Monday, June 05, 2006

You are such a jerk...not

I found a recipe for jerk chicken. I've always wanted to make jerk chicken. So I add the ingredients to my shopping list. That night I go to prepare the chicken so it can marinate overnight, as a good jerk should. Wikipedia says jerk is a style of cooking where meats are rubbed with a fiery spice mixture. I take another look at the recipe and see that, sadly, I am the one being jerked. Around. This is not a recipe for jerk! Jerk is spicy! Jerk is complex! Jerk has many ingredients! Things like brown sugar and lime juice or orange juice! This is...just chicken. So, I gathered up my ingredients, threw the recipe out and made...
Sara's Schmuck Chicken!
(See? Because schmuck is another work for jerk? Get it? ...hello?)
Serves 4 with leftovers
1 scotch bonnet pepper, seeded and chopped finely minced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 cup oil
8-10 chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

Put all ingredients except chicken in a food processor and pulse until mixed. Toss with the chicken and cover and refrigerate over night. The next day, cook as you like - fry, broil, grill or bbq.
The verdict? Quite nice! Green and tasty - but not jerk.
Does anyone out there have a jerk recipe to recommend?


Michele said...

I have a jerk recipe on my blog that is REALLY good, just add jalapeno or scotch bonnet pepper if you want it really hot, me and my family don't like it that hot. Here's the link:

Sara said...

Thanks Michele!