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There are as many versions of jerk seasoning as there are jerks. Central to them all is allspice, cinammon, nutmeg and Scotch Bonnet peppers (read habanero - the worlds hottest) then the food is cooked over pimiento wood.
The basic seasonings are usually made up into a jerk paste added to whatever other seasonings you might use. A simple jerk recipe is:
1 C. olive oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 bunch chopped scallions(green onions)
1/4 C. soy sauce
4 cloves crushed garlic
1/2 C. chopped parsley
1/4 C. ground allspice
2 T. fresh thyme leaves
2 Scotch Bonnet peppers (seeded
and chopped) wear gloves
1 t. black pepper
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
salt to taste - depends upon how salty
the soy sauce is.
Add a couple of tablespoons of this to whatever other seasonings you want to put on the chicken.
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