat it!
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