Perfect for barbecues or grilled chicken or fish, jerk paste is a classic caribbean seasoning rub that adds a huge amount of flavour to anything with which it is paired. If you like it hot, just add more chilli puree.
2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp caster sugar
1/2 nutmeg, finely grated
a big knob of fresh ginger, 3 cm or so, not peeled, finely chopped
3 fat garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1 onion, finely chopped
2 banana shallots, finely chopped
6 hot chillies, finely chopped (seeds left in if you like it hotter)
1 tbsp chilli puree
juice of 1/2 lime
1 tbsp olive oil
a small handful of fresh thyme leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz thoroughly. Nothing could be easier!