Saturday, July 08, 2006

What a jerk!

Jerk seasoning, a staple in Jamaican cuisine, is not only easy to make, but is amazingly delicious. I like to marinate a bunch of chicken breasts and thigh pieces, grill them all up, and pack them for lunch. Traditionally, the chicken is grilled using a charcoal grill, but since I don't own one, I used a grill pan.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

- 1 chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup green onion tops
- 5 jalapenos

- 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly ground, if you can)
- 4 tsp pepper (white or black)

- 2 tbsp olive oil
- some rum

1. Throw all the above in a food processor and pulse on high until it becomes a somewhat coarse puree.
2. Rub your chicken pieces with some lime and salt and add enough of the jerk seasoning to provide some good coverage and marinate in the fridge overnight.
3. Grill it up and eat!


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