• 14Mar

    The platter in the back is jerk chicken.

    I tried George “Lenky” Beckford’s Sweet Mango Cafe jerk chicken at the Travel & Adventure Show and it was spicy, flavorful and delicious. Lenky participated in the “Fiery Food Challenge” vs. other chefs. Below is the recipe for Sweet Mango Cafe’s jerk seasoning.

    -JAY

    Ingredients:

    1 cup diced onion
    3 green onions (scallions), green and white parts, chopped
    1/2 cup minced garlic
    2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves or 2 tsp. dried
    1-2 tablespoons coarsely chopped ginger root (peeled by scraping)
    2-4 Scotch bonnet peppers (Caution, these are super-hot, little babies)
    1/4 cup pimento berries (2 tablespoons ground allspice)
    1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 cup lime juice
    4 bay leaves – crushed
    Pinch of cane sugar

    Directions:

    If using whole, roast the pimento berries in a dry skillet until they are fragrant, about 2 minutes. remove and crush them to a powder in a mortar and pestle or spice mill. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree to make a pulpy paste or thick sauce. There will be about a cup or more.

    Store in the refrigerator; it will keep for a month or more. Always check before using.

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